High expectations

Seahawks receiver Houshmandzadeh is ready for the Bears

September 23, 2009, 5:57 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST -- T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the biggest free agent wide receiver on the market this offseason, but despite all the Bears uncertainty at the position, Jerry Angelo decided to take a pass.

 T.J. Houshmandzadeh

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh said he plans to show Jerry Angelo how well he can play on Sunday.

"Ah man, the Bears ain't holler at me," the receiver said Wednesday on a conference call with Chicago media. "Jerry Angelo probably didn't think I could play, so I'm going to show him Sunday."

"I didn't hear from Chicago, I don't think my agent did, I know I didn't," said Houshmandzadeh. "It is what it is, they got good receivers there.

"Devin Hester is going to develop into a pretty good receiver. He has great quickness, great lateral movement, great speed, great hand-eye coordination. So, he should be able to develop into a pretty good receiver, if he has the coaching and they open up the pass game for him."

It's not like Houshmandzadeh is losing sleep over not coming to Chicago -- especially since he received a 5-year, $40 million dollar contract from Seattle.

"I could care less, that's their choice, that's what makes America great," said the veteran. "You have a right to do what you want to do, and they chose not to do that."

Houshmandzadeh should be a central figure Sunday at Qwest Field, and gave a ringing endorsement for Seahawks back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace, who may start because of Matt Hasselbeck's rib injury.

Regardless of the quarterback, Houshmandzadeh believes he'll get the football, and he began watching film of the Bears defense Tuesday, paying close attention to second-year cornerback Zack Bowman.

"He did pretty well [against the Steelers]," said Houshmandzadeh. "For him, it's just kind of getting out there and getting a feel for it.

"Obviously, coming from Nebraska, I'm assuming when he first got to Nebraska they were a run team and they kind of evolved to a passing team. So he probably got better as his college career went on."

Despite the kind words, Houshmandzadeh is a typical elite wide receiver, who often walks the fine line between confidence and cockiness.

"It don't matter who it is [guarding me]," said the wideout. "It could be an inexperienced [guy], it could be Champ Bailey, it doesn't matter. I feel like I'm going to get open. If the protection is there, it doesn't matter who it is. Sometimes those guys without experience are the ones who will make plays because they don't realize what's on the line. They just play real freely. The boy [Bowman] is big, he can play, he can run. You can't take nobody for granted in this league because as soon as you do that's when you'll get put out."

"Look, I'm going to be realistic with you guys," he continued, "I feel like I'm going to get open, every play, every time. But, those guys get paid too. So, I feel like I'm going to win regardless, but I just got to be realistic with it; I'm going to win 95 percent of the time, and they can get the other five percent."


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