Just running through the blog comments here and I noticed a few questions posed by y'all – and even some not answered by other posters... Here ya go, and if you have others, put them up there and I'll do my best to answer them...
Any timetable on Shaun's bothersome cast? Is it a permanent fixture for the season or is there a time in which it is expected to come off?
Answer: The cast is not permanent. No clear timetable was given when the Seahawks said on Sept. 24 that Shaun was going to wear a cast on his wrist because of a small crack. At that time, Holmgren said Shaun would wear the cast "a couple of weeks" and that was over four weeks ago.
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This tells us a few things, some of which we already knew. 1, Holmgren is notoriously bad about the extent of injuries. He's a football coach, not a doctor, afterall. And 2, "small" cracks have a way of being something different. Remember the small crack in Shaun's foot last year?
That said, I would expect Shaun to be sporting a non-casted wrist soon unless the injury has not healed because it keeps getting re-injured. Holmgren did not have an injury report for reporters on Monday and since the Seahawks do not have a game this week, I don't expect they'll be releasing one until next week.
i just don't completely understand coach giving the team the entire week off. If we're having such a disjointed effort trying to block, and he say's it's technique and placement and things like that, would'nt it behoove us to get the line coach, and the problem players together, and spend a little time "after school" trying to improve?
Answer: Some on the blog have already answered this but I figure I would add to it a little bit, since I was there Monday when Holmgren basically addressed this issue.
Logically, more work on a problems sounds like the way to go. But in this case, this issue is being looked at to death. The Hawks have struggled with this for weeks now, and Holmgren intimated that sometimes it's best just to take a step back. It will be the focus as soon as everyone returns, and I'm sure people are thinking about fixes/changes/etc. right now anyway.
(Holmgren) said the blocking must improve and hinted that he might have to become more involved in finding the solution if progress is not made ASAP. Huh? So Holmgren has not been very involved in fixing our OL woes?? I find that pretty incredible since the OL seems to be at the root of a lot of our offensive problems.
Answer: Head coach in the NFL – or college for that matter – is like being CEO of a company. He may sit in on a few meetings, but he's not licking envelopes in the mail room. Holmgren has to oversee the entire operation and then deal with the media, which is no small job considering the obligations he has to home and visiting reporters, plus TV. And Holmgren's baby is offense, specifically play-calling and game-planning so it's not that surprising that he's not giving blocking advice to the line coach or players. Besides, Holmgren's a former QB, not a lineman despite his ... um girth.
Pilot also asks...
Is anyone still around to provide a complete list of Seahawk injuries and status of each? I can't keep track of them anymore. Thanks.
Answer: We'll give it shot. Let us know if we miss somebody:
QB Matt Hasselbeck... oblique ... Rest and ice is prescribed to heal this minor injury. Should be fine.
WR D.J. Hackett.... sprained ankle... Supposed to be back for Cleveland game. Returned to light practice last week.
CB Josh Wilson... sprained ankle... He's played, sparingly, the last two weeks..
RB Shaun Alexander ... wrist fracture... He's playing with a cast, that probably will come off soon.
DT Darryl Tapp... broken bone in hand... Facing surgery to have it fixed, will play with cast of some sort.
OL Ray Willis ... sprained knee... Injured Sept. 30 and was expected to be out six weeks. That puts him back sometime in Nov. so there's a chance he could be ready to go vs. Cleveland. Wouldn't count on it though.
WR Deion Branch.... foot sprain... Supposed to return to action vs. Cleveland. FYI: He was wearing a protective boot in the locker room on Sunday, for what that's worth.
TE Marcus Pollard... knee... Having surgery this week, just a scope. Holmgren hopes he'll be ready to go in two weeks.
DT Rocky Bernard... groin... Injury hasn't kept him from playing but has cost him practice time. He'll benefit from a week off.
So if Pollard is sidelined longer than expected, can we expect Newton? Or a waiver-wire guy? Or just sticking with Heller?
Answer: Unknown right now. It all depends on how bad Pollard's knee is, but it makes sense to bring someone else in if he's not going to be able to play. Before that happens, the Seahawks would have to be sure that Pollard's done for a long time – maybe even the year. They could drop someone like CB Kevin Hobbs to get another TE on the roster, and Joe Newton is a logical choice since he's on the practice squad.