There is a lot of quality material in here, from how Hasselbeck wound up playing quarterback to how he’s Matthew to family and Matt to virtually everyone else.
But the overriding theme is the most interesting element to it: Instead of thinking the quarterback is the guy who needs things to work right to succeed, Hasselbeck sees himself as a facilitator for the rest of the offense, trying to make sure things go right for everyone else.
It’s an unconventional view, especially when you hear him explain it.
“[The] fact that Hasselbeck did not necessarily set out to be a quarterback remains central to his approach. He did not seek the starring role and all the pressure and perks that accompany it, and in many ways he still does not think -- or act -- like so many of the other egomaniacs who relish such things.
“’At the end of the day, I think for me, I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help the guys on the offense -- specifically on the offense as a quarterback -- to help those guys be successful -- whatever that means,’ he said. ‘If you’re working out in the summer and you’re the guy that brings the water for everybody ... it’s almost like you’re serving them.
“OK, what can I do to help you? What can I do to make your job easier?”
That is the sort of leadership that the Titans were unaccustomed to from their lead quarterback in recent years. And it’s the unique quarterbacking mindset that’s doing an awful lot for Tennessee -- helping win Hasselbeck both games and fans.