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Mora softens on his remarks on Mare

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm with 10 Comments »
September 28, 2009 4:12 pm

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora softened his stance on kicker Olindo Mare a day after blasting the 14-year veteran for missing two kicks in the team’s 25-19 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

“I have very high, high expectations for Olindo, and it’s because of the work that he’s done in this league,” Mora said. “He’s been an outstanding kicker, and he’s done a lot of great things for us. I think I let the emotion of the game get to me in my answers about Olindo.

“One of the things that confirmed my feelings for Olindo Mare is the way he came out, when we were down 16-7 and pop one through there to give us the lead. … I feel strongly that we’re all paid, and it’s our job as a professional to make plays or correct decisions as coaches. So sometimes you maybe set the bar too high sometimes.

“His kickoffs were fabulous yesterday. Would I have liked for him to make those two kicks? Yeah. But I wouldn’t like him to make them anymore than he’d like to make them.”

Mora went on to say that when he was asked about Mare’s performance he answered honestly, but perhaps with a bit too much enthusiasm. Mora said the Seahawks had a team meeting and discussed the issue.

Mora had said on Sunday that Mare’s performance was not acceptable.

“If you’re a kicker in the National Football League you should make those kicks – bottom line,” Mora said. “End of story. Period. No excuses. No wind, doesn’t matter. You’ve gotta makes those kicks.

“Especially in a game like this, where you’re kicking and fighting and scratching your tail off and you miss those kicks, it’s not acceptable. Not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable.”

Mora said the team will not make a move at kicker this week, but will work out people as they do every Tuesday and look at possible adjustment to the roster, although the team remains hamstrung in terms of making roster moves because none of the injured players are on the injured reserve list.

On the injury front, Mora said offensive guard Rob Sims had an MRI which revealed that he suffered a strained oblique and will be questionable for Sunday.

Mora is uncertain is quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a fractured rib over a week ago at San Francisco, will return to action this week.

“It depends on how he feels, how he moves and the progress he makes in terms of recovering from the rib injury,” Mora said about Hasselbeck.

Mora said Hasselbeck probably will not practice on Wednesday.

Brandon Frye has a strained groin and will miss a day or two of practice, but the team is hopeful he can play on Sunday.

The team will play the wait-and-see game for at least another week with Walter Jones. Mora said Jones has not suffered a setback in his rehab, but that the team and Jones both want to make sure that Jones can play up to the high standard he has set for his play throughout his career.

Mora said that Lofa Tatupu, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, ran today and looked good, and if things go well this week he should be back.

Justin Griffith missed last week with a sprained MCL and Mora said the team will see if he can do anything this week and evaluate him again on Friday.

Mora said Ken Lucas (groin) is much better today than he was last Monday, and that he should practice all week.

Mora said after reviewing the film he was encouraged by the team’s effort and the ability of the offense to move the ball in-between the 20s with mainstays like Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones.

Where the team struggled, Mora said, is making a few critical plays that would have pushed them over the top in terms of winning the game.

“We were just a little bit off,” Mora said. “Maybe the ball was thrown a little bit too high, or maybe the protection wasn’t as sound as it needed to be. Maybe we missed a block in protection, or maybe the route wasn’t as crisp, or we didn’t make the great catch or great run that you need to make to win at this level. So it wasn’t one thing in particular.”

Mora said center Chris Spencer played well, doing a good job of getting to the second level in run blocking and helping to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage in pass protection.

On the Matt Forte fumble near the goal line that was overturned by officials after the Bears challenged the ruling on the field, Mora had this to say.

“Every replay that I’ve seen in my eyes is inconclusive,” Mora said. “And the rule states if it’s inconclusive, then the ruling on the field stands. But I have not had all the views that the official making the call had. So he saw it differently than I did. And it was a big play in the game.”

Mora said that the Seahawks submitted the play as something the league should take a closer look at.

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  1. hawkdawg206 says:

    I’m glad Mora is holding players accountable, but how about Knapp and his questionable play calling? He was great at first, but as the game went on, the offense remained stagnant. Is it Senecas fault? Some of it… But as coaches they need to put the player in a plan of success. The reverse on a 3rd and short was stupid. Branch, coming off an injury, was supposed to make a play? Cmon now… Same with Bradley, we were told a relentless pursuit style of defense, but frankly, I’m seeing the same “bend but don’t break gap control” defense that Marshall used… I’m so glad it’s only the beginning of the season… We have lots of football left to fix our mistakes.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Well, that is a predictable backtrack and one that was necessary. And while I appreciate the candor and love the emotion, I prefer not to see the head coach selling players out in the press like that. If Mare likes being a Seahawk, he shouldn’t miss many more, that’s for sure. Defused and moving on…

    Good news on the injury front: Lucas, Lofa, Griffith and Frye. With Freeney out I think that gives them a little flexibility, not having to rush Walt back.

    I don’t believe for one second that Mora doesn’t have all the angles the ref had. That is a clever way to criticize the call without being fined. That was a brutal reversal.

  3. variable575 says:

    Duke,

    are you saying our guys(lucas, lofa, griffth and frye) are healthy? Where did you get your info?

  4. variable575 says:

    Eric

    Have any news about Sims and the other injuries?

  5. variable575 says:

    Disregard my questions, jumped straight to the comments before reading, sorry.

  6. variable575 says:

    New topic fellas,

    Lofa maybe healthy but i’m really impressed with the “heater”!!!!(and will). I hope Lofa elevates his game! I think this is heater’s last yr as a hawk? He seems like he’s faster than lofa and that’s really the point. Lofa was great in the first yr but than he got a little thicker and a lot slower. 16 tackles in a game + interception and the play that should have been upheld as a fumble, go heater!!!!!

  7. Dukeshire says:

    No worries, I do it all the time. lol

    Yes, Hawthorne played well yesterday. And he wraps up when he tackles.

  8. nightwulf says:

    Hawkdawg,
    did you really watch the game? especially the bears attempt at a run game? They’ve got a good line, and a good running back, and what I saw was a “you ain’t goin’ nowhere, son, so just sit yourself down” type of defense…For a feature back of that caliber, on a team with that good a line, 66 yds in 21 carrys with a long of 11 yds was pretty amazing…I don’t recall the Hawks EVER being that strong against the run vs a quality opponent…
    Here’s a thought…let’s give heater a try at olb…Maybe when Hill gets hurt, like he always does, we’ll be covered:)

  9. Eric. Are the Hawks planning to go with the green jerseys again this year or is this a one time thing.

    Thanks

  10. “We were just a little bit off,” Mora said. “Maybe the ball was thrown a little bit too high”

    If I see Seneca continue to fire bullet passes over the heads of wide open WRs, with no touch on the ball and no patience to float it into the receivers hands… I think I might turn into one of these wingnuts calling for us to just run the wildcat instead of having Seneca pass the ball.

    Ugh. That game was so winnable it makes me sick.

    And the ref who overturned the fumble should be fired.

    Good riddance to September. Bring on October.

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