Mike Holmgren’s weekly meeting with the media was a lightly attended affair, presumably because of tomorrow’s holiday. There also was not a ton that came out of it, in part because they are winning and in part because the Shaun Alexander topic remains on the back burner.
It is interesting because Holmgren continues to dodge Shaun’s issues. He said he was going to go out there and run around. “Practicing?” No, not practicing. “So does that mean he is not playing?” You’ve attended my press conferences before, right?
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
I asked Holmgren if, because of Mo’s success, he was tempted to let Shaun just get 100 percent healthy before he returns. He said that was the conversation he had with Shaun, don’t come back until you are fully healthy because you could get hurt again. My question then is who is determining whether Shaun is 100 percent? Is it Shaun? Is it the medical staff? Is it Holmgren? Is it Morris’ performance?
A few other highlights:
Holmgren said almost everybody has a chance to play this week, including Will Herring. He said they are in the enviable position of trying to figure out who can play rather than who cannot.
Here is an interesting stat, which Dave Boling is addressing in his column tomorrow: In the team’s six wins, the Seahawks have 28 sacks. In their four losses, they have three sacks. Can you say correlation?
In regards to that, I asked Holmgren to evaluate Patrick Kerney relative to the salary he is earning. He said first of all, he does not take salary into account. Once a player is signed, they are signed and then performance is what matters. He said he thinks Kerney is having a good year, and his contributions cannot be measured only by his numbers. What he means for other players, what he means in the locker room, what he means for inspiring other players because of his high motor, all those things are intangibles that go into his value. It has been my experience that if Holmgren does not like what a player is doing, he says he is doing “fine.” If he likes a player, he expands on the question. So I would say he genuinely likes what Kerney is doing.
Matt Hasselbeck will not practice this week but will play. Holmgren said it is something he can do because of his experience. He will try to throw on the side at the end of the week but will not practice even then, it sounded like. He will spend the first part of practice in the training room, the last part with the team watching the 7-on-7 drills.
No great anecdotes today but I will feed you some quotes later today.