Don't expect Mike Holmgren to jump to the front of the instant-replay bandwagon if the competition committee he serves on decides to take a look at the current system. Most won't blame the...
KIRKLAND Don’t expect Mike Holmgren to jump to the front of the instant-replay bandwagon if the competition committee he serves on decides to take a look at the current system.
Most won’t blame the Seahawks coach after two weeks of heart-pounding debate.
Did Keyshawn Johnson really score that touchdown against the Seahawks? Officials didn’t challenge the play, so yes.
Did Antonio Cochran really sack Daunte Culpepper on the last play against the Vikings? Officials didn’t challenge the play, so no.
“I might vote against it next time,” Holmgren said. “We, as a team, have been victimized by more bad things than any team in the league. I’m not going to go into it, but I could give you four examples of, not necessarily poor judgment, but just mechanics, rules. Guys get paid (to) do it. Do your job.”
The competition committee, made up of coaches and NFL front-office personnel, is expected to review the system in the offseason in the wake of these incidents and others.
“I’m not a tremendously superstitious guy,” Holmgren said, “but it’s been an unusual year in some respects. You hope they even out. I feel this way: There have been two games in the last two years where we should have won the game (Baltimore in 2003, and Dallas this season). Both of them, it was taken away from us.”
The Walter Jones rule?
Pete Kendall, a former Seahawks offensive lineman who now plays for the New York Jets, acknowledges that what Walter Jones does is special. There aren’t many players who can skip training camp year after year, then play at a Pro Bowl level right out of the gate.
That said, Kendall also said training camp is too long.
“He has a great deal going,” Kendall said. “I’m hoping that more people are paying attention to what Walt is doing. He’s proving that you don’t need six weeks of training camp. Something tells me that the powers that be are looking the other way.
“If we all had a three-week training camp, the quality of play would probably be the same. But it is remarkable that Walter can just basically step off the plane and go play an NFL game and play it at such a high level.”
Matt Hasselbeck has heard the boos, the heckles, the people making fun of his family and everything else. So he can sympathize with Denver quarterback Jake Plummer, who gave one fan a, um, Mile High Salute with a certain finger Sunday.
The gesture was caught on camera and aired on highlight shows.
“I understand some of the frustration, for sure,” Hasselbeck said. “But that’s one of the things in this business that’s tough. I’ve been around a lot of guys that have been good players, good enough to play in this league. But they couldn’t handle that part of it necessarily. And Jake’s a great player, and he’ll do fine, but for some of the younger guys that can be a struggle sometimes.”
Asked if he’d ever reached a similar boiling point, Hasselbeck smiled at the media surrounding him.
“Maybe with some of you guys,” he quipped.
More support for Ty
Jets coach Herm Edwards is another in the litany of coaches expressing support of the hiring of Tyrone Willingham as the head football coach at Washington.
“It’s a shame what happened to him at Notre Dame,” Edwards said. “One thing about Tyrone, he brings a lot of class to the program. He’s going to do it the right way. He’s going to win. He will honor the student-athlete code.
“The young guys that decide to go to the University of Washington, they will graduate and they will also have a lot of fun playing football under Tyrone Willingham.”
OL Jerry Wunsch did not practice yesterday, but he did test his sore right knee away from the action. He is wearing a brace and is probable for Sunday.