Mike Holmgren's press conference had a noticeable lack of focus on the upcoming opponent, the San Francisco 49ers. Instead, Holmgren was grilled on the team's lack of a running game, his switch to more of a focus on the passing game, the lack of a red zone offense and his feelings about where the team stands at the midway point of the season. I guess that is what losing three of four games will do.
One of the most interesting things I think he said was in response to a question asking how difficult it was to make a philosophical difference in the middle of the season. Holmgren said he is not really even addressing it with the players. He is telling the media openly, but he said he is going to present the game plan, and then call the plays during the game, and he hopes that it is so subtle that the players don't even notice to the point that they are thrown out of kilter. Whether the players read the papers and the internet or not, I don't know. But I Have to assume that some of them do.
Holmgren said he is disappointed in the first half of the season in the sense that he feels they gave away two games, and he feels they did not take advantage of the opportunity to put some distance between them and other division rivals. To that end, he said he is feeling a sense of urgency to get this thing righted.
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The pass rush is the key to the defense's success. He said he gives John Marshall and the defensive coaches the latitude to do what they think is right, and he doesn't meddle too much on that side of the ball. But the thing that has stood out to him is that when they get to the quarterback, they have success.
We will provide updates from practice and from Mike Nolan's teleconference as the day wears on.