Coach Mike Holmgren has finished his midweek press conference. He notes: RB Shaun Alexander participated in the morning walkthrough and will practice today, as expected; QB Matt Hasselbeck worked with the scout team this morning and will fill a similar role this week in practice unless it's clear he's ready to take over the No. 1 role;
Hasselbeck could serve as the No. 2 QB on Sunday, but Holmgren won't know until Friday, most likely; the 49ers are vastly improved, particularly on defense (this is the area Holmgren has broken down); QB Seneca Wallace did hold the ball too long on that play that led to a Rams touchdown, but they would coach the blocking scheme differently next time (so that Leonard Little isn't left unblocked, naturally); the team has signed a receiver (Sloan Thomas) to the practice squad;
Seattle's defense has been much improved in his view; sometimes defensive players revert to "playground" mode and he thought that happened against Kansas City a few weeks ago; he no longer cares whether X-rays or MRIs show anything wrong with Alexander's foot (at this point he's only paying attention to whether Alexander is available); and Holmgren's wife and daughter are back from Rwanda and this was a much tougher trip than their journey to Congo.