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Mora press conference: Mission accomplished

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm with 64 Comments »
November 29, 2009 3:42 pm

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.

“I think it’s critically important at this stage of our development that we create the mindset that we’re going to finish hard, no matter what the situation is,” Mora said. “Whether we’re behind or ahead, that’s the mental toughness that we need to continue to work on developing. And the only way you work on it and develop it, is when you get into a game like this, you’ve got to keep pulling it out of them. And that’s my job, is to keep pulling it out of them. Whether we’re behind or ahead, it’s just ask for more. So that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

In some ways, it was a weird game. The Rams led in total yardage (364-265), total plays (78-57) and time of possession (33:32 to 26:28), but you never sensed they had a chance to win today.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a season-low 102 yards passing, but the Seahawks got the running game going, rushing for a total of 170 yards on the ground, with Justin Forsett leading the way, rushing for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

“Really what we’re happy about is I think this can give our offensive line a lot of confidence,” Hasselbeck said. “They’re a group that’s kind of gotten beat up a little bit. When we’re not running the ball well, the first place they blame or point to is the O-line, and that’s unfair. Those guys have been working hard so, it was good to see them get excited and run the ball.”

Hasselbeck said on the fourth-and-1 play at the beginning of the fourth quarter, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp had a play-action pass called, but after Mora talked to the offensive line to get them fired up, Knapp switched to a run instead, and Forsett got 11 yards on the play.

Forsett scored two plays later on a two-yard plunge.

Linebacker Aaron Curry also played better today, finishing with five tackles, including two for a loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass defensed. Curry, who coming into the contest only had nine tackles in his last, three games, seemed to play with more emotion in this one.

“You felt his presence a little bit more,” Mora said.

Curry found himself jawing with Rams Steven Jackson again. The two also got into in the first game between the two teams at Qwest Field, with Jackson throwing a punch at Curry at the end of the first half.

“I don’t think he likes me,” Curry said about Jackson. “For some reason, half the stuff he says to me I can’t remember. I just don’t think he likes me.

“I guess it’s like a battle of respect and being a rookie I just don’t see myself backing down. The first time I played him he verbally assaulted me, but he’s a good dude. I don’t know what his intensions are, but I think it’s like, who’s going to loss their cool first, and it isn’t going to be me.

“I respect him as a running back. I respect him for how he runs the ball, but everyone has to understand that we’re all grown men out here and nobody’s going to back from any human being. That’s just not what I was taught.”

Some tidbits

*Seattle kicker Olindo Mare tied a franchise record, making his 16th straight field goal this season. Mare hasn’t missed since missing two field goals in a Chicago game earlier this year, with Mora critising Mare’s performance after the game as unacceptable. Mare now shares the record with Todd Peterson (1999) and Josh Brown (2004).

“The guy responded like a champion to the criticism that I leveled at him,” Mora said about Mare.

* Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh finished with just two receptions for 14 yards, and didn’t get his first catch until 7:41 left in the third quarter. It’s Housh’s lowest reception total in a game for the season. Houshmandzadeh was targeted six times.

* Hasselbeck threw for a season-low 102 yards and no touchdowns, finishing with a 65.8 passer rating.

* Jordan Babineaux earned his nickname today, finishing with a team-high 12 tackles, an interception, a quarterback hurry and two passes defensed.

* Seattle finished with four sacks today, with one each by David Hawthorne, Patrick Kerney, Leroy Hill and Cory Redding.

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  1. YEEEAAAAH WE BEAT THE RAMS YEAH! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

    I thought the mission was the playoffs?

  2. At this point, you may as well call that Mission Impossible.

  3. Please tell me he didn’t say “Mission Accomplished.”

  4. Matt says:
    “Really what we’re happy about is I think this can give our offensive line a lot of confidence,” Hasselbeck said. “They’re a group that’s kind of gotten beat up a little bit. When we’re not running the ball well, the first place they blame or point to is the O-line, and that’s unfair. Those guys have been working hard so, it was good to see them get excited and run the ball.”

    Of coarse that’s what he’s going to say. He’s a leader. But we’re not stupid and we have eyes for ourselves and our OL is normally unbelieveably terrible and routinely get their asses kicked.

    When the RB is busy getting killed 2 yards in our backfield, all too often, I’m not sure where they blame would go if it wasn’t on the OL?

    Mora says:
    “I think it’s critically important at this stage of our development that we create the mindset that we’re going to finish hard, no matter what the situation is,” Mora said. “Whether we’re behind or ahead, that’s the mental toughness that we need to continue to work on developing. And the only way you work on it and develop it, is when you get into a game like this, you’ve got to keep pulling it out of them. And that’s my job, is to keep pulling it out of them. Whether we’re behind or ahead, it’s just ask for more. So that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

    No crap? Players should know situations. It’s the coaches jobs to make sure they understand. When there were a few minutes remaining, I felt good, but the game wasn’t over but this is something teams need to premeditate (you can certainly tell teams like Indy and NE do this)… understanding situations like these before they happen. Mora shouldn’t be running around on the sidelines like it’s a new development that the game isn’t over. Sure, he should be running around giving reminders, but he insinuated that he was making sure they knew (ie – hadn’t gone over it properly beforehand). I could be wrong, wouldn’t be a first, but if not, this is appaling.

    “Mission Complete” is winning a Super Bowl.

  5. “Acccomplished” or whatever.

  6. anybody else just see Vince Young lead his team 99 yds on the final drive to win it against AZ? Game came down to a 4th and goal from the 10 with 6 seconds left, and he found his guy in the end zone. The guy has some magic. And I’d thought his career was over and done. Good news if you’re a Titans fan.

    Another HUGE day for Favre too – crazy that he’s having the best season of his career at this age . . .

  7. pdway, that’s why I’m concerned about hasselbecks health at this age/point in career.

  8. Playoffs? Playoffs?!!! …

  9. lol I wasn’t saying seattle is going to make the playoffs, but beating the rams is hardly a mission.

  10. Favre has never had as good of offensive playmakers, and line, around him before either. Sydney Rice is better than any of our WRs. Percy Harvin is more elusive and dangerous than anyone we have. Bernard Berrian signed a huge $48 or something million deal and he’s a deep threat #3 WR (whereas our overpriced #3 WR is terrible and we gave up a #1 for him). He’s got a very good TE (seemyweinerdo) and the best blocking TE in the NFL (JimmyK) and a very, very good offensive line led by a future Hall of Famer still in the prime of his career. If that isn’t enough, add on the best offensive player in the NFL with Adrian Peterson, and a very good second stringer in Chester Taylor. With talent like that, it’s not overly surprising. Matt would be doing the same thing, or close to it.

    How terrible must Tavaris Jackson have been not to be able to lead most of that team deep into the play-offs last year? Granted, Rice had nagging injuries, and Harvin wasn’t there yet, but still…

  11. yep, anybody that thinks that guy wearing #8 today looked like Matt Hasselbeck hasn’t been around he the past few years.

    Mat had no arm the past few weeks. Did his arm lose strength after his broken ribs? Will this improve with healing and offseason rest? Or is this how we can expect Matt’s arm to look next year? If the latter, we need to find our QB of the future in a hurry.

  12. And, no, the Packer team he won the SB with weren’t as good/talented as this Vikings offense.

  13. Stevos – his arm has been like that since he injured his shoulder a few games back when he made that tackle from his INT (can’t remember which game).

  14. Jimmy wants to sugarcoat this win and save his and Ruskell’s Job. Well Jimmy, the fans are not stupid. You just beat a bangup Rams team without the starting QB, LT, and a few other players, and you want us to believe that we are headed in the right direction? If you truly believe we are heading in the right direction, you either;

    a) Don’t know which direction is the right direction
    b) You are a moron
    c) All of the above

  15. bulldog80 says:

    Beating the 1 and 9 Rams, and not convincingly, is “getting off the snide”? Is he stupid or just naive?

  16. “Favre has never had as good of offensive playmakers, and line, around him before either. Sydney Rice is better than any of our WRs. Percy Harvin is more elusive and dangerous than anyone we have. Bernard Berrian signed a huge $48 or something million deal and he’s a deep threat #3 WR (whereas our overpriced #3 WR is terrible and we gave up a #1 for him). He’s got a very good TE (seemyweinerdo)”

    Well, some of those GB teams had some nice weapons, Freeman, Chmura, Levens, I’m probably forgetting others. Minny is actually middle of the pack in rushing offense (i was surprised when I saw that too) – and Favre is having a bettter season at 40 years of age, than he ever had in his prime. I’m not particularly a fan of his, but tt’s pretty unprecedented.

  17. Re Matt – I’m not seeing this loss of arm strength – unless you’re saying he’s just not even trying to get passes into places that are marginally open. Sometimes that’s literally off the tv screen, and hard to know about if they don’t show it.

    I don’t see his passes falling short or hanging in the air – the picks he’s thrown seem to be about other issues, but not balls hanging too long.

    It is definitely true though, that we don’t try many (any) real deep throws – but seems that could justifiably be explained by a lack of trust that our line can hold them off long enough for our wideouts to get downfield.

  18. BobbyK: That sounds right about Matt’s shoulder, I remember that tackle. But I wish we knew the real truth about his health prospects. I’m sure the team won’t talk about this, but internally it has to be a major factor in planning the offseason.

  19. How reliable of a source is profootballweekly.com? I only ask because of this: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2009/11/29/source-seahawks-gm-ruskell-wont-return

  20. Levens as a RB cannot compare to Adrian Peterson. Chewey was a good TE and probably better than the Weiner. Freeman was good… but today Favre has 2 Freeman WRs. Sterling Sharpe was good, but that was before the GB offense had a lot of other good players too. Nor did the GB OLs have a Hutch. Not taking anything away from the guy, because he has done a marvelous job, but he’s been able to do it because of the talent too.

  21. For the record, I dont lend much credence to “inside sources”..

  22. Stevos – I agree. My hope is that it’ll heal with rest in the off-season. I noticed it last week during warm-ups. There just didn’t seem to be a “zing” on the ball. I thought his arm had been fine before the tackle, so there’s hope for a good recovery. I hope.

  23. Here are the starting QBs I would take Hasselbeck over:

    Chad Henne
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Brady Quinn
    JaMarcus Ruskell/Gradoski
    Jason Campbell
    Jake Delhomme
    Alex Smith
    Marc Bulger

    Who am I missing? The question I ask to compare is, “Which QB can I better build an offense with that can succeed at an NFL level?”

  24. freedom_X says:

    Pro Football Weekly is a pretty reliable source. They are more journalistically oriented than most places. The top rumor-mongers and scoop artists, like a Jay Glazer or Adam Schefter, don’t hang out in the media-deprived Northwest, so they might not hear of this. A Clayton or Sando won’t publish a rumor (or indeed the local beat writers.)

    I’d be excited about the rumor because it fits in with my own scenario of how that would play out. They’d let Ruskell know privately he’s done, and put out the feelers for candidates. It’s late enough in the season that they’re not disrespecting Ruskell by letting him twist in the wind, and gives him a jump on finding new employment as well.

    But they’ll wait until they have a candidate signed, sealed, and delivered, to fire Ruskell or announce he won’t be re-signed when the end of the season rolls around, whichever comes first.

  25. elkhorn,

    Man, I hope the article comes true. This is the only thing which would make me happy. Ruskell must go, he has done enough.

  26. MadSweeney42 says:

    Jamarcus Russell?!

    Jamarcus Russell?!

    You can’t possibly expect anyone to take that list seriously with Russell on it.

  27. Ok so I guess you would take Russell over Hasselbeck – I wouldn’t.

  28. Dukeshire says:

    elkhorn – Two things about that PFW; 1 – It was written by PFW staff, not a specific person. That makes me very skeptical they have any “inside” information. 2 – They list Gruden as someone who is “biding his time”. He just signed a 2 year extension with ESPN. I don’t put a lot of stock into that article.

  29. I would put Orton, Sanchez, Gerard and who ever was QB in Buffalo, on that list.

  30. Is anyone watching Michael Oher? Man, I truly thought Seahawks will take him. Thanks Ruskell.

  31. Was that a type? I hope this is a list of guys who you wouldn’t take over Hass? Russel? Campbell? Delhomme? Oh, my.

    Chad Henne
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Brady Quinn
    JaMarcus Ruskell/Gradoski
    Jason Campbell
    Jake Delhomme
    Alex Smith
    Marc Bulger

  32. Like I said, I’ll believe it when I see it, inside sources be damned.

  33. We are about 143 days, 20 hours, and 30 minutes from the draft.

  34. Audible. I think I wrote it correctly,

    “Here are the starting QBs I would take Hasselbeck over:”

    I want Hasselbeck instead of these stiffs. I want all the other starting QBs not listed here instead of Hasselbeck.

  35. Holmgren was moonlighting as a GM when they had both positions…it would be interesting to see how well he would do if he concentrated all of his energies on the GM position. The thing about Holmgren is he’s demanding and he knows what a superbowl team looks like because he has been down that road a bunch of times with several different teams.

    If Allen does bring Holmgren back, I wonder if he would retain Mora, Knapp, and Co.?!

  36. I still have trouble seeing how hasselbeck is the problem… we need a damn offensive line and we need it this off season. We have better receivers than Minnesota does, remember how they tried to get housh, and we stole burleson?

    We have a half decent set of running backs behind an offensive line made of tissue paper.

  37. We won a game today and, as a Seahawks fan, I still feel demoralized.

  38. chuck_easton says:

    I don’t get everyone on here. Seattle WON the game by 10 points. Don’t any of you realize that every single pundit outside of Seattle picked the Rams to win?

    A win is a win is a win. Enjoy them.

    We can worry about the next game next week.

  39. And the Fartinals lost…that’s like a win and a half. Eat, drink, be merry!

  40. mkelly534 says:

    If Holmgren comes back, I believe Mora will leave pretty soon. He would get a chance to see if they could work together but I would think the egos would be a problem. I believe that Jim Mora would be an outstanding college coach. he has the youth and personality that could do well in recruiting which is where games are really won. Just saying.

    Also I think PFW has one of the better staffs around. I would give lots of credence to what I read there. If the smoke keeps billowing around this Ruskell/Holmgren thing it is because there is a fire in there somewhere. If it is not true then the Seahwak organization will deny it publicy. Awful quiet in Hawktown.

  41. I like to hear what softy has to say tomorrow on KJR. I like softy, he is smart. Demands alot from Seahawks org, and he does not like Rusasskell.

  42. MadSweeney42 says:

    Sorry, I saw an imaginary “n’t” there and thought that many of the QBs there were young enough and average enough to possibly be made serviceable here to a pessimistic fan and got all confused.

  43. pabuwal,

    My apologies….You usually have sensible things to say, so that list seemed really odd coming from you and completely out of character.

  44. At least if Holmy takes over he won’t be in any hurry to get rid of Matt, unlike a new GM who’ll want “his” guys.

  45. StevenMunn says:

    From what im hearing, GM Ruskell is out in Seattle. I dont believe it until it is confirmed.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/11/29/report-ruskell-wont-return-to-seattle/

  46. sugashack says:

    Please do not bring Holmgren back. Loved him when he was here but let’s let that era end and start a new one. You have to think having Paul Allen as an owner would attract some pretty good GM talent.

  47. There is certainly enough basis for Ruskell to not get renewed:

    * He spent his entire tenure constructing this defense. This defense has essentially been intact from 2007-2009, has been relatively free of injuries and has been awful every year. 2007 was a mirage because of the UFL QB talent they faced. We have a 3 year body of work to evaluate his strength and it has been a major failure.

    * The offense has sunk to franchise low levels. Whether it is the QB, the OL, Julius Jones, Greg Knapp or Housh complaining for PI calls while the play is going towards him, something is very wrong here. It is probably a little of everything. This is his offense and it is the bottom of the barrel, with injuries or no injuries.

    * He has not had to do a salary dump like the Bucs and has been given every tool needed to accomplish these results.

    These are franchise worst years and performances each week. The team has won 8 games the past 2 years, 5 of them against 2 of the worst NFL teams in NFL history. That is the only thing stopping them from sinking lower than the Flores years.

    How much more evidence is needed here?

  48. Southendzone says:

    Good logical post Pabuwal. Agree 100%. This franchise deserves to have a top notch GM running the show. I want someone who’s considered a savant level type of football genius by his peers. Like a grand-master of chess but for football. Tim Ruskell is no where near this caliber. Now is the time for a big time upgrade.

  49. How did Ruskell get hired in the first place? Did Allen find him on Monster.com? Who were the other candidates?

  50. The way for Ruskell to keep his job is for the offense to show tremendous improvement with a young, growing QB and for the team to win 4-6 of the final 6 games with the young QB. This was similar to 2002 with Holmgren when Hasselbeck replaced Dilfer. It won’t happen, but it’s one of the few ways.

  51. so if the season ended today we would draft 8th and 24th (roughly looking at tie breakers)

    so there we go

  52. I sure hope the 2 stories are true!!!!!!

    Someone mentioned on the NBC story that Ron Wolf is available. IF Holmgren would be willing to just coach again, how about pairing those 2 …… Wouldn’t that be awesome!!!

  53. After he threw Holmy under the bus and said it was his fault the Packers lost the Super Bowl to the Broncos… well, I don’t think it would be a fond reunion for those two Green Bay colleagues.

    I’m having a brain fart, can anyone help me? What were the lessons Holmy said he had learned from being a GM the first time around?

    Did he say he’d go after defense in the draft and build a team with offensive FAs, or did he say the opposite? I can’t remember, and it’s making me mad. Duke — where are you?

  54. One more thought re Wolf & Holmgren: Zorn will likely get fired at the end of the season by Washington. How about having him back as either QB coach or O coordinator considering his success with both Hass & Holmgren.

    I know I’m fantasizing, but the above combo would get us back in SB contention fairly quickly.

  55. BobbyK, I wasn’t aware there was bad blood between the 2. Oh well, there goes my fantasy………

  56. Ruskell must go. Enough is enough. With the type of money Mr. Allen spends on this team, I am piss8d, and heck, it is not even my money. I would have done much better job than Ruskell, and I have never even played football. Micheal Oher anyone,…I was calling his name way before the draft. Yet ruskell, picks a LB, like we needed another LB?

  57. Thanks Chuck, you’re absolutely right.

  58. hawkforever21 says:

    Holmgren said that he would draft defensive players, and sign offensive FA’s, as defense was more reactionary, and there was more learning involved on the offensive side of the ball………or something like that.

  59. My guess is if Holmy dont keep Mora he will go for zorn as OC or even HC if he dont take Haskell as HC.

  60. Dukeshire says:

    Moo – There were some personnel issues between Wolf and Homgren as well, but this gives you some idea about their riff.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/9406-ron-wolf-regrets-taking-shot-at-mike-holmgren

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