Mac's NFL Blog - 8/19/07

Mike Holmgren has a reputation of being a pretty good head coach. He took a brash, young, mistake-prone QB named Favre and turned him into the league's MVP and a player who could break every meaningful NFL passing record in the book this year on his way to Canton, Ohio.

After 25 years of nearly continuous losing, he turned the Green Bay Packers into a Super Bowl winner and has a road outside of Lambeau Field named after him.

Holmgren has also turned around the fortunes of the Seattle Seahawks organization. Under Holmgren the Seahawks have won 4 division titles, won their first playoff game since 1984, and made their first trip to the Super Bowl following the 2005 season.

But last night, Mike Holmgren showed why he really is smart. With both starting offensive tackles (Walter Jones, Sean Locklear) sitting out the essentially meaningless preseason game, Holmgren made the correct decision to shackle starting QB Matt Hasselbeck to the bench.

Without Jones and Locklear, the Seahawks offensive line was a mess. The Packers' defensive end got to play "Meet Me at the QB" in a first half that saw Seattle quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and David Greene sacked a combined 5 times. In fact, if you listen closely enough, you can hear Tom Ashworth whiffing on another attempt to block Cullen Jenkins.

Preseason games don't mean anything until, that is, your team sustains a key injury. Last night wasn't Mike Holmgren's first rodeo, who surely knew that the risk of playing Hasselbeck without his best blockers wasn't worth getting him 10 or so reps in August.

Two years after announcing his "graduation" from the NFL, Patriots LB Junior Seau is ready for another season.

They know it's only the preseason, but the Dallas Cowboys are feeling good about themselves.

Does "T.O." stand for "Team Oriented"?

Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry has a sprained MCL in his left knee, but DE Ebenezer Ekuban is finished for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Raiders starting running back LaMont Jordan outperformed his challenger, Dominic Rhodes.

Raiders QB Daunte Culpepper fumbled twice for the second consecutive week.

Lowell Cohen of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat publicly endorses Culpepper for City Council, er, I mean starting QB of the Oakland Raiders.

The first team offense for the San Francisco 49ers turned in a solid night.

Dennis Georgatos of the Contra Costa Times has some thumbs up and thumbs down for the 49ers after last night's come-from-behind win over the "visiting" Oakland Raiders.

Chargers RB Darren Sproles had a good night against St. Louis.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch didn't see many positive signs for the Rams last night.

Jacksonville's offense struggled against the Buccaneers 1st team defense.

QB Jeff Garcia is giving Buccaneers fans hope that the upcoming season isn't already lost.

Tampa Bay's young guard tandem of Arron Sears and Davin Joseph weren't embarrassed by Jacksonville's stout defensive line.

It wouldn't be a Ken Whisenhunt offense without a trick play. Within that same notebook, it's learned that WR Ahmad Merritt, who was making a case for a roster spot, will miss the year with a dislocated ankle.

The Houston Texans offense scored on 6 consecutive series
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Nicholas Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press doesn't care that it's only the preseason, how many times have the Lions won back-to-back games lately?

Detroit Lions DT Shaun Rogers will return to practice on Tuesday.

Cleveland Browns rookie QB Brady Quinn was impressive in mop-up duty.

One of the guys ahead of Quinn on the depth chart knows what it's like to hear his name being chanted by the fans.

Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren blames himself for last night's embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Perhaps the only bright spot for the Seahawks last night was the kick returns by rookie CB Josh Wilson.

The Packers cruised in their biggest preseason win in nearly 70 years.

Green Bay's second-year CB Will Blackmon likely solidified his spot as the Packers return man.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer never looked comfortable against the Saints last night.

Redskins QB Jason Campbell avoided a serious knee injury on Saturday night. The importance of that is not lost on Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

Within Ed Bouchette's Steelers notebook in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, we learn that Redskins WR Antwan Randle El wants the ball more and Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks could go from starter in 2006 to a game-day inactive in 2007.


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