A recap of the day’s activities:
Jim Mora. Today is his 48th birthday, and after practice the players serenaded their head coach with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday to You.”
The end-of-practice moment when Mora calls the team up usually is a time when he makes points to the players. Today, there also was the musical interlude.
“He was a little upset that they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “But, you know, it’s your birthday. It’s just been serious around here.”
Sitting at 3-6 and facing the daunting task of playing the 8-1 Vikings in Minneapolis this week, the players felt it was necessary to honor their coach of his special day.
“He tried to act like he didn’t like it, but deep down he probably enjoyed it,” cornerback Marcus Trufant said. “And that’s what teams do, we have fun. Even though things aren’t going exactly how we want them to on the field, we still fight and we still try to have fun.
“He’s a great coach and we’re just trying to get it together. We’re going to keep fighting for him. We’ve going to keep fighting for ourselves. And keep fighting for the city.”
8 on 4
Sunday will be another matchup of future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre (No. 4) and his former backup, Hasselbeck (No. 8). That’s when both were with the Green Bay Packers, and Mike Holmgren was the coach and current Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was the quarterbacks coach.
“They were paying me and I felt like I should be paying them,” Hasselbeck said. “It was an awesome experience. It was kind of like Harvard Business School for a young quarterback.”
Since their days in Green Bay, Hasselbeck is now the Seahawks’ starter and Favre has played against him with the Packers, Jets and now Vikings – after retiring and then un-retiring twice in the last two years.
“It’s just great for the game that he’s back,” Hasselbeck said. “Obviously he’s rejuvenated that team and done just a great job for them so far.
“I’m happy for him. He helped me out a great deal.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- RB Julius Jones (chest)
DID NOT PRACTICE
- DT Craig Terrill (shoulder)
- CB Josh Wilson (concussion)
LIMITED IN PRACTICE
- C Chris Spencer (thumb/back)
- CB Marcus Trufant (concussion)
Trufant was back after sitting out Wednesday, while Spencer was limited to individual drills – not because of his broken right thumb, but a sore back.
The only change for the Vikings was that former Washington State CB Karl Paymah (ankle) was limited, joining a group that already included Favre (groin/hip), CB Antoine Winfield (foot), WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), CB Benny Sapp (groin) and FB Naufahu Tahi (ankle).
YOU DON’T SAY
“Every airport you go to has all these books in the bookstore on leadership. I can promise you, he has never read one of them. It’s just something in him that he has. Teammates love him. Coaches love him. They respect him. The opponent respects him. He has a lot of fun at work. It’s kind of contagious, his attitude. To go with that, he’s very, very talented. ” – Hasselbeck, on Favre’s leadership abilities