Well, as you can imagine the Seahawks were not in a very talkative mood after this one. I actually got my first “no comment” from a couple players today, which kind of let’s you know how things are going for the team right now.
Most of the questions centered on Matt Hasselbeck and the team’s effort overall in a game where they got pummeled 48-10, and for the third straight game just did not compete for large stretches of the contest.
If not for the late, 16-yard touchdown pass by tight end John Carlson from Hasselbeck, this would have been the worst loss in franchise history, eclipsing Seattle’s 51-7 loss to Dallas on Nov. 27, 1980, a Thanksgiving Day affair.
Mora again defended his team’s overall effort.
“I will say this: I know the score doesn’t necessarily look like it, but I felt like the guys continued to have a good attitude and fight and play hard, on both sides of the football,” Mora said.
“My message to the team was this: This is tough. This is really difficult. Those guys work year round at their craft to come out here 16 times a year, and that’s the only time they get to display it in competition and it’s been a struggle this year.”
“We have to look at ourselves and make sure we’re doing all we can individually and being honest with ourselves about where we are and who we are, and then we have to stick together and continue to work hard. And if we can do those things, then we will get it fixed. It’s not easy. It’s hard.”
Hasselbeck was awful for a second straight game, finishing 19 of 37 for 198 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions for a 36.6 passer rating. And his performance comes off a four-interception effort against Tampa Bay last week where he finished with a 45.2 passer rating. It’s the worst, two-game stretch of Hasselbeck’s 11-year career.
Before the past two games, Hasselbeck had one game with four interceptions in his first 10 years in the league.
So what’s going on with Hasselbeck?
“I’m confident in Matt,” Mora said. “And I know he’s not happy with his performance in the last, couple weeks. But we’ll look at his body of work and see where we think he’s headed and talk to him. But that will come later.”
Mora said the coaching staff evaluated Hasselbeck’s turnovers last week, and some of them were instances where he was forcing the issue and trying to make things happen where there wasn’t anything there maybe.
For his part, Hasselbeck said he has to take better care of the ball.
“I don’t know. There’s definitely – especially with the last two (interceptions) – there’s definitely an element of forcing things,” he said. “But I think with the first one you’ve got to be just so careful, and you’ve got to be so protective of that football.
“And I don’t know, sometimes the good can outweigh the bad. Sometimes I’ve seen quarterbacks throw a lot of picks, yet they play really well elsewhere and overcome it. And I didn’t do that. I didn’t play well enough to overcome it.”
Asked if he considered taking Hasselbeck out at any point during the game, Mora said that he wouldn’t be telling the truth if that didn’t cross his mind, but that he still believes the veteran quarterback gives this team the best chance for a successful play on offense.
Asked is he believes that Hasselbeck is still the best, long-term answer at quarterback for this franchise, Mora said that’s something he wants to wait to talk about once the season is over and he’s had time to evaluate his overall performance.
“I don’t want to speculate on that,” Mora said. “There’s so many things to look at and evaluate. I want to concentrate on trying to finish out at home with a win against the Titans. That’s what I want to try and do.”
Mora said Julius Jones re-aggravated his rib late and he injured his ankle as well. Josh Wilson suffered a hip pointer and could not return after being evaluated at halftime. Mike Hass suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the game. However, the trainers did strap him up and he went out and played. Mora said he does not know what the Oregon State product’s status will be for next week, and that he could need surgery at the end of the season to fix the issue.
* Seattle actually ran the ball OK, particularly in the first quarter, finishing with 115 yards on 29 carries for an average of 4 yards a pop. Justin Forsett led Seattle with 70 yards on 14 carries.
* Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in his first two seasons as a starter.
* Seattle lost the turnover battle again, forcing no turnovers and with Hasselbeck throwing four picks. Seattle’s now -9 in terms of turnover ratio on the year.
* Seattle managed its first sack in three games, a shared sack by Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson in the first quarter. Tapp, who Rodgers accused of biting him last year, did the Florida Gator chomp after the play.
* Seattle finished with eight penalties for 86 yards.
* The Seahawks were 0 for 2 inside the red zone.
* Will Herring led the team in tackles with five solo and three assists for a total of eight.