From the Seattle P-I today (click the external link) comes this quote from coach Mike Holmgren, "Right now, Bobby is our starting split end," coach Mike Holmgren said after the team's minicamp practice.
As in, it is Engram's job to lose?
"I would think so," Holmgren said.
"It's funny, Engram is kind of the forgotten man," Holmgren said of the tortoise-and-hare situation. "He's a good football player and we need him."
"I'm just going to keep working," Engram said when told of Holmgren's declaration. "It's early in the year, but that's good to know -- that you've got a chance to battle and get a starting position. I think that's what everyone in this league works to get."
My take on this is threefold, first, I have no problem with Engram starting, none at all, I have always and will always think that he is a very underrated reciever in this league.
Secondly, why so soon does he announce this? Why not even wait for training camp? I think it's partly because he is flexing his muscles just a little after the Ruskell dominated offseason. Ruskell brought in Pathon and Jurevicius to compete for a starting job, but Holmgren has already apparently decided to go with Bobby. Could this be a little bit of a cat and mouse game with Ruskell? Perhaps Holmgren's way of saying that Ruskell may be calling the shots personnel wise but he is still the guy who makes the decisions on the field? Just a thought.
Lastly, this may explain a great deal of why the decision was made so soon. KFFL.COM 6/14/05)
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren criticized WR Jerome Pathon's conditioning after practice Tuesday, June 14. Pathon seemed to look good in the previous camp, but apparently he may need a wakeup call from the coach.