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Originally published December 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified December 11, 2007 at 11:55 AM


Notebook | Holmgren had to break up scuffling employees Sunday

Mike Holmgren had to revert to his schoolteaching days momentarily during Sunday's game, breaking up a disturbance on the Seahawks' sideline...

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND — Mike Holmgren had to revert to his schoolteaching days momentarily during Sunday's game, breaking up a disturbance on the Seahawks' sideline between a couple of team employees.

Television cameras caught Darren Krein, the Seahawks' assistant strength and conditioning coach, and one of the team trainers in an argument in which the head coach had to intervene.

Holmgren has Krein and Mike Clark, head strength and conditioning coach, manage the sideline during games, keeping players, coaches and other personnel back from the field so as not to draw a penalty.

The trainer involved argued with Krein that he was far enough back, as Holmgren described the incident, and things got heated.

"Here we are in the third grade," Holmgren said. "So I went and grabbed them both and I told them to be quiet and stay behind the line. That's really what it was."

Holmgren said he had to remind the two that he was trying to coach the game.

"Let's try to relax a little," he told them. "I don't really need this right now."

A change at snapper?

The Seahawks could decide to part ways with long snapper Boone Stutz as soon as today.

Stutz had another off-target snap Sunday that led to an aborted extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter. He has struggled at times with his snap placement since being signed to replace Derek Rackley in early October.

Holmgren said the team is bringing in a group of snappers, kickers and punters for a workout today. Tuesdays are free-agent workout days throughout the NFL, so this is nothing out of the ordinary. But no doubt the snappers will get a long look.

As of Monday, Stutz was still with the team. Holmgren said he'd had a pretty good game Sunday until that snap.


"We're going to look ... and if there's someone that shows, there's a chance," Holmgren said about replacing Stutz with someone new. "If there's no one that shows, probably won't happen."

Healthy Hawks

There were no injuries to speak of out of Sunday's game, and Holmgren happily announced that the Seahawks are about as healthy as they've been all season.

Cornerback Josh Wilson (quadriceps) and wide receiver D.J. Hackett (ankle) are still recovering from their injuries, but are on pace to come back earlier than previously thought. Other than that, no one else is expected to miss this week's game at Carolina.

"At this stage of the season, I'll take that every time," Holmgren said.


• Holmgren was pleased with the running-back rotation he tried Sunday, starting with Shaun Alexander and switching to Maurice Morris for some series. "They ran hard. They got what was there," Holmgren said.

• The Seahawks' 28 rushes and 33 pass attempts Sunday were normal for Holmgren's offense, he said, particularly when the team has a lead and is purposely running the ball to take time off the clock in the second half.

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