Since Alexander returned from
a knee sprain that kept him sidelined for three weeks, Holmgren has said the two
backs would split duty, though that generally was assumed to mean that Morris
would get more carries then he normally does.
But not more carries than Alexander.
Holmgren clarified the situation on Monday, saying the team decided to give each
back a series, rather than shuttling them in and out based on play-calls and situations.
"Nolan (Cromwell) will say, 'OK, this is Mo's series, this is Shaun's series,'
then we go through our normal substitution patterns," Holmgren said. "You
kind of couple all that together and you get what you got."
As it turned out, Alexander got more yards (38) than Morris (36) because he had
a 25-yard run, his longest of the season.
Because of their weaknesses, Holmgren said which player is in the game could affect
his play-calling -- if he stopped to consider who was in the game. Instead, he
chooses not to consider the ramifications.
"Both those athletes have to run what I call," Holmgren said. "I
just said, 'Look, to call a game is hard enough,' and then to have to factor in
those things, I can't do it. So I just have to call it, and whoever is in there
has to function."
--Assistant trainer Donald Rich and assistant strength and conditioning coach
Darren Krein got into a confrontation on the sidelines on Sunday, which was
aired on television. Apparently, when there was a fracas on the field, Krein
was responsible for holding people back so the Seahawks were not assessed a
penalty. Rich took offense and the two started jawing at each other, needing
to be restrained before Mike Holmgren stepped in to stop it.
"I said to them in a very nice way, 'I am coaching a game here so let's
kind of relax a little because I don't really need this right now,'" Holmgren
--The Seahawks are bringing in long snappers on Tuesday to see if they can find
somebody to replace Boone Stutz, who had another high snap on Sunday that cost
the Seahawks an extra point. "The snap ... should be fairly automatic,"
Holmgren said. "We can't think about that too much. And certainly our kicker
can't and our punter can't. If all of a sudden they go, 'Where is it going,
what is happening here?' then that affects how they play. So we're going to
look at someone. If they show, there's a chance (we'd sign him)."
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--WR D.J. Hackett is progressing from a high-ankle sprain but is not expected
to play Sunday in Carolina.
--CB Josh Wilson is healing faster than expected from a quad strain but is likely
out Sunday against the Panthers.
--PK Josh Brown now has more than 100 points for the fifth time in his career,
a team record.
--LB Niko Koutouvides has a career-high 18 special-teams tackles.
--RB Maurice Morris has a career-high 14 receptions.
--QB Matt Hasselbeck needs only 64 more attempts to become the franchise's all-time
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
REPORT CARD VS. CARDINALS
PASSING OFFENSE: A-plus -- Matt Hasselbeck had the best game of the season,
completing 13 of his first 15 passes and 22 of 33 overall for 282 yards and
four touchdowns. It was good for a 131.6 passer rating. He threw to four different
receivers, all of whom made nice catches to help him out. Also, the pass protection
was reasonably good.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- The Seahawks managed only 80 yards on 28 carries
(2.9 avg.) even though their passing game opened up the field. Granted, some
of the runs came as the Seahawks were trying to ice the game, but they need
to do a better job of being able to sustain that facet of their offense when
they need it.
PASS DEFENSE: A-plus -- The Seahawks picked off Cardinals QB Kurt Warner five
times, including on Arizona's first possession, which set the tone, and including
a touchdown by Marcus Trufant, who had three interceptions and now is second
in the NFL with seven. The pass rush got to Warner five times, three by Patrick Kerney.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- After allowing Edgerrin James to rush for 128 yards in the
first meeting, the Seahawks held James to 46 yards on 13 carries, making them
a one-dimensional team.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F -- Josh Brown inadvertently booted a kickoff out of bounds.
Ryan Plackemeier had a 21-yard punt. Boone Stutz had a high snap that cost an
extra point at the end of the game. The kick return team gave up an onside kick
to Neil Rackers. The only thing keeping them from getting an F-minus is that
the punt return team had a safety.
COACHING: A -- In winning his fourth straight NFC West division title, Mike
Holmgren put together a masterful game plan that allowed the Seahawks to score
on their first four possessions, and defensive coordinator John Marshall devised
a plan to stop James and get pressure on Warner, resulting in five turnovers.