Plenty of stuff to read here as it appears summer has officially come to an end today. Get that Gore-Tex raincoat out of the closet.
Frank Hughes debates Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren on the theory that sleep deprivation and altered biorhythms could lead to increased fumbles and lousy play on the road.
A furrow-browed Holmgren doesn't buy it: "Would I make that argument? No. I wouldn't. I don't believe in that stuff. Now I'm probably wrong with the scientists in the audience, but I don't believe in that stuff."
Dave Boling discusses the importance of the return of Matt Hasselbeck's security blanket, Bobby Engram.
With Engram and Deion Branch back, Seattle should throw a bit more this week – maybe.
Some highlights from Holmgren's Wednesday press conference.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press notes that although Engram is considered Hasselbeck's go-to receiver, he's only the third-highest paid receiver on the team after Deion Branch ($3.5 million) and Nate Burleson ($3.25 million). Engram, who will make $1.7 million this season, wanted to renegotiate his contract during the offseason but Seattle resisted. Engram considered holding out.
Bell also reports that soon-to-be head coach Jim Mora remains mum on his future coaching assistants. Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable, who served as an offensive line coach for Mora in Atlanta, has been rumored to be heading to Seattle next season.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald writes that the Seahawks are beginning the season anew after the bye week.
Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian points to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's struggles with Engram and Branch out.
KJR's Mitch Levy talks to Seattle offensive coordinator Gil Haskell this morning.
Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes that the Giants will turn to their depth at receiver with Plaxico Burress suspended for one game.
According to New Jersey Star-Ledger reporter Mike Garafolo, wide receiver Mario Manningham is on the field today after missing the first two days of practice this week with the flu.
Joe Lapointe of the New York Times cautions that the Giants could be primed for an upset this week.
San Francisco 49ers
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports San Francisco linebacker Manny Lawson will not play against the Patriots this week. Maiocco also offers a glimpse into the mind of New England Patriots head coach Belichick in this blog post. It's worth a read.
After a staph infection sidelined him earlier this season, rookie wide receiver Josh Morgan is expected to play a larger role in the 49ers' offense this week, John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee talks about the 49ers issues with pass blocking with Belichick.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News has a Q&A with New England quarterback Matt Cassel.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Anquan Boldin has a fractured sinus and possible concussion, and likely will not play against Buffalo this week.
With Boldin likely out, Steve Breaston will likely step into the No. 2 receiver role for Arizona.
St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas reports that Trent Green understands his demotion back to No. 2 quarterback.
Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch says quarterback Marc Bulger must snap out of it and start playing well.
The bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the Rams.