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Holmgren: Not enough throws downfield

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 4, 2006 at 2:35 pm with 7 Comments »
December 4, 2006 2:35 pm

Mike Holmgren’s press conference is ongoing. He is answering questions about the team’s 23-20 victory over Denver last night. He allowed that he could have been more aggressive offensively. “I probably didn’t call enough throws down the field,” he said. “Then we had a couple things going and Matt (Hasselbeck) had to get out of it because of protection things and he had to change the plays. That’s just unlucky. Because of the defenses they are in at the particular time. Our guys did a nice job in pass protection so I should have gone down the field more. But I did have respect for who they have on defense. I didn’t think they were going to score too much on us. I didn’t want to do anything to get careless or wild to wreck that.”

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  1. deaman01 says:

    At least he admits the shortcoming that had me screaming at my TV last night. After zipping down the field in three plays for the go-ahead TD, we turn two short fields on the next two drives into a momentum-numbing succession of “runs to set up a field goal.” Score a touchdown instead on one of those drives and our horrendous tackling on that last gift TD becomes a moot point.

    Oh well, a win’s a win, especially in Denver. But I’ll be looking for some more agressive play calling the rest of the year. We MUST get this offense moving.

  2. Did the injury to Strong factor into this decision at all? Strong seems to be a key in picking up blitzes so that could have played a part.

  3. Im thinking this time of year isn’t when you try and win with dink and dunk offense. Open it up a bit more and knock the other team out, stand on their kneck and show the other inferior teams we still are the NFC CHAMPIONS and can still play like it. Arizona shouldn’t even be in this next game but I have a pretty good feeling it will be closer than it should be.

  4. i was disappointed that holmgren was not cinfident enough in his offense to open up the offense, if they would have done that i think this game could have been a blow out, because the pass protection has been outstanding, once locklear is back look out for the o-line play. it is time to get the offense rolling.

  5. drmossguy says:

    This proves my theory sort of: Holmgren mostly coaches to ”avoid losing” instead of ”beat the snot out of the other guys.”

    I actually disagree with myself at this point and while Holmgren is too conser vative I think his approach shows tremendous confidence in his team. He has the faith that by playing not to lose his team is good enough to control the score with gthe least effort. His approach shows confidence that if they need to they can march 70 yards in 90 seconds and win a close one.

    Its not always inspiring and its definitely frustrating and the source of many lost years on my life expectancy, but here the Hawks are, healthy and getting a run going at the most critical point of the year.

    Maybe I am way off. But there is something Pete Sampras and Federer like about the coaching of Holmgren.

    But man he drives me crazy most of the time as a fan/spectator…

  6. The ultra conservative playing didn’t cost us the win, but just barely.
    If Burleson drops that 3 and 6 ball (a distinct possibility) on the last drive, we give the ball back with decent field position and enough time for Denver to score a TD.
    Imagine the horror of that scenario yet it was totally in the realm of possibility (remember the previous possesion by Denver … 1 play one TD).
    My point is not to dwell on hypotheticals, but to point out that by not aggressively trying to put the ball in the end zone after the Babinoux pic and settling for a field goal, we put ourselves in a dangerous position.
    If we score a TD there it’s game over.
    Lastly, scoring a TD at that point is what good teams do; Put the dagger in the heart.
    The non Seahawk fans across the country who watched this game could not have been impressed and if their team is in contention in the NFC, would have to be excited to draw the Seahawks in a playoff game.

    The upside I believe is that the Hawks can be much better than what we saw.
    I hope to see this team I envision…soon.

  7. One more thought and his applies to any teams offense. When long pass plays aren’t ran, not only does it cause the secondary to play up and anticipate the short pass or run, the offense is also depriving itself of PI calls.
    This rule is so much in favor of the WR that any time you throw long even if the ball is not caught, there’s a good chance of PI being called.
    I had really never thought about this before, but it was pointed out by one of the commentators during the Bears – Patriots game a few weeks ago. The Bears were the beneficiaries of a few in that game. In that it was Grossman throwing the passes the chances of them becoming a reception was slim, but the was a little contact and sure enough flags were thrown on a few plays.

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