Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Do not write off Walter Jones just yet. His former coach, Mike Holmgren, thinks the Seahawks' left tackle will recover well enough physically to continue his career in 2010. Jones
"It will be up to him," Holmgren told KJR radio Wednesday. "It won’t be because physically he can’t play. I think he will be able to play physically. But he has been through the wars a long time, his family is getting older, he has been really good with his money, all those things. Whether he wants to, that’s the big thing at that age."
Jones subsequently told reporters he plans to continue his career.
"It would have been a stretch for him to come back this year, I always felt that," Holmgren told KJR. "He had a number of surgeries and then when they have to go in and do another one after you report to camp and things like that, that never sounds very good, at least in my experience. But I do think this: I think Walter will eventually heal up. I think he will eventually heal up."
The Seahawks cannot count on Jones, of course. They need to protect themselves at the position, something they did not do well enough this season, in my view. If Jones did come back, the offensive line would improve significantly.
Audio: Full Holmgren interview here.
Holmgren also reflected on the Redskins' decision to strip play-calling duties from Jim Zorn: "I was thinking about how I would handle that and it wouldn't be pretty, that is for sure. That is the first thing. The second thing is, you hired me to do something, let me do it."