Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren just had his weekly news conference, during which he said Pro Bowl defensive end Patrick Kerney, who injured his shoulder against San Francisco on Sunday, is unlikely to play against Philly this weekend. Holmgren said the shoulder, which was surgically repaired in the offseason, was more sore today than it was on Monday. Holmgren said the real concern is that Kerney is concerned. Usually, Holmgren said, the player says they will be fine. But Kerney said he not sure what to expect, the cause for some consternation. Baraka Atkins will move into the defensive end rotation, though it sounds like Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson will start.
Holmgren said Lofa Tatupu is likely to play, though his practice time will be limited this week. Matt Hasselbeck, Will Heller and Deion Branch are out. Of Branch, Holmgren said that they are just going to shut him down. He said Branch had been rehabbing and then when they tested his heel it flared up again. So they are not going to have him do anything with the hope that the heel heals. Holmgren said it was the heel and not something else.
Of Seneca Wallace, Holmgren said that he took the next step in the San Francisco game, and Holmgren hopes that he continues to improve against Philly. He said Seneca is a good QB against Philadelphia because they like to blitz a lot and Wallace obviously can be elusive.
A lot of the session was about the relationship between Holmgren and Eagles coach Andy Reid, whom Holmgren coached with at BYU, then hired in Green Bay. Reid was a grad assistant at BYU. In Green Bay, Holmgren moved him from offensive line coach to tight ends coach to expand his vision. Then he moved him to QB coach. Reid was offered the OC job in San Fran under Steve Mariucci, but Holmgren blocked that move. He then called the Eagles owner to endorse Reid when that job came open. I think the two really genuinely like each other, and it’s pretty obvious by the way they speak about one another.
Holmgren said he obviously wants to improve the running game, which had 39 yards on 28 carries. He said San Fran was using a lot of movement to disrupt their running game.
Holmgren said he likes Josh Wilson a lot and sees him getting better and better, but he also wants him to tone it down. He said Josh likes to talk a lot as it is, but now that he has become something of a “media darling,” he is really jabbering. Holmgren is reigning him in.