Bobby Engram would not disclose exactly how the team came to the decision to buy Holmgren a Harley, but he said they basically wanted to give him something that was a lasting memory. "What do you get for the guy who seems to have everything?" Engram said.
He said they chose Mike Wahle to ride it in because it had to be someebody who wasn't practicing, who had motorcycle riding experience and who was big enough to hold it up. Wahle apparently was the right choice.
Engram said the gift is a commentary on what Holmgren has meant for the organization and individual players. Engram said he has learned a great deal from Holmgren, not just about football but about life. And more than anything, the fact that the team still has this attitude during a 4-11 season speaks volumes about Holmgren as a coach and as a person.
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Before Engram came in, Nate Burleson was getting endless amounts of grief about his choice for snow boots. They looked like the ones that Napoleon Dynamite wore. As C.J. Wallace walked out, he asked Burleson, "Are you going to tuck your jeans into the boots?"
Burleson said he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery and that, 3 1/2 months after having the surgery, they are ready to put him on a running program. He said he does not know yet if he will be available for OTAs or training camp, but he thinks he will be ready for camp and the start of next season.
He said being a Seattle native has been tough because he has watched the decline of Seattle sports in 2008. Because of that, he said, he feels responsible, as a veteran player on the team, to come back next year and turn this thing back around. It's been tough to watch from the sidelines and though this year is not over he is ready for next year to begin.
Engram said the players are embracing the concept that Sunday's game is a message game to Arizona that their NFC West reign is a one-and-done affair. Next year is back to controlling the division after the Seahawks get back their full complement of players, and laying a loss on the Cardinals is the first step in that endeavor.