The theme with both Mike Holmgren and in the locker room after the game was that this team is not good enough to overcome all the mistakes it made. Obviously, the dropped passes and the penalties killed what semblance of momentum the Seahawks were able to build throughout the game.
For the record, we are saying there were five dropped passes -- two by Colbert, one by Koren, one by Engram and one by Carlson. You could probably subjectively say there were two others, but some of those were either badly thrown or broken up.
The wide receivers said there is not really an explanation for the drops. Koren said he misjudged the ball. He thought the throw was going to be higher than it was so he jumped for it when he didn't need to. He said he felt terrible because he prides himself on not dropping passes and he has not dropped one in three years. He said his TD catch doesn't matter because they didn't win the game.
John Carlson said he should have caught that last pass on fourth down. He said if it hits his hands he expects to make the catch. No excuses, he should have dropped it.
Mike Wahle said he doesn't know what happened on the false start. It is not on Seneca or something he is doing in his cadence. The false starts all fall upon the offensive lineman. He said he thought he was going on the correct snap count, but it was loud in that end of the stadium and he is not sure what happened.
Bobby Engram said he did not hear the whistle, but he knew after he caught the two-point conversion that something was up because the officials were conferring. Seneca said that the pass he threw to Carlson on the next play was difficult to execute because the five yards made a short pass that much deeper.
Seneca said he pulled his groin on the first series of the game when his foot slipped out from under him. He was restricted in what he could do in terms of running -- which affected Mike Holmgren's play-calling -- but he was not limited in his passing.
Regarding the timeout the Seahawks took early in the second half, which they needed at the end of the game: Holmgren said the officials were conferring on something procedurally, and when they do that they usually reset the clock to 25 seconds. But they did not reset the clock, for whatever reason, and when the play was late getting into the offense, there was not enough time left to get off the play so they called timeout. Holmgren said he asked the official to give him back the timeout because they did not follow normal protocol, but the official told him he couldn't do it.
Holmgren said he is done giving the players pep talks after games. He said he told them to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they left everything on the field tody. They need to answer that question honestly. Interestingly, Seneca said he thought the offense left everything on the field.
Holmgren said he made Julius Jones the primary back today because of the types of plays he was planning to call but also because Leonard Weaver got injured so early in the game. Weaver sounded upset that Channing Crowder speared him in the back when he was already on the ground, but said Crowder seemed like a good guy so he doesn't think it was intentional.
C.J. Wallace injured his hamstring.
And the answer to the question about why Holmgren keeps putting receivers on the field who can't catch the ball is that he doesn't have any more receivers. Deion Branch could have played, he said, but it was too much of a risk because what if they activated him and then he got hurt and then they were without four wideouts again? The other receivers got all the reps in practice this week so they decided to let those receivers play.