Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was in a, how shall I say, feisty mood at Thursday's practice, upset at the offense for not being precise in its practice habits. He jumped on them several times, an intensity that I have not seen for a while now. I have to think it's because, as he said in Wednesday's press conference, that he has asked the players to ratchet it up a notch in the last quarter of the season.
Chris Spencer, Rocky Bernard, Josh Wilson, DJ Hackett and Mike Green did not practice. Chris Gray was back at center. Pork Chop was back sharing duties with Rob Sims at left guard. Josh Brown also was back after missing yesterday's practice with an excused absence.
Jordan Kent made an acrobatic catch that drew oohs and ahhs from teammates it was so impressive. He had dropped a few earlier, so it made up for those.
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Josh Brown said after practice that his recent struggles have to do with the timing. He wasn't specific, but gave an answer that basically said, This is not one person. We are a team. Everybody has to do the same thing on a consistent basis. And we have not been consistent.
I asked to speak to Jim Mora after practice to ask him about the UCLA rumors but the Seahawks chose to not make him available to speak with the media.
Defensive coordinator John Marshall said that Kevin Hobbs is his dime back, and that he is comfortable with it because Hobbs has previous experience there. I also asked him what adjustments he made in Philly after Josh Wilson went down and he said he plugged Mike Green in back there when they needed a dime back.
After practice, Steve Vallos got a big here when Holmgren brought him before the team, I think because he ate five tacos in three minutes. Vallos looked sheepish.