The postgame stuff was more analytical than emotional. I think that part of the season is probably over with. Mike Holmgren came up to the podium and didn't make a statement, as he usually does. He just said, "Questions?"
Matt Hasselbeck took all the blame for the last throw. He basically said it was a misread between he and Koren, and he never should have thrown the ball. I asked him what he should have done instead, and he said he should not have made that throw. He is not sure whether he should have gone through his progressions or thrown the ball away, but that was definitely the wrong decision. Essentially, they had run the play earlier and Matt made the same read even though Washington was covering the play differently.
On the first interception, he said he thought John Carlson was getting held, and he decided to throw the ball in his direction with the hopes the officials would see the hold and throw the flag. He said he has not had trouble flicking the ball like that in the past, but for whatever reason he had difficulty with it today.
He looked like he was complaining about one of the Redskins rolling into his knees, but when I asked him he said that was not the case.
Josh Wilson said he doesn't know why Santana Moss threw that left hook to his chin, which earned a 15-yard penalty. "I have a helmet on. Unless you are hitting me with a cement block it's not going to matter."
Kelly Jennings said he can understand why the refs threw the flag on the pass interference call with Moss. He said they were fighting for position and he probably bumped him a little too much. I thought it was a bit ticky tack, but maybe he didn't want to get in trouble with the officials.
After the game, Shawn Springs came up to Mike Holmgren at midfield, gave him the first-bump and said, "You are still the man, Mike." Then, just before he turned and ran to the locker room, he said, "Big Show. Big Show." Springs is the player who named Holmgren Big Show. Holmgren just smiled.
It was a reunion at midfield after the game. Matt and Shaun Alexander were talking and hugging. A bunch of players came up to Ryan Plackemeier to say hello. I never did see Zorn and Holmgren talk afterwards, though Holmgren said they chatted before the game.
Of the Julius Jones-Mo Morris thing, Holmgren said there was a miscommunication with the PA announcer, who announced that Julius was starting. When he did, nobody ran out of the tunnel because everybody was confused. Holmgren said he had planned all along to start Morris, and when he came out hot he continued to run plays for him. He said he may start Jones in Dallas, but that decision has not been made.
The team will have off Monday, then practice on Tuesday like it is a Wednesday. The coaches will game plan Monday. They will have a light practice on Wednesday and depart thereafter. The players basically said the Cowboys have to go through the same thing so they cannot complain. What they did not mention is that the Cowboys do this every year so are used to it, and that the Cowboys don't have to travel.
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