Obviously, there was a much better feeling in the locker room this week than there has been the past two weeks. Coach Mike Holmgren said he has not entirely decided how to handle the bye week. He is going to meet with the players on Monday and then probably do a combination of what he has done in the past, neither giving them the entire week off nor having them practice hard the entire week. My guess is he gives them Tuesday-Thursday off, then brings them back over the weekend to start getting ready for New York.
Pork Chop was the only injury, but Holmgren did not make it seem that serious. He was joking that he saw Pork Chop laying there and kicked him and told him to get up.
Julian Peterson called his fine for unsportsmanlike conduct "outrageous." He reminded me of the lawyer from Seinfeld. He said he didn't know why he was fined, but I didn't get the impression that it was for pointing at his own jersey. He said he is appealing the fine. He went on to say that if the NFL does not review the film of this game and fine Richie Incognito for unsportsmanlike conduct, than it is a sham. He said Incognito, who the Seahawks complained about last year, was trying to twist people's ankles in the pile and hurt their legs.
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I was not at the Scott Linehan press conference, but apparently the Rams PR guy cut off the questioning after 2 1/2 minutes because the questions started veering toward job security.
Holmgren was very complimentary of Billy McMullen and Keary Colbert, saying those guysare giving it their all even though they have no idea what their status will be once Engram and Branch get healthy. He said it makes a coach's heart feel good.
Lofa Tatupu was complimentary of Leroy Hill, who had a great game and made some nice plays. He said he keeps telling people that Leroy is talented, but nobody wants to listen.
Marcus Trufant said he probably deserved the late hit penalty that he got. He said he didn't know the guy was out of bounds and he was just trying to be aggressive, but he should have held up before hitting the guy.
Everybody was very funny about Matt Hasselbeck's block. Charlie Frye said Hass got "street cred" for the hit. Holmgren again goofed on Hasselbeck's lack of grace, and said the play fires everybody up but he would rather him not to do. "We can't win the battle and lose the war," Holmgren said, "and that is the one guy we have to have throughout." Mike Wahle said you can't even believe how much that fires up teammates to see their QB lay out two guys like that. I was not there for Matt's press conference but I'll post the quotes when they come in.