Going back to the quarterback situation for a second, Holmgren said that he hopes that Seneca Wallace can get healthy enough to play against Tampa Bay. He said he needs to see him practice a few days this week to make that determination. If Seneca cannot go, Charlie Frye gets the call again.
Holmgren said he hopes to get Deion Branch back this week. Deon Grant did suffer a ligament strain in his knee but will play against Tampa Bay. Will Heller has a knee injury and is out for a while. Patrick Kerney is going to be OK.
After reviewing the film, Holmgren said he thought several players played well against Green Bay: Rocky Bernard, Kerney, Lofa Tatupu, the safeties, John Carlson, Mike Wahle and Koren Robinson.
The players were not available to speak to the media because they had a power outage at the VMAC and I guess everybody bailed after they watched film.
Holmgren said he did not think Wahle’s holding penalty was a good call and that they will send the tape to the league.
With the trade deadline coming up tomorrow, I asked Holmgren if they have had any discussions about quick fixes. He said they have been working on that very hard for two or three weeks, and have called most teams with receivers that they think might be available. He said there are one of two things going on: Either the receiver you heard might be available is not available, or opposing teams are trying to rape and pillage in terms of what they want in return.
Dave Boling asked Holmgren if he will pound the players this week. Holmgren said he basically did that last week. He said you can’t do that every week. And he also said you can’t really change a lot of things or the players will sense that you are panicking. So the M.O. right now is to get back to work and correct what is ailing the team in all different aspects. Holmgren said it is a very bizarre atmosphere around the organization because it has been a long time since they have faced this kind of situation. People don’t know how to act, how to feel, what to say. And so Holmgren is trying to make sure everybody stays positive and moving forward rather than sulking.
Holmgren was asked what makes him think the season is still salvageable. He said because they still have not gotten everybody back, and once they get everybody back and playing together, then they can play their best football. At the same time, the players know what they are facing, given their deficit in the division.
Holmgren said there could be a few more personnel changes this week, though he was not specific.