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Category: Mike Holmgren press conferences

Dec.
1st

Chris Spencer’s season likely over

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said in his Monday news conference that center Chris Spencer very well could be placed on injured reserve. Holmgren said they were going to wait a few days to make sure, but he certainly sounded as if they knew what was wrong with his back — disc problem — and that he likely is not going to be able to come back.

Same could be true for Mike Wahle. Holmgren said last week that Wahle should be able to play against the Patriots. But today he said that his shoulder is not responding the way they think it should, and if that too is going to be a long-term thing they are likely to place him on IR as well. It sounds like the Spencer decision is more immediate though since they don’t have anyone besides Manny Wrotto to back him up.

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Dec.
1st

Today’s schedule and a question to chew on

Mike Holmgren is having his regular Monday press conference at 2:15.


Here is a link to a piece I wrote today, in which I basically said it might be a good idea to set aside fair or unfair and start playing the younger players so that Tim Ruskell could get a better evaluation of what he has before he heads into the draft and free agency.


And with the New England Patriots coming to town, I’ll pose a question that can carry us until Holmgren meets with the media: It is becoming increasingly clear that the

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Nov.
25th

Mike Holmgren’s Wednesday (Tuesday) press conference

A number of issues were covered in Mike Holmgren’s press conference, which was pushed ahead to Tuesday because of the Thursday game.

First, Chris Spencer is missing practice today because of his sore back. Steve Vallos is standing in for Spencer, who is questionable for the Thanksgiving Day game.

Also, Holmgren said he does not expect Mike Wahle back until the New England game. That was pretty much it on the injury front.

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Nov.
19th

Holmgren’s quotes on the defense

Your secondary was probably the biggest improvement last year. What has happened where they have given up the big plays?


“I think we have given up some because of size problems. We have a couple guys in the secondary who are try-hard guys and they are talented, but we have been victimized by that a little bit. Our pass rush hasn’t been what it has been in the past, so in an effort to get to the quarterback we have gambled more than we have in the past. The irony of that is that we sometimes have been

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Nov.
19th

Matt Hasselbeck to miss practice today

In his weekly press conference, Mike Holmgren said QB Matt Hasselbeck will miss practice today because he is beat up and sore from Sunday’s game. He is expected to practice tomorrow, though, and will play on Sunday.

The 34-minute proceedings were dominated mostly by discussions regarding Washington coach Jim Zorn, for obvious reasons. One of the more humorous items was Holmgren discussing some of Zorn’s unorthodox techniques, including having Matt work on the slip-and-slide. “Basically, when he tried to slide, Matt was a train wreck,” Holmgren said.

One of the most interesting items though came about with Holmgren discussing the defense (the exact quotes of which I will have later). He said the secondary has been victimized by a lack of size. He called some of the players talented, try-hard guys, but said they are just too small in some instances. He also said the pass rush has not been very good, or not near what it was last year. When I brought up the point that some players have pointed out that they are still top 10 in sacks, Holmgren said that is why he doesn’t follow the stats; you can get them to say whatever you want. He said if they are top 10 in sacks, then the 12 they should have had would put them first in the league. He cited specifically Baraka Atkins last week, jumping and missing Kurt Warner, and Deon Grant the week before jumping and missing Chad Pennington. That does not even take into account the three additional they should have had against J.T. O’Sullivan, as well as the all-out blitzes that were picked up, including against Tampa Bay and Green Bay that resulted in touchdowns. I’ll post the quotes later, as I said, but they are pretty interesting comments.

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Nov.
17th

Holmgren quotes on the future of the roster

Here are the quotes from Mike Holmgren to which I was referring earlier:


(On whether there are general fundamental changes that need to be made next year, or if the problems on the team can be chalked up to injuries…) "Well, I think for me to comment on that is probably not the right thing to do, to be honest. If I was coming back next year, it would be absolutely the right thing to do. But those decisions are no longer going to be my decisions to make, or even be involved in those decisions, really. So, my

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Nov.
17th

Hasselbeck apologizes to Cardinals; Holmgren speaks about future

Matt Hasselbeck just met with the media, and was far more lucid today than he was last night. He even joked about how out of it he was, saying they probably should not have allowed him to speak to the media while he was in such a goofy state.

The one thing he did do was apologize to the Cardinals for his comment about expecting fines to come down. He said they played hard, they played within the rules and, though there were some hard hits, he did not hope that anybody gets fined. Mike Holmgren said he thought Adrian Wilson’s hit was borderline, but the rule dictates that the QB is not be hit in the helmet.

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Nov.
12th

Is Matt Hasselbeck breathing?

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was asked today what he needed to see out of Matt Hasselbeck in order for Hasselbeck to start. His answer: “Breathing. That’s all I need to see.” Sounds like my love life in college. In any case, Holmgren said he fully expects #8 to be out on the field and taking the full complement of reps in preparation for the Cardinals game. Charlie Frye is likely to be his backup because Seneca still is smarting from his groin injury.

A reader emailed yestrday predicting that the Seahawks still are going to win the division at 8-8. I won’t name names for protection purposes. Even Holmgren sounded skeptical about that possibility. He said that he talked to the team this morning about their goals — and the conversation apparently did not include winning the division, given they are four games back with seven left to play. He said the goal is to win Sunday, and it is too soon to be throwing the youngsters out there for experience, but they are not too far removed from that state.

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