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Wednesday practice: Marshall still believes

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm with 19 Comments »
November 5, 2008 3:57 pm

It finally felt like football season today. A little chill from the wind. Players wearing long-sleeve shirts under their shoulder pads. And the pristine practice fields at the team’s practice facility are finally starting to get a little soggy.

Perhaps that bodes well for Seattle. It certainly can’t get any worse (did I just say that). At 2-6, they can forget about the first part of the season, turn their attention to the next eight games and see if they can grind out some wins.

As they have said throughout the first half of the season, defensive coordinator John Marshall again echoed the sentiment that the season is not lost.

“The one thing you do is you ball up your fist tighter and you keep punching away,” Marshall said. “If you keep punching away, like when we played San Francisco, boom we catch a ball and we score. You just keep believing in each other and keep punching.

“I know no other way to do it. The other option ain’t gonna work. I mean, you don’t have a shot. So, as I mention all the time, the character of this group of guys is going to sustain them through this tough time. And they’re tough times. Those are the guys that survive these times.”

The mood was upbeat in the locker room after practice, with guys joking around as they got dressed and headed off to meetings. You could see the same thing in practice. Guys are more relaxed and not worrying about what happened earlier in the season, and maybe that will translate into a better performance on Sunday.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck did not practice today. He was in the locker room afterwards talking to some of his teammates.

Wide receiver Koren Robinson also did not practice. He watched from the sidelines.

Both Lofa Tatupu and Leonard Weaver practiced today. Deion Branch and Floyd Womack did not practice.

During the press conference Mike Holmgren responded to a question about the struggling running game, and the split carries between Julius Jones and Mo Morris. Holmgren said Jones got the bulk of the carries earlier in the season because Morris was hurt, but with Morris back he’s rotating them both like he would have to begin the season.

Further, neither one is getting many carries because the team is not sustaining drives and staying on the field, and also Seattle has fell behind early in games, forcing Holmgren to pass more.

Holmgren also said the team is seeing different defenses now with Hasselbeck hurt and teams bent on stopping the run, forcing Seattle to throw.

“I love Julius Jones,” Holmgren said. “And I love Mo Morris. But as far as who gets how many yards and all that kind of stuff, I’ve never thought a lot about that. And I’m not going to do that now.

“We will do what we need to do to put the right combination on the field. I think they have their strengths. Heck, when (T.J.) Duckett got to play, when Mo was hurt, I forgot who we played, Duckett had a nice second half. I forget what game it was. It’s not that complicated. I think it’s fair to play both of them. That’s not the reason for the rushing total drop-down, the fact that we’re substituting there. That’s not the reason.”

Notes from practice
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  1. SharkHawk says:

    If nothing else… John Marshall verified his senility today.

  2. Mr_Fish says:

    So, like a boxer whose eyes are cut and puffy, and who hasn’t been able to fend off any of his opponent’s blows, Marshall doesn’t have any plan except to keep on slugging (or trying to) — until the inevitable happens and he’s lying flat on his back on the canvas.

  3. Both of the above comments are funny/true.

  4. “The one thing you do is you ball up your fist tighter and you keep punching away,” Marshall said. “If you keep punching away, like when we played San Francisco, boom we catch a ball and we score. You just keep believing in each other and keep punching. ”

    The problem with this example is that with Marshall’s play calling, they are literally punching a brick wall. Eventually your hand will break.

  5. pabuwal says:

    I wonder if Marshall even realizes he calls the same full house blitz on every 3rd and long and leaves his useless secondary in zero coverage each time. He’s probably still sitting around trying to figure out why they can’t get off the field.

    The Seahawks generally have good success against the opponents offense in the first quarter and the early part of the second quarter. By that point, the other team figures out exactly how to destroy Marshall’s predictable calls.

    Marshall, I will be the first one to wish you into retirement when the time comes.

  6. cleep03 says:

    I’m sure Marshall still thinks Mccain has a shot too. Only thing better than Brian Russel being off the team next year will be John Marshall not calling the same defensive schemes 4 years in a row.

    Little tip John: Football is all about adjustments and match-ups. If you constantly give the same looks in given situations, teams know what match-ups they will get. The result of this? A defense with 6 pro bowl caliber players performs with the consistency of Rex Grossman.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    “It finally felt like football season today.” THAT is funny. I hope you’re right and that does bode well for the Seahawks.

    SharkHawk, don’t know why that strikes me so funny. Truer words were never spoken.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Was there nothing to report from Holmgren’s presser today?

  9. SharkHawk says:

    Thanks Dukeshire. I’m good for one laugh a year for others, but countless laughs for myself. I really crack me up! :)

  10. BrianBlades says:

    Too bad Holmgren can’t be bothered to remember which running back did what in which game. But show cares, right Holmy?

    What an idiot. Please leave.

  11. iqbal70 says:

    Marshall isn’t the only coach who has failed to adjust his gameplan to fit the circumstances. Holmgren has also been a disaster this year in changing the offense to fit the players he has available. When his west coast offense is fully manned it can work like clockwork (see 2005), but take away a few pieces and the whole thing sputters.

  12. I’d hardly call losing Hutch, Robbie, the blocking of Hannam, WRs like JoeJoe, DJack, a younger Engram, the blocking of Mack, and SA in his prime simply as losing “a few pieces.”

  13. PeterWarrick9 says:

    “Heck, when (T.J.) Duckett got to play, when Mo was hurt, I forgot who we played, Duckett had a nice second half.”

    Really Holmgren? You have two games (that we have won) to narrow it down. Then again, signs of a long season…

  14. In the three games without MoMo (SF, Stl, NYG), Julius has the following stats:
    – 127yds
    – 140yds
    – 61yds
    About 110 yards per game on average and a 1-2 record.

    Now, with MoMo in the mix:
    – 45yds
    – 44yds
    – 42yds
    – 9yds
    – 41yds

    36 yards per game and a 1-4 record.

  15. Marshall is in deep denial his D is the worst D in Seattle since Holmgren arrived; and Holmgren has betrayed that he will run the O ‘his way’ and couldn’t be bothered to pay attention to who is actually getting the job done. The injuries have clearly hurt the O most but we aren’t even challenging opposing defenses (last game 11 consecutive 3 and outs).

    This team is 31st worst in total O and 32nd worst in pass offense. The running O is 12th worse but it is now stymied because opposing team simply stack the box and we can’t pass against single coverage. BTW the team has the worst pass defense in the league 32nd, thanks Jim for nothing this season, and the 21st worst run defense.

    I’d rather not hear anything from Marshall except I’m resigning.

  16. livinglargent says:

    That tired bit of circular logic, “We’re not getting running yards because we can’t sustain drives and get behind and thus have to pass alot” is pretty silly. Holmy, if you keep running the ball instead of abandoning the run early, mix up your play calls, you’ll get a sustained drive and probably some points. You’re pathetic defense won’t be on the field so long and giving up yards and points in bunches. Pick a RB and stick with him, stop the musical chairs to make everyone happy.

  17. chucko24 says:

    this is getting pretty bad. Ive starting betting agains the hawks and i am the biggest HOMER. Its so bad even I know we will probably lose, and lose bad until we get our ish togetehr and Im not sure hasselbeck and branch will make that much of a difference. Its a confidence/concentration thing now.

  18. SharkHawk says:

    Holmgren always talks about “going back to watch the film, but I seriously wonder if he does. I think he probably goes home at 5 PM and doesn’t give a crap. Marshall obviously sleeps through film sessions if they even have them.

    I am starting to wonder if Marshall’s nappy time is from 1-4 on Sundays to tell you the truth.

  19. highwatermark says:

    [quote]Too bad Holmgren can’t be bothered to remember which running back did what in which game. But show cares, right Holmy?

    What an idiot. Please leave. [/quote]

    You need to re-read the article. Holmgren didn’t recall which OPPONENT Duckett did well against.

    I’m not sold on the running back by committee thing, but I do agree with Holmgren that it’s not the reason why the run game is failing. Both backs have decent averages when they share time. The problem is that, like with SA, the run game isn’t consistent enough to rely on. It’s 3 runs with little or no gain, then one for 15. That won’t sustain a drive, because you run on the first 2 downs and you’re suddenly in 3rd and long. Which any Seahawk fan or opposing D-coordinator knows means a draw play next, followed by a punt (unless it’s late in the half, then it might just be followed by a spike to stop the clock…)

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