Holmgren had praise for the defense and expressed concern over the offense’s first half. He said outside of Steven Jackson’s 53-yard TD rn in the first quarter, the unit played good and was “up to the task.” He singled out Deon Grant, Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings and Patrick Kerney for having solid games. He said Jennings had his best game of the season.
Offense was another matter. He said he thought the unit was “out of sync” until it went into their 2-minute package. He said the Rams showed lots of looks that they had not seen before, and that the Rams did a good job of switching formations late on Hasselbeck. He was very concerned about the line’s protection of Hasselbeck, saying “It is very, very important that he doesn’t get hit like that.” What he liked about the offense was the halftime adjustments that allowed the Seahawks to better handle the Rams pressure and how Hasselbeck played a “courageous game.”
Special teams weren’t so special, Holmgren said. He had stern words for the snapping of Boone Stutz, saying at this point in the season the snapping has to be automatic and that the Seahawks are too much of an adventure right now. Yes, Holmgren used the word adventure. He said there will be an emphasis on snapping this week and that while teams don’t need to make a change just to make a change, if there’s someone who helps make the team better the Seahawks have not hesitated to make a move… He noted that Ryan Plackemeier did an excellent job of getting a high snap down on Josh Brown’s 52 yard miss late in the game. He said he does not think Brown’s the problem.
On penalties, Holmgren was not happy about the flag thrown on Deon Grant late in the game. He said he thought the PI that was called was one of those that “could have been left alone” and that “Isaac Bruce (Rams WR) did a good job of calling that play.” The other issue was a play when Rob Simms had his helmet ripped off and thrown 20 yards down the field … yet no flag. He said the team is sending tape of the play to the league to review.