Josh Wilson and DJ Hackett are making progress but it didn't sound like they are ready to be back this week. Otherwise, they are looking pretty healthy, something that Holmgren is obviously very happy about.
Regarding Mo Morris and Shaun Alexander, Holmgren said they decided that each back was going to get a series rather than shuttling them in and out on different plays. It just so happened that Mo ran the ball more because the game dictated that Holmgren call more running plays when Morris was in the game. I asked Mike if his play-calling is affected by which back is in the game, and he essentially said that he is going to call plays in a normal fashion and it is up to the back to execute what is called, regardless of that back's individual strengths.
Holmgren said it is too early to start thinking about keeping guys healthy. They won't think about that until it is official that they are not going to get the second seed. Otherwise, they are going to keep pushing as they have been pushing all season.
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Holmgren was loath to compare this team to the 2005 team. Dangerous thing to do, he said. If you were forced to compare, things came to that team so easily that this version seems tougher, more resilient. But he didn't really want to go into too much depth about comparisons.
The things that he said he would like to see improved over these last 3 games: Red zone productivity; third-and-short situations; not giving up the big play; tackling better; making field goals; start to run the ball more effectively.