Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren got emotional again just two days before his final home game as coach when players presented him with the Steve Largent Award.
RENTON — Mike Holmgren had to rein in his emotions Friday as he spoke, moments after quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, on behalf of the team, presented the Seahawks coach with a trophy for the Steve Largent Award.
The annual honor, named for the Hall-of-Fame Seahawks wide receiver, typically goes to a Seahawks player who “best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks.” Wide receiver Bobby Engram won it last season.
Holmgren, who will coach his final home game for the Seahawks on Sunday, was handed the trophy right after he’d handed out game balls from last week’s win to cornerback Marcus Trufant, kicker Olindo Mare and quarterback Seneca Wallace.
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“It was very special,” Holmgren said. “It really is a players’ award. It really is. But these guys never cease to amaze me. Just when I think I’ve got them figured out, they do something real nice for me. I told them I’d accept it with heartfelt thanks.”
Meet Kyle Williams
He’s likely the Seahawks’ starting left tackle Sunday against the New York Jets, the third guy to play that spot this season. Walter Jones played the first 12 games, then Sean Locklear the next two. Now both are hurt, and Williams, who was on the practice squad for all of 2007 and until Nov. 26 of this year, is next.
Williams, 24, is 6 feet 6 and 301 pounds. He started one season at USC and has an athletic lineage. His father, Scott, played college basketball. Uncle Eric Williams was an NFL defensive lineman for 10 seasons after playing at Washington State. Grandfather Roy Williams played in the NFL for Detroit and San Francisco, and his other grandfather was a three-sport athlete in college.
Williams was a backup at both tackle spots at USC until his senior year. He’s a bit nervous to play but eager for his opportunity.
“Going against the ‘ones’ [starting defense] every day, it definitely helps out a lot,” Williams said.
Lifeless on Mars
Four of the Jets’ five losses have come out West, three in California. So coach Eric Mangini was asked about it.
“I feel like I’ve talked about this topic probably second most to talking about Brett Favre,” Mangini said. “To me, whether we play in Seattle, California, whether we play on Mars, we just have to go and play. All that other stuff is irrelevant.”
The Jets have tried to figure out what has gone wrong. But Mangini has no excuse.
“The goal posts are the same height, the field is the same length, the ball is the same dimensions. It’s three hours earlier. We’re not playing in zero gravity.”
Veteran defensive back Ty Law spent a few years as teammate of Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch in New England. Law said Branch looks just as sharp.
“With all the injuries that he has had, to still come out there and be productive when he is on the field, that is Deion,” Law said. “I can give anybody the heads up on him. He is going to come to play on Sunday no matter what you might read, even if he has little nicks, bruises or injuries.”
• The Seahawks might face the Jets without LB Leroy Hill (doubtful, neck injury), Locklear (doubtful, toe), LB D.D. Lewis (questionable, shin) and Hasselbeck (questionable, back). “I’m not that optimistic,” Hasselbeck said. “Week to week.”
• DB Jordan Babineaux (concussion) practiced a little on Friday and is questionable Sunday.
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