Seahawks Insider

Archives: Nov. 2008

Nov.
28th

No press conference today

The Seattle Seahawks will have no media availability today, and head coach Mike Holmgren will have his regular press conference on Monday.


The players have the weekend off, so there probably will be no updates over the weekend unless there’s some breaking news, then of course we’ll update the blog.


If you have any pressing questions concerning the state of the team or moves that will be made in the future, either concerning the draft or free agency, post them in the comments section below and we’ll answer some questions over the next couple days. Enjoy the Thanksgiving

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Nov.
27th

Funny quote of the day

Julian Peterson was asked about Tony Romo’s supposedly injured pinkie finger, to which he responded:


“All he had was a pinkie. It wasn’t like his leg was messed up. He could still run around. All he had was a little pinkie. Look at my pinkie. If you can’t play off a damn one pinkie then something is wrong. Other than that he is pretty healthy, if all he has is a pinkie. I mean, I know he plays quarterback, but c’mon, damn.”


Nov.
27th

Deon Grant quotes

"That’s a good team, give those boys all the credit. We got behind. The defense isn’t stopping them when we need to. The offense gets the ball and isn’t scoring. Special teams can’t score. It makes for a long day. That’s what it was, a long day."

On the season: "The defense knew what we had coming back, but we didn’t know how to play to our strengths. We’re still figuring that out: what’s our strength? Some of the players know what the strength is. Some of the coaches know what the strength is. But we just haven’t put it together. I hate losing. I hate not being in the top 10, top 5."

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Nov.
27th

Walter Jones quotes

On Julius Jones: "Well I think he was ready to play. I think everybody came here ready to play. But that’s a great team. You know what I’m saying? And its going to be tough like that throughout. You know everybody we play is jockeying for position in the playoffs, so its not going to get any easier to the end."

On the effectiveness of the Dallas pass rush: "I don’t think it was anything about their alignment. You know he [Romo] makes good plays. Their offense jumped on us so fast. Anytime a team gets you in a situation when they know you have to drop back and throw the ball, it puts them at an advantage."

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Nov.
27th

Mike Holmgren quotes

On The Loss
I think Dallas really is a good football team. They are tough to play against, very explosive offensively. I don’t think the short week and the travel were to fault, they are good and I will give them that. It’s a tough year for us but we are going to keep it going.

Normally speaking I think we would have pass contested a little bit better than what we did today. At one point I did think our pressure on Romo helped slow him down. Yes, I think it could have helped to start the game but who’s to say that wouldn’t have worked. Dallas has a charismatic QB that they believe in and explosive team. They have a good group over there.

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Nov.
27th

Game story

This is the unedited version of my game story that will appear in tomorrow’s News Tribune:

By Frank Hughes
Frank.hughes@thenewstribune.com

IRVING, Texas – Basement, meet the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks, meet the basement.
It certainly felt like the woebegone Seahawks bottomed out on Thursday afternoon, dropping a nationally televised 34-9 decision to the Dallas Cowboys in the last Thanksgiving Day game played at Texas Stadium.
Though Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren insisted his players had been performing better in the past few weeks, he certainly could not make that claim about what became Seattle’s fifth consecutive loss, dropping its record to 2-10.
Whether it was because the Seahawks have nothing left to play for or because their talent level is far inferior to Dallas’, they were thoroughly dominated in every aspect of the game, leaving very little about which they can actually feel good as they head into the final quarter of what has become an acutely long season.
"It’s going to be tough like that throughout," said offensive tackle Walter Jones, who was uncharacteristically beat for two sacks by DeMarcus Ware. "Everybody we play is jockeying for position in the playoffs, so it’s not going to get any easier to the end."

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Nov.
27th

Postgame locker room

Well, things are starting to get a little testy there in the 2-10 locker room. The most obvious question of the game was since the defense had so much success when it pressured Tony Romo, why did it wait until the middle to end of the second quarter to start blitzing him.

The answer: John Marshall is not utilizing his players correctly. Julian Peterson said this is a team that is built to pressure. Deon Grant was more pointed, saying that they would have met the expectations of 11 returning starters if they had been playing to their strengths. When asked what their strengths were, he said he didn’t want to say. “But you all know what time it is,” he said.

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