Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck on MFB: ‘No one cares’ about Deflategate
|01.23.15 at 2:46 pm ET|
Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joined Middays with MFB on Friday morning to discuss Deflategate and his team’s reaction to it. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.
“For me and my teammates, we’re pretty surprised how big this thing has gotten,” the former Boston College QB said. “For us, they kicked our butts. … So I think for us, that’s all it was. It wasn’t anything about footballs or anything about that. It was about, you know what, we’ve got to reevaluate everything that we know about how to beat this team, because clearly what we’ve tried hasn’t even come close to working.”
Hasselbeck said he learned of the controversy after the game while heading out of town with his team, and the Colts were not very concerned with it.
“I had no idea that by Monday it would be the story that it was,” Hasselbeck said. “For me it’s not even that big of a competitive advantage, if true.”
A former Patriots ball boy (when his father played for the team), Hasselbeck said the Colts players had “no reaction” when hearing the news.
“I think we were just deflated and probably just a little embarrassed about how uncompetitive the game was. It just wasn’t even a competitive game,” he said. adding: “For us as players, even with the knowledge, even with it coming across our Twitter timeline, was not a big deal. It wasn’t something even most guys understood. No one cares. Even now, I would say, if you polled the guys on our defense or the guys up front, no one cares. They want it to go away probably as much as the Patriots do. They just want a chance to redo the game next year, hopefully if we’re lucky enough to get back to the playoffs and play them again.”
“Even if true, it’s not that much of a competitive advantage,” he said. “To me, it’s not that big of a deal. I could see maybe if someone gets caught lying and someone gets mad and says, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t have lied to us. Now we’re mad.’ But to me the whole deflate football thing is not that big of a deal, whatever the PSI is.
“And I think I could tell, I think I could tell easily with my eyes closed, with the ball in my hand. But even then, I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”
Hasselbeck guessed that the issue might have been made larger because of the magnitude of an AFC championship game.
“This is not like a normal game,” he said, adding: “Maybe no one would notice on a normal game, but everyone’s going to notice on this game.”
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