Mike Holmgren had an extended meeting yesterday with a small group of local media. Our Dave Boling was there.
Holmgren, who was born in San Francisco and was an assistant coach with the 49ers from 1986-91, insists he's not torn about his allegiance for Sunday.
“I’m pulling for the Seahawks,” Holmgren said. “I’m happy the 49ers are in because those are the two best teams. I think it’s the best game; there’s a lot of good stories, it should be a really good week.”
But, don't ask for comparisons of his 2005 Seahawks with this year's group.
“I’m emotionally attached to those guys,” he said. “I love those players and coaches, and they accomplished a great deal that year.”
Holmgren said he didn’t sense the level of excitement for his 2005 team that he sees for this year’s Seahawks.
“Maybe that’s because I never got out of the building during the week,” he said. “You’re aware of the fans and aware of the excitement in the city, but now, you’re really aware. I go places and everybody’s wearing jerseys, everybody’s thinking about it. When you’re coaching, you’re not aware, you’re in your cave.”
Wait, is he a dinosaur or a cave man?
> I wrote about Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll who are essentially saying the only stat that matters is wins.
Other Seahawks links:
> 49ers safety Donte Whitner says the team's strategy against Seattle is simple: take away Marshawn Lynch and make the quarterback beat them.
> The Everett Herald writes about the Seahawks offense.
> The Washington Post writes about how far the NFC West has come.
> Seahawks.com focuses on Frank Gore.
> Even Seahawks.com says the offense must find a way to get better.
> Truckload of stuff on the Seahawks and the playoffs from Peter King.
> Five first impressions of the Seahawks-49ers game from USA Today.
> The Saints have a big decision coming with Jimmy Graham.
> ESPN writes weather could influence Super Bowl ticket prices.
> Jim Harbaugh's grandfather passed away Sunday morning prior to the game.
> Harbaugh is actually for the Seahawks limiting the states where tickets for the game could be purchased.
> Harbaugh sang a bit of Johnny Cash and quoted Al Davis at his Monday press conference.
> Here's the Derrick Coleman commercial, in case you haven't seen it: