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Archives: Oct. 2006

Oct.
30th

Alexander out another week

Coach Mike Holmgren said the Seahawks will probably be without RB Shaun Alexander for another week. This comes as a bit of a surprise. They expected Alexander back this week, but his foot isn’t quite healed. As Holmgren noted, Alexander’s return won’t make a difference unless the team improves in other key areas. Listen to the rest of Holmgren’s comments here.

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Oct.
30th

Holmgren evens challenge record

The official NFL gamebook incorrectly attributed the final Seahawks-Chiefs replay challenge to the booth official Sunday. Coach Mike Holmgren made the challenge with 1:58 remaining in the game. He was allowed to do this because the play started with more than two minutes remaining. The reversal gave Seattle possession after WR Deion Branch stole the ball from Chiefs DE Jared Allen. Officials initially ruled that Branch did not have possession before going out of bounds. Referee Peter Morelli reviewed the play and determined that Branch was, in fact, in bounds. The reversal gave Seattle one last chance. Holmgren also improved to 1-1 in replay challenges this season. League-wide chart below.

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Oct.
30th

Players off until Wednesday

Coach Mike Holmgren gave players today off, meaning we won’t have locker-room access until Wednesday. Holmgren’s press conference is scheduled to begin at about 2:15 Pacific time this afternoon. We’ll have the usual report afterward. It’s somewhat surprising players would be off after allowing 499 yards and 30 first downs. Holmgren will presumably provide some sort of explanation. UPDATE: “We have an extra day,” Holmgren explained. “That was the main thing. I really try not to be punitive with the players just because I was in a bad mood after the game. I make those decisions before the game, really.

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Oct.
29th

Breaking down the breakdowns

The Seahawks’ third-down defense has been in the spotlight recently for obvious reasons. That wasn’t specifically a problem Sunday against the Chiefs; Seattle’s defensive problems ran across all downs. We have three charts below. The first one breaks down the third-down defense this season. The second and third charts list all plays against Seattle longer than 19 yards.

First, the third-down chart (note that opponents have converted 7-10 times on third-and-7; that includes 2-2 by the Chiefs, for passes of 16 and 19 yards):

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Oct.
29th

Audio: A few postgame thoughts

Just finished my stories for the paper. That gave me a few minutes to record some postgame thoughts. Those are here. Note: It’s about 10:15 p.m. here in Kansas City. The airport shuttle comes by at 4:40 a.m. You’ll hear from me Monday once I arrive at Seahawks headquarters sometime around noon Pacific time.

Oct.
29th

Defense bleeding hard

Only a couple of Damon Huard kneel-downs could prevent the Chiefs from topping 500 yards of total offense today. Something is wacky with Seattle’s defense, or else it just isn’t very good and the talent is overrated. The errors we are seeing seem to relate to blown assignments and missed tackles. Those are two pretty important areas. The Chiefs also just lined up and mashed away for long stretches. They used a lot of three-TE and two-TE packages, and Seattle had no answer. Give Seneca Wallace and the offense some credit for playing reasonably well under the circumstances. That is

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