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Morning links: Last meeting for Holmgren, Favre?

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 16, 2008 at 10:28 am with No Comments »
December 16, 2008 10:28 am

Two football icons meet again for perhaps the last time on football field on Sunday, with the New York Jets traveling to Seattle to face Mike Holmgren’s Seahawks. The reunion adds to what certainly will be an emotional day for Holmgren, his final time as the head coach of Seattle coaching at Qwest Field.

For Favre, we thought last year’s Giants game at Green Bay would be his last, but as it turned out we were wrong. Favre has had a good season in New York, but it hasn’t been all roses, as William Rhoden of the New York Times writes about here.

Holmgren, it appears, was faced with a similar situation Favre dealt with in Green Bay during the offseason. According to an interview with KJR’s Mitch Levy last week, Holgren had second thoughts about coming back and coaching after he told Seahawks management that this would be his final year, particularly with the way things are coming to the close, with Seattle at 3-11.

"like a friend of mine, Brett Favre, people change their mind on occasion," Holmgren told Levy. "But while this is going on, organizations have to make decisions. Jim (Mora) was here, he was in place, I had communicated honestly what my future I thought was going to be, and then everyone did what they had to do."

The rumors have been flowing on where Holmgren winds up after he takes his year sabbatical. The most likely scenario seems to be San Francisco, his hometown. But the latest have him headed to Dallas, with a relationship already established with Jerry Jones.

For his part, Holmgren said he’s looking forward to his final game in Qwest Field, along with facing off against Favre for perhaps the last time.

"I know, that’s been brought up and I’ve thought about it, and here we go again," Holmgren said. "It’s always good to see him though. He’s playing very well. Their team is doing well. They’re right in it. It’s going to be a very, very important game for them and it’ll be a fun game for me."

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks offensive line gets even thinner with Sean Locklear likely out for this week against the Jets. Locklear suffered a dislocated left big toe on the team’s final play against St. Louis.

With snow expected for Sunday, Favre’s final meeting against a Holmgren-coached team could have similar weather to last year’s game at Green Bay, reports Gregg Bell of the Associated Press.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says a rare "Victory Monday" energizes Holmgren for the final push of the season.

Mike Sando at ask what Seattle players are deserving of Pro Bowl consideration. The NFL will announce the selections this afternoon.

Ex-Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck talks with KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen about last Sunday’s game in this audio link.

And Millen breaks down the game with KJR’s Ian Furness in this audio link.

San Francisco 49ers

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle asks if Sunday’s loss against Miami hurt Mike Singletary’s chances of returning as head coach.

Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider believes Singletary has earned the job.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the York family, owners of the 49ers, have more to prove than Singletary.

More Fitzgerald: News and notes from Monday’s presser. Frank Gore is running better but still questionable to play this week.

Arizona Cardinals

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic said Sunday’s embarrassing loss to Minnesota served as a wake-up call for the Cardinals.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports outside linebacker Clark Haggans suffered a LisFranc sprain of the left foot and could be out for the remainder of the season.

After a stunning loss to Minnesota Dan Urban of says Arizona needs its leaders to step up during this final stretch of the season.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune compares the Cardinals to Lewis and Clark, exploring uncharted territory in their quest to compete in the postseason.

St. Louis Rams

Head coach Jim Haslett says he’s no longer talking about the long-term prospects of him keeping the job into next season, instead choosing to focus on the last two games of the year, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch warns against trying to dictate draft position.

Wide receiver Derek Stanley suffered a torn ACL to his left knee and is done for the season, Bill Coats reports.

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