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Mora press conference: A little holiday cheer

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 23, 2009 at 11:00 am with 26 Comments »
December 23, 2009 12:06 pm

Some of the reporters who regularly cover the team, led by Everett Herald reporter John Boyle, pitched in and got Seahawks head coach Jim Mora a visor from Long Beach State baseball’s program, which is informally nicknamed the Dirt Bags, in honor of his comments last week for the holiday season

Mora then proceeded to tell us that he received a box on Monday from a record company in San Diego called Dirt Bags records. The record company sent him some hats, stickers and key chains with the company’s logo on them.

“If you see the offensive linemen walking around with hats, that’s where they’re from,” Mora said. “I’ll say this: The way they played on Sunday was much more like the way we want them to play. And so that gives us cause for hope, and was good sign that came out of an otherwise dismal day.”

As far as the injuries, Mora announced that Jeff Robinson has replaced Kevin Houser as the team’s long snapper. Houser suffered a collapsed lung in Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, but is out of the hospital and at home with his family now.

Aaron Curry is doubtful for Sunday’s game, which means Will Herring will likely start at outside backer. Curry hasn’t gotten back the strength in his left shoulder to allow him to return to practice.

Receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) remains doubtful for Sunday’s game, although he is out of the boot. Deion Branch will continue to start in his place.

Running back Julius Jones (ribs) will not practice today because he’s still sore, but should be available for the game Mora said Jones will probably practice on Thursday.

Receiver Ben Obomanu (hamstring) will do some special teams, but right now is questionable for Sunday.

Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh returned from former teammate Chris Henry’s funeral this morning at 5 a.m. and made it over to the facility to attend this morning’s meetings.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    That’s kind of funny, I must admit. As far as the o line playing better, if they keep Matt clean against the Packers I’d be far more inclined to call it progress. Not sure Tampa is the best measuring stick. But you take positives wherever you can, at this point.

  2. BethanyW says:

    We’re at the point where a former Seahawk tight end is our starting outside linebacker? Wow we have hit rock bottom. Maybe not quite so much if it’s Will Herring ;P

  3. My bad. It’s been corrected.

  4. The Bucs didn’t blitz much, they played a lot of coverage which is why it “appeared” the OL played better.

    They can handle one on one matchups, they just can’t figure out how to pickup the blitz.

  5. Eric Williams:My bad. It’s been corrected.

    But you neglected to correct the part where Mora says that the Seahawks O-Line played the way he wants them to play in last Sunday’s game. That’s got to be a typo.

  6. Seahawks2620 says:

    You guys may disagree with me and that’s OK, but I feel like we should go with Gerald McCoy with our first pick if he is there. Brandon Mebane and Gerald McCoy could be pretty beast, and we straight up need to get pressure on the QB. We have so many needs, that it honestly doesn’t even matter where we start. Our inability to put any pressure on the opposing QB is just as bad as the inability to keep Hasselbeck off of his back. If we don’t trade for Suh as Brock and Salk suggested, then McCoy is the guy we should take. There are some pretty good offensive linemen that are hitting free agency this off season that we can sign. Obviously, just because there out there doesn’t mean that they are going to want to sign here, but they will be there. As for the draft, there really aren’t that many elite offensive tackles coming out. With our second first round pick, I believe we should probably grab Taylor Mays. If not, then we should grab Terrence Cody if he is there. I know that we have dedicated sooooooooo many draft picks to the defensive line, but we have to continue to do so until our dumb ass organization picks up some legit guys. McCoy and obviously Suh are those guys. We have to fix this crap man.

  7. Seahawks2620 says:

    This is another comment where it’s very very open to criticism, but I feel that we could possibly package Tatupu (yes Lofa) with our first first round pick to move up and get Suh. If that is indeed what this organization wants to do, this guy will be a beast. It would be very very hard for anyone in the league to run on us with a Suh or McCoy/Cody/Mebane rotation up the middle. I just want to see us put the opposing QB on the damn ground consistently. I wish so badly that we had the Williams twins on our team when watching the Vikings. Cody and Suh could very well be that.

  8. “They can handle one on one matchups, they just can’t figure out how to pickup the blitz”

    I think that’s too kind – I’ve seen Willis beaten by his man on the pass rush MANY a time this year – Locklear too, not as often, but still too frequent for a starting LT.

    Unless Walt makes a miraculous return, I don’t see much choice but to pick the best LT available, plant him there, and move Lock back to RT.

    I know it’s arguably not the most pressing need – but if we used the second #1 on a RB or WR, at this point, I’d be happy about that too. When I watch other teams on Sunday, our team feels real devoid of playmakers.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I’m going to try to keep from getting too carried away with draft talk until at least the Senior Bowl. That said, the only thing I disagree with is the Taylor Mays pick. Athleticism aside, he disappears for quarters, not just plays, at a time. I could see becoming very tired of 15 yard penalties for helmet to helmet, late hits and unnecessary roughness very quickly. This team not only needs aggression but discipline too.

  10. Seahawks2620 says:

    I can agree with that on all levels. I picked Mays for our second pick because his shine is going away for all of the reasons that you listed. I just felt like his athletic ability was so good that we should take a risk on him and see if we can hold his outbursts to a minimum. Remember, it was just last year that some people believed that he would be a top 5 pick haha. This team just needs that play maker at Safety and Deon Grant/Babs do not supply that like we though they would. Mays obviously has the size, speed, and hard hitting aggressiveness that this team could use. I don’t know, it’s just a thought.

  11. Seahawks2620 says:

    Overall, we just need that guy in the middle that intimidates and makes a receiver flinch or think twice about going over the middle.

  12. seahawklovertoo says:

    Duke , ditto on that. We have discussed before about the coming safeties. I’d pass on Mays all together. I don’t like Berry either. The only safeties I like are Rolle ( I always liked FSUs corners and safeties) and Pat Chung from NE.

  13. seahawklovertoo says:

    I mean, I like talking about the next draft even more than other people, but who knows what will the next GM chose….. We can drool and foam from the mouth all we want — none of it will matter.
    Yet, I would love to have Suh !!!!! The way things are developing lately, (as much are we’ve been losing ) maybe our two first rounders for Suh and a second rounder might be to much to give. We will draft between 4th and 7th, so …….. but, I’d give any two players (minus : Mebane, Wilson and Curry) plus swap
    any of our picks for a chance at Suh.
    For all we know, Holmgren might make us a deal for Hass as well ???

  14. HawkSoop says:

    pdway says, “When I watch other teams on Sunday, our team feels real devoid of playmakers.”

    You are right on. The ‘Hawks are completely devoid of playmakers. Offensively the ‘Hawks have not drafted or signed via free agency anyone that could even be kind of considered a playmaker. In a very traditional West Coast offense (such as the one Holmgren ran) a team does not need guys that are a threat to score every time they touch the ball. WCO is build on consistent short to medium gains and as such needs receivers (WR, TE & RB) that can run crisp, well timed routes and secure the ball when it gets to them.

    Knapp’s offense seems built to primarily not lose ground and occasionally spring a huge play. It requires dynamic playmakers that the ‘Hawks simply do not have. Think of all the plays this season that looked like fantastic play calls, but Matt’s pass was out of reach or underthrown, and all the times J Jones didn’t see the gaping cutback lane, or Forsett looked like he was going for six only to be run down from behind.

    Housh runs good routes, has pretty good hands and is good in traffic. He is not and never has been the guy that runs away from defenders. Burleson used to be that guy (when he was playing for Minnesota), but is certainly not that guy now, he runs bad routes has very good hands and above average vision (though at times it seems he doesn’t have the quickness to exploit the lanes he does see). Branch is.. undersized, not quick enough and scared of contact, but he used to be very quick and ran great routes and exploited his quickness to produce great YAC.

    J Jones has terrible vision for the holes as running back and is therefore worse than his talent dictates. Forsett has fantastic vision but isn’t fast enough to capitalize. Both seem to run with pretty good toughness.

    An above average to good offensive line would mask all of the lack of explosiveness, unfortunately the ‘Hawks have a distinctly below average offensive line. This is a bit of a rambling post, but my point is that while we do not have any fantastic playmakers our offense is not as far off (personnel wise) as it might seem. A good to great LT and an above average RT would have this offense looking pretty good as long as they weren’t trying to score a lot of points in a short amount of time.

  15. One thing that scares me about McCoy is that he seems to be a guy who is going to be a great player or he’s going to be a bust. From what I’ve seen of him, I don’t really see a gray area. I don’t think he’ll be an above average player. IMO it’ll either be feast or famine. You all know how I feel about Suh. And Taylor Mays scares me too.

  16. “Yet, I would love to have Suh !!!!! The way things are developing lately, (as much are we’ve been losing ) maybe our two first rounders for Suh and a second rounder might be to much to give. We will draft between 4th and 7th, so …….. but, I’d give any two players (minus : Mebane, Wilson and Curry) plus swap any of our picks for a chance at Suh.”

    I’ve never even seen the guy play – but can tell from the way momentum is going that there’s no way a team is going to trade away the right to pick this guy. Unless he bombs at the draft camps – i’m thinking he might be the #1 overall, right?

  17. seahawklovertoo says:

    After Bosworth debacle , I would not take anyone from Oklahoma before the fourth round. I don’t trust anyone from that school !!!
    Folks, I watch about 15 college games from Big12 every year ( this year more than normal b/c of BKs love for Suh). This is my observation : I think there is an agreement in that conference that they MUST have an representative in the Championship game every year (mainly UT or OU) , and if one of this two goes down early ( like Oklahoma did this year to BYU) then the refs will be biased towards the U of Texas. I must admit the Texas vs. Nebraska game was called so-so fair, the other Texas games were very much called in favor of UofTexas.
    If You don’t believe me, pay attention next year.
    Knowing this, I would stay away from anyone from UT or OU. Those players are NOT as great as their schools results may suggest. I’d “kill” for Suh or, Okung.

  18. seahawklovertoo says:

    pdway, bro he is that good. This (2010) is the best draft in more than a decade, if not ever and there are about 50 top shelf seniors ,plus about 25-30 juniors coming out early as well. There will be (normal year )1st round quality all the way to the middle of the 3rd round… and the best player by far is Suh !!!!

  19. Soggybuc says:

    I dont think we should trade or package anything because we have 2 many weak spots to fix and 2 good picks in round one will help far more than Suh alone. yes the guy is super good but we need to fox the O line first and are in need of DE’s far more than tackles.

    it’s going to take 2 drafts and FA periods to get back to play off contention wich is why you give Mora another year and the new GM 2 years to stock talent so the coach in 2011 will have far more to work with.

  20. Could someone please enlighten me on the love for Mebane. I just don’t see it.

    In all my misery watching the game on Sunday I sent a lot of time watching 1-1 match ups with our OL and DL play. Very rarely did we EVER win a 1 on 1 match up.

    As a matter of fact on running plays we were regularly stood up at the LOS and has to wait for a LB to come make the stop after a 2-3 yard gain. We need at least one guy that can regularly beat that and attract a double or make a hit in the backfield. Late in the game when they had like 4 plays of like 15 yards or better. Not one of our defensive players got more than 1 yard into the backfield. (unless the TB line retreated 2 yards and then made contact. That is where the hawks rush just ended.

    I guess I am totally supporting the idea of getting someone like Suh. But to get him we have to be realistic. We will have to give up both first round picks to get him.

    As much as I would love to be able to give up someone like Lofa and a pick and get him it’s not going to happen.

    How about we all make voodoo dolls of the team that drafts first and curse them until they give us the pick!!!

  21. Which means it really sucks that we traded the first overall pick in the 5th round (’09) and our 7th rounder (’09) and our own 3rd rounder in the upcoming draft to take Bulter, who was selected late in the 3rd round. Our 3rd rounder is probably going to be 6-7th overall. But it doesn’t matter because we don’t have it.

    Under normal circumstances, I don’t think any team would trade the #1 overall pick this year. But with the inflated R year contracts given out, it’s possible economics will allow a team to trade for the #1 overall pick even if it’s not in the best football interests of that franchise.

    As it stands right now, the Rams have that pick. They might trade it b/c they have used #1 picks on DL 2 of the last 3 years and have been burned. Neither has performed like you’d hope for players drafted that highly. But everyone was making fun of the Lions a few years ago because they had taken WRs in the first round for a hundred years in a row, but then they took the BPA (Calvin Johnson) and it certainly turned out well for them.

    Can the Rams really afford to take a top guy with the R salaries that have been paid to the 2nd overall pick the last two years (Long, Smith)? They actively tried trading down the last two years and nobody wanted those picks (could be different with a guy like Suh though). The top of the draft is supposed to help teams, but in the Rams defense, the last few years have been a bit void of supposedly sure fire talent and these stupid salaries are actually hurting them a lot more than they are helping. If we keep drafting this high and keep taking guys like Curry, we’re going to start to feel it, in a negative way, with respect to our salary cap too. I’m not calling Curry a bust (yet) but I think we’ve all been disappointed with what we’ve gotten this year.

    If the Rams do end up “earning” the #1 overall pick… would they really want to face Suh twice in a season? Or would saving millions and millions of dollars be enough to do the trick? The prospects are bleak, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

    After all this was said, they are going to win a game and won’t end up with the first overall pick.

    Another thing — the Bucs loss may have been worse than originally feared. Losing to the Bucs means the Rams could end up with Suh whereas if we could have beaten that 1 win team, if we can’t trade for him, we’d never have to face him. Now, it could be twice per year.

  22. seahawklovertoo says:

    xcman, count me in. LOL

  23. seahawklovertoo says:

    If Ram take a QB, the Lions will not pass on Suh for sure.

  24. Seahawks2620:
    You made a number of good comments, and I like your thinking.

    All except for one thing, the idea of trading Lofa Tatupu just sounds completely backwards to me. The #1 problem with Seattle’s defense this year is that it was lacking Lofa. Yes, our D linemen are overmatched, and yes our Safeties suck. But we had those problems back when Lofa was healthy and yet he managed to keep the defense playing together and hiding those weaknesses. We need help in the middle at DT and S. But mostly, our defense needs Lofa back in the middle.

    As far as the Seahawks drafting Suh… I think he’s as good as gone to the team that picks first. Whomever that #1 pick belongs to, they would be fools to accept Seattle’s two picks (#8 and #20?) in exchange for Suh. Nice idea for us, but I don’t see that happening.

  25. Good to see Mora has some holiday cheer. I’ve been down on him and his coaches lately. But he is a decent guy, a Seattle native, and I’m sure he is in more agony over this season than any of us are.

    Happy Holidays, ya Dirt Bags!


  26. Mebane did better than anyone expected at the 1-tech in ’07 & ’08. Then TR got Cole and Hawks thought that Mebane would be a great Sapp-type 3-tech. He hasn’t picked up all of the hand-slap, rip-through, etc techniques for it to happen yet, but Warren Sapp didn’t blossom there for the 1st 2-3 years that he played for TB, either. As of week 13, among the 83 DTs and NTs that have played 25% of their teams snaps at those positions, Brandon ranks 13th, just ahead of DAL’s Jay Ratliff, and just behind TEN’s Tony Brown. That’s one of the stronger position showings of a Hawks player. Colin Cole ranks 31st.

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