I wanted to point out some really good work being done by Eric Williams over at Seahawks Insider. It's good to see that blog with a pulse again. I think a healthy Seahawks Insider is good for the entire Seahawks blogosphere.
I really like the Holmgren transcript. A couple quotes stood out to me.
(On Branch’s return date…) “You don’t [know]. It’s—when we get into the injury things—and I’ll say it now, and I’ll say it after game six, and I’ll say it after game twelve during the season—we’re hopeful that we will have him for the first regular season game. And we’ll see. We’ll see how that goes.”
You might notice that this quote doesn't make sense. Holmgren kind of hems and haws and then says "and I’ll say it now, and I’ll say it after game six, and I’ll say it after game twelve during the season—we’re hopeful that we will have him for the first regular season game."
Why would you say "after game six" that "we're hopeful we will have him for the first regular season game"? You wouldn't. Nor would you say it after game twelve. Game six, not coincidentally, is the game players can come off the PUP list. You can book it-- that's where Branch will be.
(On the kicking game…) “I’m always concerned about the kicking game. I believe we have a great snapper, a young guy who can really snap the ball. And last year, it was like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the wind blew us. You never knew what was going to happen. So, that’s an encouragement to me.
(On Herring…) “Well, he’s got a little bit of a sickness that we have to kind of, we have to do some more work on. It’s causing some of the things that are plaguing him right now, the pulls and different things. It’s kind of a little different deal. So we have to play it that way with him, see if we can, he’s got to do some more testing and things like that.”
Don't know what that's about, if Holmgren is being colorful or if Herring is suffering something more serious, but it's not an encouraging quote.
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Not much to report, really.
Here's the quick hits:
Dave Boling at Seahawks Insider is reporting that Kelly Jennings made a nice leaping interception. This matters for one reason: Kelly Jennings needs to develop something in the way of ball skills to take the next step as a corner. At the moment, he's very good in coverage, but without the threat of an interception, quarterbacks will eventually target Jennings man regardless whether he's covered. An incomplete just isn't so bad. A couple picks and Jennings will be not just sound, but fearsome.
Danny O'neal at Seahawks Blog is reporting that Seattle's goal for Marcus Tubbs is for him to be back by the regular season. That probably means he'll be held out of preseason. With a player as injury prone as Tubbs, it might be smart to save his snaps for when it counts.
Rookie Lawrence Jackson blew up one play in the backfield. After practice, he said he thought getting into camp on time was important because it showed veterans he was serious about his job. It's always refreshing when the rookies know their place.
That's a good attitude. And if you read between the lines, it's not just about knowing his place, Jackson is after respect.
The overlap on these three training camp reports is...curious. As they're all reporting almost the exact same information.