Matt Hasselbeck said the Seahawks Week 6 win over the Bears was the first time he ran the offense the way first-year coach Pete Carroll wanted him to.
"That was the first game where I found the balance that Pete's looking for in terms of being aggressive but being smart, protecting the football," he said. "But at the same time you don't want to drive a car like a student driver. You want to drive a car like you know what you're doing without being reckless."
Hasselbeck completed 25 of 40 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 23-20 win.
"If we can just keep games tight and we're still in the game and you get to play with decision-making that is sound instead of crazy desperation things, then you can play football the way you want and you've got a chance to win the game."
Hasselbeck said Carroll tells lots of stories, including some about the 1985 Bears.
"We'll keep that confidential til after this game," Hasselbeck said. "I don't want to offend any of the '85 Bears. I think a lot of those guys. They might still come after me."
The veteran is in the final year of his contract and doesn't know if he will return to Seattle next season.
"We've had good communication all year long, even going back to March when they made a trade," Hasselbeck said. "They're looking for the next guy here; I get that, I know that. I'm not concerning myself with that. I'm just trying to play the best football I can."