The Seahawks begin practicing in about 10 minutes. Coach Mike Holmgren has held off naming starters at quarterback and running back. Earlier in the week, Shaun Alexander appeared closer to rejoining the lineup than Matt Hasselbeck. Holmgren has pointed to today as the key day in determining which players will start. He is not going to make an announcement today, for obvious competitive reasons.
Reporters were given a choice upon arriving at team headquarters today: We can watch practice as long as we do not report specifically how many snaps the quarterbacks and running backs get with the starting units, or practice can be closed (setting a precedent I'd rather avoid). It's not a great choice, but that is the choice we were faced with today.
There is no law saying reporters must be allowed to watch practice. We routinely do not report information regarding trick plays, special formations, new personnel groupings, etc. It's just part of the deal when the team you cover lets you watch practice. In the playoffs last season, we did not report when Seneca Wallace worked at receiver in preparation for the NFC championship game. Wallace caught a 28-yard pass against the Panthers in that game. The Panthers would have been ready for that play had we reported what we saw in practice.
This is an unusual situation today. I'll have a good idea from watching practice exactly who will start, particularly at quarterback. My feeling going into practice is that Wallace will again be the starter. That just makes sense to me. We'll find out for sure Sunday. Even if Hasselbeck is somewhat limited today, if he works extensively Saturday, there's always a chance he'll start.
This is an unusual situation. As always, I'll be honest and up front about how things are being covered.