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.