Matt Hasselbeck just met with the media, and was far more lucid today than he was last night. He even joked about how out of it he was, saying they probably should not have allowed him to speak to the media while he was in such a goofy state.
The one thing he did do was apologize to the Cardinals for his comment about expecting fines to come down. He said they played hard, they played within the rules and, though there were some hard hits, he did not hope that anybody gets fined. Mike Holmgren said he thought Adrian Wilson’s hit was borderline, but the rule dictates that the QB is not be hit in the helmet.
Hasselbeck never really answered why he was so out of it last night. He said he has been asked that several times already, and he doesn’t have an answer. When he was asked if it had anything to do with some of the hits he took, he said he didn’t know. Holmgren said Hasselbeck did not have a concussion and that during the game, when he was speaking with him, he seemed lucid.
Of the goals changing, Holmgren did not reveal anything tangible, though he did bring up a fair point about personnel changes; they have so many injuries and their roster is so depleted that they don’t have a ton of options regarding going young. What will they do, play Justin Forsett instead of Julius Jones? The one name I brought up was Brandon Coutu, and he said he had not even thought about that. He didn’t dismiss it outright, but that was not at the forefront of his mind.
One other thing that I thought about: If you start playing young guys, it could severely anger veterans who may have performance-based incentive clauses in their contracts.
Mike Wahle could be on the shelf for a while, but they don’t have a clear diagnosis on him yet. The one thing they know is he did not tear his labrum. But he will not practice this week. Marcus Trufant is OK after his concussion. Leonard Weaver will play this week, Patrick Kerney probably not.
I asked Holmgren about the fundamental stability of this team; essentially, does it have what it needs in place to be successful in the future, or do they need to make wholesale changes at spots similar to what they did with the running game last year. He said A) he is not the person to answer that question since he won’t be here next year, and B) now is not the time to answer that. But the people making those decisions have to look very hard at that very question, and be honest with themselves about the answer. Because injuries can’t explain everything, like the secondary’s lapses this year.