Mike Holmgren was funny after the game. He said he has been getting a lump in his throat all week because everybody has been so kind, from opposing coaches to players to officials. Boling then asked him about his "special relationship with the officials," to which Holmgren replied, "OK, let's not get carried away."
He explained that he has pregame meetings with the officials to discuss things that might arise in the games (he was not specific about what they discussed) and then when something happened, he referenced that meeting and the officials acted as if they didn't remember.
Then when Kyle Williams went out with a concussion (he had to go to the hospital but should be able to fly home with the team) Na'Shan Goddard came in. He has been with the team two weeks, and Holmgren felt like the refs were singling him out and picking on him. "I need to get the question answered if you can get fined by the league after you retire," Holmgren joked.
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In short, he said they were beat by a better team. Larry Fitzgerald is at the top of his game and they made plays. He said he was proud of the effort but succumbed to the circumstances. I talked to four defensive backs and all basically said Fitzgerald knows how to make the play at the moment of truth (a Trufantism.) Trufant said he felt he had good position but Fitzgerald is expert at making the play when it counts.
Holmgren said he didn't even attempt to address the players today because he would have gotten emotional. He will do that in meetings tomorrow. He said he still plans on taking a year off. He said he has not had any calls from other teams. He said if and when they come, it depends on if Kathy picks up the phone or he picks up the phone whether they have a conversation. (I think that was a joke.)
T.J. Duckett said the entire season has been difficult, both from a team perspective and individually. He said the running backs all played their roles even though there were not enough carries to go around. He said he hopes his contributions are enough to have him in training camp next year. He said many players on the team are ready for next season to start because they feel like they need to right a wrong.
Holmgren said the players he thought made the biggest strides this year are Ray Willis, Steve Vallos, Seneca Wallace and Josh Wilson. Wallace said he felt like he proved to naysayers that he can start in this league and win games. Willis said he proved to himself that he can play in this league at a high level.
That's it for now. I'll have quotes in a bit.