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Category: Mike Holmgren press conferences

Dec.
30th

One final goodbye for Holmgren

Mike Holmgren talked for almost an hour in his final press conference as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

He still has the urge to work in the NFL again, and said he would be surprised if he did not return to the league in some capacity, either as a general manager or head coach, or both.

Among the highlights during his 10-year tenure in Seattle, he says the Carolina game where Seattle won the NFC Championship and advanced to the Super Bowl was one of his most memorable moments.

“Had we won the Super Bowl, that would have been the highlight,” Holmgren said. “But the experience of getting there and all of the hard work it took. I had the same feeling at that time as I had in my earlier Super Bowl experiences.”

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Dec.
24th

Mike Holmgren press conference

In his last mid-week press conference as Seattle’s coach, Mike Holmgren was given the Horrigan Award, which he won last year from the Pro Football Writers Association for his contributions to the media. In short, the guy has been great to work with from a media perspective, and he was recognized as such last year — something that he always joked was long overdue.

A great deal of the news conference was in reference to what he will miss, what he won’t miss and his future. Most of the stuff was predictable in terms of being in the locker room and his relationships with players and coaches. He said he would spend about 10 days to a week in Seattle closing down his affairs here, and then will head to Phoenix for a good long time. He is going to spend the summer at their “little cabin” in California. He has not finalized travel plans but he and Kathy plan on doing some traveling.

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Dec.
22nd

Mike Holmgren’s Monday press conference

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.

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Dec.
15th

Holmgren’s swan song at Qwest Field

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.

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Dec.
10th

Mike Holmgren Wednesday press conference

First, the newsy injury stuff:

Leroy Hill seems to be getter better faster than anybody and there is a chance he could play against the Rams.

Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones are the same, neither will practice today, and both are listed as questionable. It sure didn’t sound to me like they were going to play, but very little about the injury stuff this year has been exact.

Josh Wilson, who had a concussion in Sunday’s game, will not practice today but will be ready to play against the Rams.

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Dec.
8th

Mike Holmgren and Monday’s locker room

We hit the superfecta on Monday, meeting with Mike Holmgren for his weekly postgame press conference, then hooking up with Walter Jones, Lofa Tatupu and Matt Hasselbeck in the locker room after. Holmgren was the least interesting so I will save him for last.

Hasselbeck said he is hoping to play again. He said he was more hopeful than realistic that he could play last week, but the team’s medical staff told him that Wednesday he was probably not healthy enough to play. He said he did not know specifics of what is going on, but they basically said that a disc takes longer to heal and this one does not have the time to heal during a football season — particularly with the types of hits he took in the Dallas game.

This was interesting: Matt said there has been a discussion of him shutting it down for the rest of the year, and if he did that he would be fully healthy by Valentines Day. So I asked him if he plays again, does that mean he will be healthy by the Ides of March. He said it was too difficult to predict, particularly since he does not know what kind of hits he will take between now and then. But he has ruled out surgery.

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Dec.
3rd

Mike Holmgren press conference

With the team signing Na’Shan Goddard, it did not address the team’s backup center need. Mike Holmgren said during his press conference that Manny Wrotto is the backup center for now. A follow-up question was not asked about whether Wrotto snapping to Hasselbeck was a concern.

Holmgren said the Plaxico Burress situation offers him the chance to address his players — again — about doing the right thing. One thing he said that is pretty sobering is that he said a few years ago the coaches had to start collecting guns from players during training camp. He said that even though athletes might be targets, they should have the sense to not put themselves in the situation where they might have to defend themselves.

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Dec.
1st

Mike Holmgren on player criticisms

Here was Holmgren’s response to some of the defensive players criticizing the schemes in the loss to Dallas:


"I did not address it with the players because I didn’t know,” Holmgren said. “I didn’t know about it. A couple things happened: after you lose a game—an emotional game, and you guys know this—sometimes players say things that they believe, but it’s not necessarily true all the time. In their frame of reference, they think it’s going to work that way, but it doesn’t. The simple fact of the matter is, this season, we have not taken the ball away

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