A subdued Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren talked for about 30 minutes his press conference this afternoon.
After watching the film Holmgren again restated what we already know -- the Seahawks didn't play very well. Missed tackles and big plays defensively hurt Seattle, Holmgren said.
Also, Holmgren said the defense needs to get a better pass rush. Particularly guys in one-on-one situations need to get to the quarterback, he said. Holmgren also said Seattle needs to execute its blitz packages more effectively, with guys not running into each other or running through the same gap.
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"I'm not losing faith in them," Holmgren said. "I'm a little ticked off we didn't play better. But you just keep going, you keep plugging away."
Offensively, Holmgren said the Seahawks strayed away from the game plan early because they got behind. He also said the Seahawks may have to rely on its running game more in the future, similar to the St. Louis game where they ran the ball effectively, to win games down the road. Holmgren may look to the blueprint of teams like Baltimore or Tennessee, relying on ball control and good defensive play to win games 17-13. However, in order to do that the defense has to play much better.
"We're going to do what we do," Holmgren said. "And continue to try and get them thinking properly. Get them believing in themselves again. I think the important thing is they know that I still have confidence in them, which I do. And they must have confidence in each other and their ability to get this thing done."
Holmgren said Matt Hasselbeck's knee is OK and he should be ready to practice this week. Deion Branch is another matter, however. Branch suffered a bruised heel, Holmgren said, and his status this week is uncertain. Holgren said he believes Branch's knee is OK. Kelly Jennings, who suffered a concussion on Sunday, should be ready to go this week.
Holmgren also said changes will be made, including the possibility of personnel changes on both sides of the ball.
Most of the Seahawks players were gone when the locker room opened up. However, several of the key defensive players remained. Safety Brian Russell called watching the film "painful" and his play in particular "unacceptable."
"We took it on the chin," Russell said. "We watched it and we're going to be a better defense because of it. But you have to go out and fix those things."
Russell said the defense still believes they can turn things around because they played so well last year.
"It's hard," Russell said. "I feel like this is just lip service. We have to go out there and do it. Talking all day doesn't make play for you. So we get a chance on Sunday."
Linebacker Leroy Hill said like the rest of the team he was upset after the game on Sunday. Hill said the team needs to play with a chip on their shoulder.
"Footbal and every sport is about swagger," Hill said. "You have to walk with a swagger and you have to play with a swagger. Right now we are on our heels and not playing with our swagger. We have to find a way to get that back and it all starts with practice."
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Linebacker Julian Peterson said despite the poor showing by the defense the first four games of the season, the players still have not lost confidence.
"Not at all," he said. "We just know what we have to do. There's no time to mess around. It's not necessarily a panic situation, but it is almost. So we've got to make sure that we tighten up on our responsibilities."