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"I think the way he has handled it, it has been a little different," Weaver said. "You are used to the yelling Holmgren. But he has really handled it well in the sense of understanding where we are as players. How frustrated we are, as well. I think the way he has come in every week with the intensity and fire -- but the calm intensity and fire -- is a testament to (him)."
Holmgren met with his coaches and players on Monday following the loss to the first-place Arizona Cardinals. And he appealed to their pride.
"There are a lot of reasons you play football, from the time you were small and young to the time you're a professional," he said. "One of them is you're getting paid to do a job. I think anytime you have a season like we're having, down the stretch there are some ramifications that will be the result of how you play now, for next year. I think that's a consideration.
"Everybody in the room -- including coaches -- we're very fortunate to be able to do what we do. If you think about all the young people that you played football with when you were in high school and all the way up that don't get a chance to sit in this room and earn your living playing football, providing for your family probably for a long time ... we're fortunate.
"And to cheapen that, or to take anything away from that opportunity by not giving it everything you have every week, regardless of how the team's doing, I would be very disappointed if the guys handled it that way. I don't think they will."
That message hit Hasselbeck.
"He's a great leader and a great coach," Hasselbeck said. "If people were listening (Monday), then we all learned a lot. There was the opportunity to miss it, though. Hopefully, they didn't miss it.
"Hopefully, everyone's taking advantage of him being around."
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