Ask T.J. Houshmandzadeh
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM ETT.J. Houshmandzadeh
Seattle Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh chatted live on Friday, Feb. 19, discussing his first season in Seattle, playing for Pete Carroll and more.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi everyone. I'm in the mix now, had to tape some things for Total Access later today. I'm ready for your questions. Let's go.
5:18 PM ETDo you think the Seahawks have a genuine shot at winning the NFC West next season?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle Seahawks100 percent. Of course, why wouldn't I? We have as much of a shot as anyone else. The Cardinals lost their best player, the guy who pretty much dominated the division the last couple of years.
5:22 PM ETDo you feel 09 was a let down season for yourself?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksOh yeah. I would say I was disappointed in myself, I was disappointed in the way I approached a lot of things, for whatever reason. But I learned from it, it won't happen again. When you expect a lot and get just a little ... I didn't handle it well, and I learned from it.
Ian , Long Beach
5:24 PM ETI heard you ate a hot dog at the snack bar after you scored a touchdown when you went to Cerritos College. Is that true?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksOK, so I had been hurt and missed two games. We were playing a game and were down right before the half. I begged the coach to let me return a kick, and he finally agreed. I returned it for a TD, and I went right through the end zone to a stand that was on the sidelines and got a hot dog. I only ate part of it, though. The offensive coordinator was mad, but the coach was cool with it.
jim, DANA POINT CAL
5:26 PM ETBig fan TJ and huge Seahawks fan down here in So. cal. What was your first impression when Pete Caroll was brought in? How good do you think young deon butler can be? GO HAWKS!
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksI was excited. You know his track record, and the fact that he's had success in the NFL in the past, even if it wasn't championship success. For me personally, bringing in the OC and the new receivers coach that excites me too.
Nick, Kirkland, WA
5:27 PM ETTJ, Will the new offensive coaching staff make a difference this year or was last year just the guys underachieving all together?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Nick. I believe the coaching staff will make a difference. I'm very optimistic about that. I think when you don't have the type of success you expected, it's a combination of coaches not coaching well and guys not reachign their level. I do think the new staff will make a big difference, though.
Travis, Bellingham, WA
5:29 PM ETTJ, it was a shame to see the low number of touches you had last season. Do you think the new staff will focus on getting the ball into your capable hands more often?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Travis. I believe I will get more opportunities to make plays when the game matters. Last year, I didn't handle being told one thing and then seeing another very well. That played a part in it -- the touches and the looks. But, from what I'm told, things will be different. As long as we win, I'm fine with it. My touches can be minimal -- as long as we win, I'm cool.
alfie , texas
5:31 PM EThey tj, i am a big fan ... i just wanted to ask you how do you think Pete Caroll will do in his first year as head coach?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksFirst off, I expect change, and more wins. But, talking to him, it's exciting. Everything is going to be completitive, it's going to be a competitive environment, which will be different. There will be a lot of energy.
Nathon, Richmond Hill Canada
5:32 PM ETFinish this sentence, Seahawks when the division if...
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle Seahawksthey throw me the ball!!! LOL, J/K. But I do think we have to be focused, we have to be willing to put in the neccessary work to win, and have an open mind about the changes that are gonig to happen, and then embrace it 100 percent. I think if you're not all in, there's a problem.
5:34 PM ETTJ, would really love to see you answer this question...do you regret signing with the Seahawks rather than with the Vikings? Explain why or why not
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksShort-term, of course Dave. But I think in about two to three more years, we'll be right there. It's so early to talk about this. If Brett Favre is not there, do they have the type of season they had? And he wasn't there when free agency was going on. That was a big piece of the puzzle that wasn't there at the time. But short term? Who doesn't want to be in the playoffs. But I think we'll have a better season than they will this year -- that's just me being optimistic.
5:37 PM ETDo you think Matt Hasselback still has some years left?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Ben. If you can protect him -- and this goes for any QB -- and make him feel comfortable, of course.
5:37 PM ETHow much of a factor is the 12th man at home games?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHey Dustin. Seattle has the loudest stadium in the NFL. And that's just from being a visitor. I say it because there's no secret we didn't have a good season, and they were loud the entire time, especially the last few games. That's hard to do when your team is losing.
5:38 PM ETIs route-running a science or is it more just a matter of different qb's wanting you to be in different spots and adjusting to that?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Jared. Football is universal. Route-running is hard work, wanting to be great at it doesn't come easy, that's for sure. A lot of guys' downfall is they have athleticism, but no route-running skills. Only a few can get away with that. At the end of the day, if you can't run routes and sink your hips on the cuts and turns, you'll have problems.
5:40 PM ETWhos the leagues best route runner?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Pete. I'll go with myself, Chad Ochocinco, Reggie Wayne, Anquan Boldin. I like Donald Driver and Greg Jennings too. Oh and Derrick Mason too, he's really good.
Tarenpreet, Windsor, ON
5:41 PM ETDear Housh What are you feeling about Justin Forsett? How would you compare him to other running backs in the league? Sincerely, Tarren
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHey Tarren. Forsett is a nice change of pace. He did a lot of good things last year. It's tough to compare him, unless you're going to compare him to guys his size -- like Leon Washington or Darren Sproles maybe. But they're different players. He can catch the ball and get out and run certain routes. Marshall Faulk was a pioneer of those types of backs, but he was both big and fast.
5:43 PM ETWhos got the best hands in the NFL?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksMe!!! Why would you think I'd say anyting else! OK, I'll also say Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant from what I've seen on TV.
5:45 PM ETHi TJ what new dance moves can we expect to see from you when you score TD next year?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksNone Ben. I gave that up in college. Chad experienced success before I did, and if I were to be myself, they'll say I'm trying to act like him. People who know me and know us know how I really am. So I'll be low key.
5:47 PM ETWhat do you think needs to be addressed offensively? o-line? quarterback? what would you like to see in the draft?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksAs for the offense, more than anything we just need to be on the same page in terms of execution and attention to detail. It's about knowing the offense and knowing our jobs, and then working at it.
Tanner, Southern California
5:48 PM ETYo T.J. I'm a huge Seahawks fan. What do you think of Deon Butler? Do you expect him to see more passes thrown his way this upcoming season?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Tanner. I like calling him "Young Buck" a lot. He'll get opportunities. I think if you show you deserve the opportunities you'll get htem. He works hard, he wants to learn -- as long as you show that attitude and you stay healthy, you in a sense write your own book.
5:50 PM ETplease answer!! Talk a lil about chris henry. what did he bring to the bengals?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksFootball-wise, he was very explosive down the field and could make game-changing plays. He had great hand-eye coordination. He had the ability to maintain is top-end speed for what seemed like forever.
As a person, I think a great example of a person who made mistakes, but mistakes that your average person makes and it isn't a big deal, but didn't get it after his first or second time. But he did get it after awhile. It's sad to see someone who changes, but you dont' get to see the full development of it. I think if his life hadn't ended to abruptly, we would have seen that. I know from talking to him that he had made those changes, he was different.
5:53 PM ETHey TJ - big Fan. How hard was it to hear about WR Henry - he was a big talent. Greetings from Vienna.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksIt was a shock Salah. Anytime someone passes away that you've spent a lot of time with, it's a shock. What made it worse was to know that he was making changes in his life. It wouldn't have been as shocking if it had happened a few years earlier, before he had made changes in his life. I think that was the biggest thing.
5:55 PM ETWhat does your name T.J. stand for?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Cris. I'm not exactly sure?? Ok, the T is for Touraj. But the "J" I'm really not exactly sure, to be honest. It could be because I'm a Junior.
5:59 PM ETWhat did you think of the lime green jerseys you guys wore? I thought they looked pretty cool.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksOh, I loved them! I wish we could have some black jerseys though -- like black pants and lime jerseys. That would be sweet.
Steve, Hayden, ID
6:01 PM ETWikipedia says the "J" stands for Jeje...lol does that ring a bell?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksWhat? They know more than I do!
6:01 PM ETWho's the toughest CB you ever faced? I know no one can stop you but who could hang with you the longest before you break off
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHi Michael. I think Leigh Bodden is really good. Al Harris. I haven't played against Darrelle Revis.
6:08 PM ETWhere are you working out right now? And who are you working out with?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksRight now, just doing my power yoga. But, as I progress through the offseason, who ever wants to work hard, that's who I work with. I might work out with Larry Ftizgerald as we get closer to camp.
JD , Valencia Ca
6:09 PM ETHoooshy! big fan, just a thought ...you runnnin the Wildcat! What you think? will Carroll be down?
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHey JD. Who knows!? I think I can do it. But be prepared to get crushed by some D-lineman, which I don't want to do either!
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle SeahawksHey everyone, I'm out of time for today. It was cool to chat and take your questions, thanks for all the love from Seattle and Cincy. I'll be on Total Access today at 7 p.m. ET with Fran Charles and Jamie Dukes. Take care everyone.
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