Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren just finished up his Monday afternoon press conference. During a bulk of the time he talked about coaching his last game at Qwest Field, a place he helped get done as part of the rebuilding process when he took the Seattle job.
I’ll get to that in a minute, but I want to update you on the news first.
The Seahawks signed a quarterback, Jeff Rowe, out of Nevada Reno, off of Cincinnati’s practice squad to the active roster. Rowe fills the spot vacated when the team put Walter Jones off IR.
– Offensive tackle Sean Locklear had X-rays and an MRI performed that confirmed he dislocated his toe. Holmgren said trainers were able to get it back into place on the field.
"While it’s a very painful injury there didn’t seem to be a lot of extra damage,” Holmgren said. “It will be a challenge for him to get ready to play, though."
Holmgren said Locklear’s toe is very swollen and he’s had some bleeding. Locklear will not practice all week and he will be treated until Saturday and at that time make a decision if he can play against the Jets, Holmgren said.
With Locklear out, Holmgren said the easiest way to fill in is to put Kyle Williams at left tackle so the Seahawks maintain continuity at the other positions. However, don’t be surprised to see Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack move to left tackle, Steve Vallos move to left guard and recently signed center Steve McKinney could get his first significant time.
Holmgren said we’ll know the starting five up front when we see them practice on Wednesday.
On the team’s future at left tackle, Holmgren reiterated that the job remains Walter Jones once he returns from microfracture knee surgery next season. Although Holmgren joked that he was answering questions about situations he would not be around to deal with next season because he’s going to be "On a beach somewhere."
"No one is going to play left tackle until Walter Jones decides he doesn’t want to play anymore," Holmgren said. "That’s the bottom line on that deal."
– Holmgren said Matt Hasselbeck feels better, but he will probably remain the team’s third quarterback, and is unlikely to play this week. Holmgren said Hasselbeck is not being held out because of the makeshift line on offense, and if he was healthy he would play.
– Leroy Hill (neck) strength is getting better but also is doubtful for this week.
Holmgren also addressed playing his final game in Qwest Field, against the quarterback he helped groom into one of the best in the game at Green Bay in Brett Favre.
"That’s been brought up and I’ve thought about it and here we go again," Holmgren said about playing against Favre in his last game at Qwest Field. "It’s always good to see him again. He’s playing very well. There team is doing very well. And they’re right in it."
Holmgren said at the end of the game he’ll go once around Qwest Field for fans who want to hang around to thank the people
"It doesn’t sound very exotic, but that’s what I’d like to do," he said.
He’s also appreciative of having been a part of building Seattle into a playoff-caliber team since coming to the franchise a decade ago.
"That’s one of the things I feel best about," Holmgren said. "Even in this season that’s been crummy, our record, the fans have been awesome. They packed the stadium. They’re vocal. They have a feeling of contributing, which they do. They’re very much a part of this organization’s success. And I feel good about that."
Holmgren said he believes the team’s dismal season is the exception, and the Seahawks will rebound next season.
"This year won’t happen again,” he siad. “It shouldn’t happen again. The organization is solid. The injury situation that plagued this team will not happen again. It hadn’t happened in 25 years to me in coaching. And it’s not going to happen again – not like this."
Holmgren said Seneca Wallace’s outburst was surprising because of his quiet nature. But the team also took his words to heart because Wallace is not a rah-rah guy who makes a lot of noise to try and get guys motivated. Holmgren said during his halftime speech when he lambasted the players that the toughest guy in the room was Wallace because he was getting the heck beat out of him and it seemed as if no one cared.
"When a ‘quiet’ guy is emotional and says what he says, people have a tendency to listen," Holmgren said. "Not only hear, but listen."