Given the time of year, that the Seahawks already have won their division and that this week’s opponent is less than inspiring, not a great deal of news came out of Mike Holmgren’s news conference. The questions were mostly for feature stories that folks are working on.
Newsside, DJ Hackett and Josh Wilson will not be available for this Sunday’s game. Also, Holmgren said Derek Rackley was one of the snappers who tried out with Jeff Robinson yesterday. Holmgren did not say who the third was. Nick Novak was one of the kickers who worked out. Holmgren said he is a little worried about bringing in a 37-year-old guy who has not snapped in two years, but they did not really have a choice. With his wording, it was clear that Josh Brown and Ryan Plackemeier were uncomfortable with Boone Stutz, whose velocity was great but whose accuracy was not. Holmgren said they wanted Robinson to be very honest with them about if he thought he could do the job or not.
Holmgren on Vinny Testaverde: “I remember trying to sign him when I was in Green Bay. And no offense to him, but he was getting up there then. And he’s still playing.”
Holmgren on Matt Hasselbeck: “The trust factor is real high. I worry about him when he runs. You guys ever see Gooney Birds landing on a lake?”
Holmgren said the St. Louis Rams pass protection fiasco forced the coaching staff to make some changes, simplify things, simplify reads, change the way they pick up blitzes.
Holmgren said he will not have the coaching staff start advance scouting just yet. It’s too early. In the last week or two, when it is clear that there is one or two teams they need to keep an eye on, they will get preliminary stuff out of the way. But he joked that every time they scout two teams based on who they think they will be playing, it always ends up being the other team that they play.
That was about it. There was some discussion about free agency and the approach to that, but nothing newsy. We’ll blog from practice later.