The shotgun was a big topic of conversation on Monday, and while it is something that Holmgren said he is not entirely comfortable with because of the potential for disaster, Hasselbeck seems to like it and it gives him some initial space between the line and the pass rushers. He said it is Matt's call to use it based on what he sees from the defense once he emerges from the huddle. He was talking about that first snap from Chris Spencer last week that rolled along the ground, and he said he was looking at the play sheet and did not see it happen. He looked up and asked his assistants what happened and they said, "Oh nothing, everything is fine." Then when he saw it on film, he said, "You guys didn't tell me this happened." And they said, "Oh really, we didn't?"
He said that while he appreciated Josh Brown's vigor in tackling Devin Hester, he was going to have a talk with him about not doing that. PKs are too valuable and he does not want to risk an injury to Josh for one entertaining play.
He was very complimentary of Leonard Weaver about his ability to pick up blocking, both in the run and in pass protection.
He said there is a sort of standing threat, for lack of a better term, with the offensive lineman that if somebody is not playing well then Pork Chop is there to replace them. He can play any position but center.
He said the long runs by Cedric Benson were because of blatant assignment errors. I did not speak with Julian Peterson in the locker room, but Boling said he saw that JP took the blame for those runs.