It finally felt like football season today. A little chill from the wind. Players wearing long-sleeve shirts under their shoulder pads. And the pristine practice fields at the team's practice facility are finally starting to get a little soggy.
Perhaps that bodes well for Seattle. It certainly can't get any worse (did I just say that). At 2-6, they can forget about the first part of the season, turn their attention to the next eight games and see if they can grind out some wins.
As they have said throughout the first half of the season, defensive coordinator John Marshall again echoed the sentiment that the season is not lost.
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"The one thing you do is you ball up your fist tighter and you keep punching away," Marshall said. "If you keep punching away, like when we played San Francisco, boom we catch a ball and we score. You just keep believing in each other and keep punching.
"I know no other way to do it. The other option ain't gonna work. I mean, you don't have a shot. So, as I mention all the time, the character of this group of guys is going to sustain them through this tough time. And they're tough times. Those are the guys that survive these times."
The mood was upbeat in the locker room after practice, with guys joking around as they got dressed and headed off to meetings. You could see the same thing in practice. Guys are more relaxed and not worrying about what happened earlier in the season, and maybe that will translate into a better performance on Sunday.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck did not practice today. He was in the locker room afterwards talking to some of his teammates.
Wide receiver Koren Robinson also did not practice. He watched from the sidelines.
Both Lofa Tatupu and Leonard Weaver practiced today. Deion Branch and Floyd Womack did not practice.
During the press conference Mike Holmgren responded to a question about the struggling running game, and the split carries between Julius Jones and Mo Morris. Holmgren said Jones got the bulk of the carries earlier in the season because Morris was hurt, but with Morris back he's rotating them both like he would have to begin the season.
Further, neither one is getting many carries because the team is not sustaining drives and staying on the field, and also Seattle has fell behind early in games, forcing Holmgren to pass more.
Holmgren also said the team is seeing different defenses now with Hasselbeck hurt and teams bent on stopping the run, forcing Seattle to throw.
"I love Julius Jones," Holmgren said. "And I love Mo Morris. But as far as who gets how many yards and all that kind of stuff, I've never thought a lot about that. And I'm not going to do that now.
"We will do what we need to do to put the right combination on the field. I think they have their strengths. Heck, when (T.J.) Duckett got to play, when Mo was hurt, I forgot who we played, Duckett had a nice second half. I forget what game it was. It's not that complicated. I think it's fair to play both of them. That's not the reason for the rushing total drop-down, the fact that we're substituting there. That's not the reason."