Mike Holmgren was sporting a cold following yesterday’s big day. The question sitting there is that yesterday was so emotional, and there was such a sense of closure, that it seems difficult to come back in today and get ready for the Cardinals.
Holmgren said that there was closure with the home crowd and with Qwest, but he still didn’t have closure with his players. That will come next Monday, after the team comes back from Phoenix, and he said he’s sure it will get very emotional.
The players had today off, will practice on Tuesday (their regular day off) and Wednesday and then have Thursday (Christmas) off.
Holmgren said he went out to dinner last night with his wife and family and they all relived the entire day. He said this week the fact that it is his last week has not really sunk in yet, though he did think about it on the way to work this morning.
Regarding the snowball tossing at yesterday’s game, he deflected it nicely, saying that if his kids — who are good kids — were sitting in the stands and saw a snowball, they would be tempted to throw it. He is just glad nobody got hurt.
He said there is a chance that Leroy Hill, D.D. Lewis and Jordan Babineaux can play this week. He said there is a chance with Hasselbeck, but he did not sound overly optimistic. While he said Seneca deserves the chance to keep starting, he does remain the backup and Matt is the starter and if Matt can go he will go.
He said the offensive line did very well yesterday, and really did well after they made the adjustment to help out Kyle Williams. I think they gave him help with the running backs. He also praised the defensive line for the pressure it got on Favre. He said he did not think Favre was off as much as Seattle’s defense was on and disruptive.
He said he and Jim Mora have not yet spoken about the future. But he said that there will be plenty of time next week for that if Jim wants to have that conversation.
Holmgren said that when he was at dinner last night, he and his family were in a private room. The maitre’d came by and said two families in the next room wanted to donate to the Congo cause that Holmgren’s family raised funds for at yesterday’s game. He said he went over and chatted to them, and by the end of the dinner the maitre’d brought by a rather sizable donation. So the total went beyond the $47,000 that was announced at Qwest.
Regarding players who are playing well now working their way into the starting lineup next year, Holmgren was noncommittal — only partially because he will not be here. He did say that it’s good that somebody like Mansfield Wrotto is getting time that he otherwise would not get, but that does not mean that anybody on the line right now is ready to unseat somebody else who was starting previously.