Regarding Seneca Wallace, he is still iffy. Holmgren said he will allow Seneca and Charlie Frye to split practice time this week, and he'll make a decision on whether Seneca can play based on his mobility. I asked Holmgren whether that will affect his game plannin, given the discrepancy in the two players' games, and Holmgren -- after punching me in the kidney -- said no, he will for the most part put in the same game plan for both guys.
Deon Grant, who strained a ligament, is likely to practice this week, an upgrade over Monday, when Holmgren said he would not. And Deion Branch is questionable, it sounds like, they have to see how he performs to determine if he can play. That is more pessimistic than Holmgren sounded on Monday.
An interesting line of questioning was raised by Short Bus Johnson, in which he asked Holmgren to clarify his future because in conference calls with opposing teams' media, Holmgren has kind of left open-ended the question. He essentially said he is not closing the door on anything, including coaching and including never being involved in football again. He said he might love riding his Harley and going to the beach. On the other hand, he knows himself and thinks he might get antsy and thinks his wife will want him out of the house, so it is more likely that he revisits football in some capacity. In what capacity, he does not know.
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Holmgren did not address the East Coast thing directly, but he did bring up the point that the game is being played at night on Sunday, which will allow the players to sleep in and relax during the day, ostensibly watching football. About the heat in Florida, which is currently approaching 90 degrees, Holmgren just said the players have to hydrate and they should be ready for it because they have played in it in the past.
Holmgren told some historical stories about Jon Gruden and how he got started and why he hired him as his quality control coach in San Francisco back when Gruden worked at the University of Pacific. At the time, Gruden's father was an assistant with the Niners. "He spoke pretty glowingly of his son," Holmgren joked.
About Shaun Alexander, Holmgren said: "Good for him. Good for him."
Holmgren a few times referenced the "doom and gloomers," which I think means the contingent of the media -- and fans -- which thinks the season is over. Holmgren was careful to say he was an optimist, and that he thinks the season has gone poorly because of a very unusual set of circumstances regarding the injuries. He said they will keep plugging away, and certainly nobody on the team shares the same sentiments as the D&Gers outside the team.