Seahawks head coach Jim Mora talked for about 40 minutes during his end-of-the-season press conference. He said no coaching changes will be made at this time, and that the coaching staff will take the next, few days off before coming back to the facility and evaluating last year’s season and deciding what changes need to be made.
Mora also said that he’s uncertain if he will have any say into the GM search, stating that he had to talk to CEO Tod Leiweke about that before talking about what his role in that process will be.
Although Mora seemed to hint that the only people he will answer to is owner Paul Allen and Leiweke.
Asked point blank if he will be back next season as the team’s head coach, Mora had this to say.
“I’m just proceeding forward with our evaluation process. I haven’t talked to Tod in a day. You know, Tod’s busy with some other things right now. But I’m not too worried about it. I’m just going to go work until I’m told not to work.”
Mora said safety Deon Grant (wrist), Mike Hass (shoulder) and Patrick Kerney (elbow) will have off-season surgery. This is the third straight season Kerney will have surgery after the season is over. He had shoulder surgery after the 2007 and 08 seasons.
Asked if there were going to be wholesale changes to the roster, Mora said that’s something that he cannot answer until a general manager is in place.
“I think it would be premature for me to make that statement,” Mora said. “We don’t have a general manager in place yet. And I think that’s an important discussion that takes place when a general manager is in place. So to be fair to your question I just can’t say that.”
Mora went on to say that although the team does not have a general manager is in place, the organization will continue to function and do the things they need to do to get better.
Asked to name a few things from the 2009 season that he could hang his hat on for next season, Mora pointed to the defense’s play in the final game against Tennessee, the improvement of the running game and the special teams play of kicker Olindo Mare and punter Jon Ryan as places where the team showed progress.
Mora also was asked about the development of the relationship between quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
“I think he and Matt grew to respect – and I’m speaking as I see it – to respect and like each other,” he said. “I know they do things off the field together. Their kids are friends.
“What I think needs to happen there quite frankly is this: I think that Matt and T.J. need to spend countless hours out on that practice field – outside or inside – and they need to find four routes that our automatic.”
I’ll have more later.