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Archives: Oct. 2008

Oct.
31st

Friday’s practice — Leonard Weaver limited

We’ll start with the news on Patrick Kerney, whose shoulder is more seriously injured than initially thought and who will be heading to Birmingham to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who did the surgery to repair the labrum in Kerney’s shoulder in the offseason. (Is it just me, or is Dr. Andrews making a killing off the Seahawks this year? He should just move to Seattle and become their team doc.)

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said the medicine that Kerney had taken during the game last week, when he injured the shoulder, started to wear off as the week progressed, and that’s when Kerney’s shoulder became increasingly sore. Holmgren said they will know more on Kerney next week.

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Oct.
31st

Jim Mora says he is not a UW candidate — finally

After multiple days of rampant speculation that he will be the next head coach of the Washington Huskies, Seahawks coach-in-waiting Jim Mora finally put to rest all the unrest.


“I am not a candidate for the University of Washington coaching vacancy,” Mora said in a statement, which the Seahawks released. “I wish the university well with their search and the program nothing but sustained success in the future.”


At last.


Of course, now the speculation may start up about Keith Gilbertson.

Oct.
31st

Mora speculation coming to an end

Apparently, Seahawks defensive backs coach Jim Mora sent a text message to the PI’s Jim Moore last night that said he is not a candidate for the Huskies coaching job — which is what everybody has been asking for all along, a simple clarification that he is not going to take that job.


The Seahawks have been obstinate in their stance that they will not address this situation because they announced in the offseason that Mora was the replacement for Mike Holmgren — even though neither Mora nor Holmgren was at that press conference.


Practice started a

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Oct.
31st

Morning links: Kerney officially out

Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren said Patrick Kerney will definitely miss Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. Talking during his weekly show with KIRO-AM this morning, Holmgren said Kerney will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to get checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Kerney during the offseason, to get a second opinion.

Kerney suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during a playoff game against the Washington Redskins last year. He leads the team in sacks with five.

"He was pretty sore yesterday," Holmgren told KIRO. "He improved over the day before, but he’s pretty sore. And then we’ll have a pretty good idea of where it sits probably next Tuesday."

Holmgren said he’s hopeful fullback Leonard Weaver (sore foot) can practice today and play on Sunday.

Listen to the interview in this audio link.

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Oct.
30th

Thursday’s practice — Lofa out again

Jim Mora spoke today — but not about the UW coaching job. He was asked the question, but his response was: “I’m focused on the Philadelphia Eagles.” When the PI’s Jim Moore asked why Mora won’t address the question and end the speculation, Mora said, “You can call (his agent) Bob Lamonte.”

With the weather still so nice, the Seahawks remain outside, though they have re-lined the fields and are now practicing perpendicular to the lake rather than parallel. Winds have been light this week so it has not had that much of an effect on practice, and the special teams field is still running in the same direction.

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Oct.
30th

Football and the Election

This is courtesy of a friend of mine who used to work the Sonics game nights:


The Washington Redskins are an accurate barometer for presidential elections. According to Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, who coined the term “Redskins Rule” in 2000, the following has held true for the past 17 presidential elections: If the Redskins win their last home game prior to Election Day, the party that won the popular vote in the previous election wins the White House; if the Redskins lose, the party that lost the popular vote in the previous election wins.


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Oct.
30th

Morning links: Will Mora stay or go?

We don’t often lead with our competition, but I thought Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times hit the nail on the head in today’s column, asking why Seahawks secondary coach Jim Mora won’t clear up the air surrounding Seattle’s future head coach. Is Mora interested in taking the head coach at the University of Washington, the school he attended and competed for as a player? Or will he stay put?

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