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Mora press conference: Coach mum on Ruskell rumor

First of all, my apologies for not posting any updates this morning. I was late getting to my flight and I didn’t have any time between plane changes to post anything, and I came right to the press conference this afternoon.

We’ll have the Monday Morning QB chat on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was asked if he had seen any of the reports stating that team general manager Tim Ruskell had been informed by team officials that he’s been asked to step down at the end of the year, and this is what he had to say:

“I haven’t seen those reports, I’m sorry,” Mora said. “We’re pretty involved with St. Louis Rams cleanup and San Francisco prep. We live in a cave. We’re cavemen”

Asked if he feels a sense of urgency for the team to finish strong, validating that the organization, with Ruskell and himself at the forefront, is headed in the right direction, Mora had this to say.

“Every week we want to create a sense of urgency to play our best, and that’s what we’re trying to do, show improvement on a week-to-week basis with everything that we do,” Mora said. “And sometimes that improvement is hidden a little bit, and you don’t see it.

“We want to win football games. We want to show improvement. That’s what we’re here for. So we’re excited about the opportunities we have in front of us.”

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The Ruskell Rumor …

A quick note at 11:04: I’m having some computer issues, apparently I somehow deleted the postgame reaction blog and this post was put in it’s place.

So I go to watch Montana play a basketball game at UW, and I come back and there is a bunch of comments about this report from Pro Football Weekly saying  that GM Tim Ruskell will not be retained next year.

I should have had it up earlier, that’s my fault.

Look, PFW is a respected publication. But there is no by-line on the story and it’s based on inside sources. You

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Mora press conference: Mission accomplished

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora started the press conference by paying his respects to the four Lakewood police officers who were killed this morning by a gunman in a Parkland-area coffee shop.

“The Seattle Seahawks want to offer their condolences to the families of the slain officers,” Mora said. “My heart goes out to them, and it certainly puts what we do in perspective when you lay your life on the line like that. So hearing that news certainly dampens anything that was accomplished today.”

With the Seahawks finally winning on the road for the first time this season, Mora was pleased his team finally got off the snide. However, he was still coaching and getting after his players with a couple minutes left in the contest, and said he didn’t feel like they had the game won until Nate Burleson recovered the St. Louis on-side kick with 44 seconds left in the game.

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Hawks vs. Rams live game chat

A peppy Ryan Divish will be your host, beginning promptly at 10 a.m.


Today’s inactives: RB Jones out, Steven Jackson in

No surprises this morning. Even though Seattle running back Julius Jones was a limited participant in practice for two days, there were concerns about his safety in playing with a bruised lung, so he’s inactive today.

And for St. Louis, even without practicing all week because of back spasms, running back Steven Jackson is active and will start for the Rams.

However, the Rams will be without two starters on the offensive line in Richie Incognito and Jason Smith. Fullback Mike Karney also is inactive. Mark Setterstrom will start at right guard, and Adam Goldberg will move over from right guard to right tackle for Smith.

And for Seattle, Red Bryant (knee) also is inactive today.

Here’s the full list.

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Morning links: Keys to Hawks vs. Rams

Good morning. I’m heading over to the Edward Jones Dome in a few minutes, but wanted to post my keys to the game first, along with a few links from this morning.

Get Forsett some touches: Julius Jones is a game-time decision, but I don’t think he’ll play today. So it will be important to get the ball to Justin Forsett a combined 20 times either on the ground or through the air, and establish a running game to help take some pressure off Matt Hasselbeck.

Better special teams play: The Seahawks need to continue to work for some big plays on special teams in order to create better field position for the offense, so Nate Burleson and Louis Rankin will be important contributors today.

Generate some pass rush: We’ve been saying it every week, but they should get home today against a young, and inexperienced Rams offensive line. Seattle had two sacks early against Minnesota last week, but didn’t get much pressure against Brett Favre after that.

Stop Rams ground game: Whether its Steven Jackson or one of the Rams reserves, the Seahawks need to bottle up the St. Louis run game and force Kyle Boller and the team’s collection of young receivers to beat them through the air.

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The News Tribune NFL Rankings — Week 12

This week I’ve got Seattle ranked 26th overall, so lets see if they can start climbing up the rankings in the next six weeks.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks the Seahawks 25th overall. ESPN puts Seattle at 25th overall.

Don Banks at Sports Illustrated ranks the Seahawks 28th overall. And Clifton Brown of the Sporting News also puts Seattle at 28th overall.

On another note, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Rams promoted rookie running back Chris Ogbonnaya to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday, fueling speculation that starting running back Steven Jackson, who missed practice all week with back spasms, might not play on Sunday.

If Jackson can’t go, Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado likely would get the carries for St. Louis.

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Friday practice report: RB Jones a game-time decision

Seahawks running back Julius Jones again was a limited participant in practice for a second straight day on Friday. After practice, Jones said it will be up to the trainers to determine if he can play on Sunday against St. Louis, wanting to make sure that he can safely play with the bruised lung injury

“I’m leaving it in their hands,” Jones said “They know what’s best with something like that you have to be careful with. So I’m going to leave it up to them.”

Jones said he’s had torn rib cartilage before, but nothing like the internal injury he has now.

“It’s kind of rare for football,” he said.

If Jones can’t go, then reserve running back Justin Forsett will get his second start of the season. However, Mora reiterated that when Jones returns he will remain the starter for Seattle.

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