First, Matt Hasselbeck said he hyperextended his knee but should be fine. He looked to be in a lot of pain to me, limping out of the locker room. I'm sure that thing is going to swell of overnight and get sore. He said he was able to twist with the knee when he got hit, which saved him from being injured more severely. He said he didn't think it was a late hit -- I did -- but that it was just playing football.
Mike Holmgren said Deion Branch was the only serious injury. He did not specify how long he would be out but said it was a heel injury. Now, this is speculation that we will never know, but you do have to wonder if this injury has anything to do with coming back too early. I know it is not the same leg or the same injury, but in the same way that Marcus Tubbs was injured last year, I believe your body compensates in other parts when one part of you is weak. Perhaps this is completely separate and not related, but it does raise the question.
Holmgren did not seem overly angry in his postgame news conference, but I will say he was serious and stern. He essentially said that this team needs to do a very honest evaluation, with no sugarcoating, and fix what is wrong. I asked him for some preliminary thoughts on what the problems were and he said that he needs to look at film and will address it more on Wednesday. Deon Grant seemed to think that players are trying to do too much and are not taking care of their own business. Everybody needs to look in the mirror and make their own corrections before trying to fix somebody else's mistakes.
Holmgren said that if the leadership on the team is lacking from the players in place, then they are going to have a big problem with the Big Show. He said he felt this was not similar to the Buffalo game except in the final score. There, he said, there were some unusual circumstances with the special teams and weather and stuff. Today, he said, was a butt-kicking. Give the Giants credit, he said, but he thinks the Seahawks are not playing up to their potential. And they better fix it. And now.
He was not really willing to answer the question about East Coast travel. He basically said his box is pretty full just digesting the loss and he doesn't have a lot of room to stand on the sideline and consider the other stuff.
Lofa Tatupu once again used the word "embarrassing." The defense, understandably, was not in a very good mood. They did not say they were overmatched, but they did talk about missing a lot of tackles. My argument is that you missed tackles perhaps because you were overmatched, but, hey, that's only one man's opinion.
Hasselbeck said the offense was pathetic on third down conversions (1-11), the reason they struggled so badly. He said one of their goals to run outside on the Giants, but when they fell behind so quickly they went away from that. He said he looked up at the scoreboard at one point, and usually he does the math in his head for what they have to do to make a comeback. But when it was 24-3, "the numbers started getting big," he said.