Mike Holmgren said he expects everybody who has not been practicing in recent weeks to practice today, including Mo Morris. However, he still was wary about saying Morris will play against the Giants.
As for the receivers, he said he will have to wait to see how they practice this week to determine what exactly is going to happen there, including any roster moves. He can't answer how he will use guys until he sees how much they have improved from their respective injuries. Keep in mind that Michael Bumpus is the punt returner, so that factors into the roster decision.
Holmgren was very funny and pointed about the whole East Coast thing. He said he does not want to hear about biorhythms or sleep deprivation or anything else that somebody might come up with for reasons they lose on that side of the country. The bottom line is they lose because they play poorly and get beat. He will not even listen to any excuses, and he won't listen to his players on the topic. It is not up for discussion. Play when the schedule says play and perform well. That is it.
Holmgren, by the way, was wearing a breast cancer pin. We'll have to see if that was for the cameras or if he is still wearing it out at practice.
Holmgren said that he is not really making any concessions to the schedule, since they now have 13 straight weeks of playing. He said he usually tapers at the end of the season, shortening practices and going in shells more often so the players don't wear down. He will continue to do that, but not specifically because the bye week was so early.
Holmgren said he likes the way the running game is operating, but he also knows that with the passing game coming back, there will be the temptation for him to throw more. Look for a more balanced attack, certainly than the 46-20 run-to-pass ratio that was seen in the last game.
Holmgren said he has learned a lot about Julius Jones in recent weeks. He learned he can move the pile. That he gets yard after the initial hit. He has good vision. And he likes the way he pass protects. He said he has seen all that in the past from him, but this was the first time he did all that for him.
Holmgren told a funny story about playing in Giants Stadium in 1987, during the strike season. He said that place is usually boisterous, but at this time there were about 20 people in there. He said you could hear every comment made, and when the Niners walked into the stadium, some guy from the upper deck yells, "Holmgren, you *YHPUY(HOI()U)U." He said they ran the wishbone offense and Bill Parcells was looking across the field going, "What the hell?"