Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren's storied tenure as leader of the Seattle Seahawks came to a close on a bit of a down note with a 34-21 loss at Arizona. And so now the Jim Mora era kicks off.
First, I'd like to wish Frank good luck and thank him for all the help he's provided me these last couple years. If you haven't heard, Frank announced this morning that he took a buyout and his last day was Sunday. Frank, you've been an invaluable resource in my time covering pro sports in Seattle. We'll miss you and I wish you well in your future plans.
Holmgren will have one last meeting with his players today, and players will empty out their lockers. We will have player reactions to the end of the season and look forward to what should be a busy offseason for Seattle.
As you probably have already heard, the Seahawks will get the fourth overall pick in the draft.
Holmgren will talk one final time on Tuesday, and we will hear from team president Tim Ruskell and Mora in the next couple weeks. No official day has been scheduled for Ruskell or Mora, but we will let you know when it's announced.
Also, we'll be discussing Sunday's game and whatever else you want to talk about concerning the Seahawks at 9 a.m. this morning. Click here and log in if you want to join the conversation.
Our own Frank Hughes says Seattle's season ended much like the season began, with a demoralizing loss. The latest loss proves that the season was not a fluke base on injuries, and that changes need to be made for the Seahawks to return to prominence.
Our own Dave Boling discusses the things Seattle will have to fix during the offseason. It includes a long laundry list of needs, except for a tight end with the way rookie John Carlson has played.
Wide receiver Deion Branch continues to show signs of life.
Seattle's secondary had no answer for Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald, with the team's best corner Marcus Trufant unable to slow the talented receiver down.
Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald says quarterback Seneca Wallace proved he play in the NFL with his play at the end of the season.
Kurt Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt paid tribute to Mike Holmgren at the end of the game, calling the retiring Seattle head coach a legend.
San Francisco 49ers
It was an eventful day for the 49ers. Jed York, 27-year-old son of owners John and Denise York, assumed the title of team president in charge of day-to-day operations before the game.
Jed York then announced after the game that Mike Singletary would be the team's head coach, signing a reported 4-year, $10 million deal. Oh, and by the way, the 49ers defeated Washington at home 27-24 on a Joe Nedney 39-yard field goal as time expired. John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle has it all here.
More Crumpacker: Running back Frank Gore gets his 1,000 yards.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat says offensive coordinator Mike Martz contributed greatly to Singletary's success. Martz may stick around for next season. You can also find a report card from San Francisco's last game here.
Edgerrin James re-emerges with a 100-yard game against Seattle, Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals found dignity and a spark in the team's win over Seattle.
Kent Somers offers some interesting news and notes from Sunday's game, including Arizona's attempt to achieve more of a balance offensively by running the ball more. Expect to see more Edge next week in the playoffs.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals victory give them some much-needed confidence heading into the postseason. There's also a pretty good picture of Fitzgerald pulling in a one-handed grab on a fade route.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams put forth the effort, but lost their 10th straight, 31-27 to the Falcons, finishing the season 2-14. The Rams have the second overall pick in the draft, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Bryan Burwell of the Post-Dispatch says head coach Jim Haslett has the support of the players and should be retained.
Bernie Miklasz, also a columnist for the Post-Dispatch, begs to differ.
Jeff Gordon, a columnist for the Post-Dispatch, is just glad the nightmare season is over.
Running back Stephen Jackson manages to get 1,000 yards in an injury-plagued season.