My friends, I am leaving the Shaun Alexander worries for a week, spending some time with my family. Mike Holmgren has not yet announced what the team's schedule is, but regardless I am bound for flume rides and spinning teacups. Darrin Beene will be covering this morning's news conference, during which Holmgren will announce if he is giving the team the entire week off. If he does, there will be sparse offerings on the blog. Darrin said he will post stuff in my absence if something occurs, or if there is a practice and media availability, and hopefully Ryan Divish will continue to post some links to national stories and stories about the next opponent, the Cleveland Browns.
Speaking of which, the Browns heading into yesterday were ranked 30th against the run, so Alexander gets another crack at getting going in the team's next game. Boling said yesterday he thought Shaun was running much harder, with much more determination, but somehow he seems to turn what should be a 10-yard run into eight yards. Maybe the week off is what Alexander and the offensive line needs.
I also spoke with Brian Russell after the game. He, of course, is a former Cleveland Brown, but said the game means nothing additional to him. It will be the second time in his career that he will be going back and playing his former team, and he said he got the whole emotional thing out of the way the first time. He said getting too ramped up to play former teammates only serves as a distraction, and he doesn't want it to be that. Should be an interesting time for Charlie Frye, as well, though it's not like he will see the field. But the fact that he was starting there one day and third string in Seattle the next has to be an odd turn of events for him.
At any rate, all that will have to wait for a week. Bask in the glory of yesterday's victory for a while and we'll get back at it full-tilt next Monday.