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Mike Holmgen press conference highlights

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 31, 2007 at 1:03 pm with 5 Comments »
October 31, 2007 1:03 pm

Deion Branch is questionable for Sunday’s game. Holmgren said he is 50-50, still bothered by the sprained foot that he suffered in the Pittsburgh game. Just from his tone, I would say Holmgren did not sound optimistic, especially when you take into account the timing issues with receivers.

As I alluded to on Monday, Holmgren said he will use some different combinations in today’s practice to try to strengthen the running game. He was not specific on what those combinations might be, and he said they may not necessarily be implemented in the game, but he feels he need to do something to change the fortunes of the running game.

In light of Hackett and potentially Branch coming back, and Holmgren’s emphasis on improving the running game, I asked him if he feels more compelled to focus on getting the passing game in sync or the running game? He said the team is committed to fixing the run game, that is what needs to come around if they want to accomplish their aspirations, and so they are focusing on the run game. That said, it may change on Sunday depending on the flow of the game, but the focus during the week and during the game planning will be on the run game.

Holmgren said both Charlie Frye and Brian Russell can help the Seahawks game plan for Sunday, but pointed out that there is the “we know that you know what we want to do” game going on, which may mean that Cleveland might change things to outsmart Seattle.

I’ll post a few quotes from the press conference later, particularly some stuff about how Holmgren feels about the running game.

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  1. PapaHawk says:

    did holmgren bust into the Ralph Cramden accent to say the “We know that you know that we want to do” thing?

    Bad news about Branch, good news on Hackett. The Hawks seem to be more cautious with injuries than many other teams, I wonder why? Probably because they see the big picture. Either that, or Branch has adopted the Darrell Jackson technique for rehabbing injuries. He needs to be back.

  2. PapaHawk says:

    Bobby Engram rules.

  3. truehawk says:

    I think the Hawks are just extremely cautious with ALL injuries, they treat these guys like babies.

  4. navy_at_3 says:

    “which may mean that Cleveland might change things to outsmart Seattle.”

    I Highly doubt that. Cleveland is using what works best. Throw deep (most are jump balls) to B. Edwards. He’s tall enough to yank most of them down. Jamal lewis will get a few more rushing attempts and may do some damage with them… but then again we already know this. Clev is not the type of team to mix things up depending on opp. They have and will always do what works, and do it very well. Theres no surprise. Key matchups pressure on D Anderson (who can scramble so watch out) and our secondary vs B Edwards.

    This week, emphisis should be on D (even though i’d love nothing more then to see one of our RB’s get 100 yards rushing and a touchdown or two).

  5. Holmgren says all week and during the game they will be focusing on running. But what I hear is “we will pass, pass, pass, pass. And to mix it up, we will pass.”

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