First and foremost, Nate Burleson has a sprained knee. His status is unclear. Here's why: Burleson told Eric Williams that he expects to be back next week. However, when we asked Mike Holmgren about the decision to use Nate as a punt returner, his last line was, "Now it looks like we are going to have to find somebody else," insinuating that Burleson could be out next week. Holmgren said they will know more tomorrow, when both Burleson and Mo Morris get MRIs.
As for the locker room, both Holmgren and the players seemed rather matter-of-fact about the loss. They all said it was not the end of the season, they have to learn from this and move forward and they have a lot of work to do.
Holmgren said he wanted to establish the pass against this defense in order to run, the reason he came out throwing. Hass said he actually felt pretty good early on, but they failed to execute (read: catch balls) and found themselves in too many third-and-forevers.
Speaking of Hass, both he and Holmgren seemed a bit perturbed about the report about Matt's back. They both said that if 85 percent of the population got MRIs on their backs, they too would have bulging discs. Both said the disc has nothing to do with Matt missing time or his tough day. Holmgren said he could think of six drops off the top of his head that had to do with Matt's poor numbers.
The wide receiver thing seems to be a head-in-the-sand situation, or at least not one anybody wants to address. I think they all know it is a problem, and the only way to get the young guys experience is to throw them out there, but nobody is willing to say they are concerned about it. Not that it would do any good, I guess, but they keep saying they will figure it out. I get the sense they are just hoping for the best with Burleson.
Nobody had an answer, or was willing to sell anybody out, on the fake field goal. DD Lewis kept saying, "Lack of attention to detail." Holmgren said he had no idea how a 264-pound man could "sneak" out to the side. Denney said he checked in and ran out there and nobody followed him. Holmgren called it embarrassing. Umm, ya think?
Ryan Plackemeier said he thought he was in the groove, but that clearly was not the case. He said he just needs to get back to work to get consistent.
Lofa injured his thumb but it does not appear to be serious. He, Burleson and Morris were the only injuries.
Holmgren said that in a strange way, this may be the best thing that could have happened to the Seahawks, particularly the young players. It gives them a sense that they are very far from where they need to be at a time when it is early enough to correct mistakes.
Hasselbeck said he remembers the year they went to the Super Bowl, they got pounded by Jacksonville -- and Marcus Stroud -- in the first game, and Stroud actually had grabbed his arm and he could not throw the ball 15 or 20 yards. "Things were looking pretty grim," he said. But, obviously, they turned things around that year, and they hope to do the same this year.
Eric will blog his conversations from the locker room at some point.