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Archives: Sep. 2008

Sep.
30th

A tasteless brouhaha brewing with New York

I wanted to point out a cyber-controversy currently brewing that was pointed out to me by a Seahawks fan, Jason, in New York.


There is a web site called Seahawkshuddle.com, which kicked off this week by posting very tasteless and unfeeling jokes about the victims of 9/11, run under a picture of a smoldering New York skyline on that day.


Then, the New York Daily News picked up on the site, and its long-time beat writer, Ralph Vacchiano, posted something on his blog.


Understandably, some New York Giants fans are outraged at what was written on

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Sep.
30th

QB Bulger back in starting role for Rams

One of the first moves St. Louis Rams coach Jim Haslett made today was installing Marc Bulger back as the starting quarterback for his team.


"Marc will be the starting quarterback for the rest of the year, unless something happens," Haslett told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


In other NFL News, the Oakland Raiders fired head coach Lane Kiffin today. According to an ESPN report, Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Kiffin. The Raiders will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. to talk about the move.

Sep.
30th

Morning links: Hawks now have depth at WR

With the return of Deion Branch and Bobby Engram, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren has a good problem of too many bodies at wide receiver.

By the end of the week he’ll have to decide if Branch and Engram are healthy enough to play, and if so, how to use those veteran receivers in a rotation along with the other guys in a package that gives the team the best chance to win.

If Branch is healthy, he seems the most likely person to start at split end. And if Engram can go, he’d be the most likely person to play flanker. Engram could then slide inside to play slot during three-receiver sets, with Keary Colbert filling in at flanker.

However, both Billy McMullen and Michael Bumpus have made plays early in the season and deserve some time as well. Add Koren Robinson and Courtney Taylor to the mix, and it will be interesting to see what kind of rotation Holmgren comes up with.

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Frank Hughes talks to wide receiver Deion Branch, and he confidently says he’s ready to go after eight months of rehabbing an ACL injury. A healthy Branch would add a spark to Seattle’s offense. Branch said he’ll ask teammates to be more physical with him during practice so he can test the stability of his knee.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press has more on Branch.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have the pleasant problem of having too many healthy receivers. Coach Mike Holmgren said he’ll try to figure out a rotation by the end of the week.

Johnson also notes the return of Sean Locklear to right tackle in this notebook.

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Sep.
29th

Deion Branch says he is ready to go

While Mike Holmgren was more cautious about saying Deion Branch is ready to come back, Branch himself boldly stated that he is going to play against the Giants on Sunday.

He said he may not have been able to play two weeks ago, but he now knows he is mentally ready to go out on the field and give it his all. He is setting aside all talk about coming back too early (this will be only eight months) and says every person is different. He said Dr. Andrews told him his leg is healthy, now he just has to get his mind right — and it is right.

He said he is going to get any anxiety about getting hit on the knee out of the way early by taking some shots on it in practice this week. He said he likely is not going to do that in front of reporters, but he will do that so he does not have concerns heading into the game.

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Sep.
29th

Morning links: Rams fire Linehan

The Rams made Scott Linehan the first coach to be let go this year, firing Linehan this morning after a fourth straight loss to start the season.

Jim Haslett, defensive coordinator for the Rams will take over on an interim basis.

"I have enormous respect for Scott Linehan as a person and believe under the right circumstances he will be regarded one day as a fine head coach," owner Chip Rosenbloom said in a prepared statement released to the media. "Unfortunately, the situation with the Rams as they exist today is no longer acceptable and we have to make a change."

Linehan finished with an 11-25 record in his first stint as a head coach. The Rams have been outscored 147-43 this season, and have allowed at least 30 points in seven straight games dating back to last year.

The move was made heading into the Rams’ bye week and several hours after the Buffalo Bills outscored them 25-0 in the second half of a 31-14 victory Sunday.

St. Louis has lost 17 of its last 20 games overall.

The 0-4 start is the second straight for the Rams, who lost their first eight games last year en route to a 3-13 finish that landed them with the second pick in the draft.

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Sep.
29th

Today’s schedule

The Seahawks have not yet confirmed this, but I think they are resuming a regular-season schedule today, which means that Mike Holmgren will meet with us at about 2:15 to preview the Giants game and give us updates on which injured players are going to be back, though on his show with Paul Silvi last night he maintained that he expected everybody back. I’ll update the blog when I hear definitively what the schedule is today and for the rest of the week.