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Holmgren tries to figure out these Hawks

SEAHAWKS, PRO FOOTBALL

It sometimes feels like Mike Holmgren is calling plays he knows will work. And they did. Last year – with last year's offensive line.

This year? Not so much.

In the past two games, the Seahawks have faced third-and-one or fourth-and-one down by three points on three occasions. In the first 12 games, they were nearly perfect on those type of plays. But the last two games? Zero for three. And all three were power runs.


Danny O'Neil of the Times analyzes the Hawks recent play, but, looking at it from 300 miles away, it seems like Holmgren has not adjusted to losing Steve Hutchinson or starting two first or second year guys up front.

Things look dark in Kirkland – though that's because of a power outage.

The Seahawks' situation, however, looks bleak and Holmgren is trying to get it figured out without getting angry. So far, he's kept his cool. Probably because he sees his team as having some fight left in them.

But they don't have the confidence they had at the end of last year. Or even at the beginning of this one.

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Yesterday I got to listen to Jim Mora's remarks on the KJR show in their entirety. He may have been joking – though even he admits that it doesn't sound like it – but the truth remains. He wants to UW job – someday.

Not now, but if it opens again, he will be first in line. And the Huskies should hire him. He strikes me as a Pete Carroll type, a guy with NFL pedigree who will do better in the college game.

I've got an idea. Why doesn't he prove me right by taking the Idaho job first? If he can win there, he can win in Montlake. And, just to be clear, I am joking – about the Idaho part.



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