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Wednesday Mora press conference notes

If it’s a Wednesday mid-morning, it means Seahawks head coach Jim Mora is speaking to the media. He didn’t bring the level of Tony Robbins as normal, but he really was never given a question to deliver a few comments of positivity and optimism.

That being said, it’s clear that Mora is upbeat following the win and also about finally getting a game at Qwest Field after three straight games on the road.

Here’ s some highlights from today’s press conference.


DL Cory Redding (concussion) will not practice today.

“He’s cleared up and feeling a lot better, but we’ll see where he’s at by the end of the week,” Mora said.

DL Lawrence Jackson has a groin strain and won’t practice today.

“We’ll give him one more day of rest and treatment, but we expect him to be available on Sunday,” Mora said.

LB DD Lewis sprained a knee and will not practice.

“We’ll see where he is for Sunday.”

RB Julius Jones will practice today, but Mora said nothing about playing Sunday other than that will see where he is later in the week.

Jones is still trying to find his way back into game shape. Yes, he hasn’t been out that long, but it doesn’t take long to get out of shape for professional athletes. Think about how long it took for you to get out of shape. Professional athletes are used to conditioning every day – well all of them but Pork Chop Womack. So Jones’ conditioning level isn’t close to where it was before the injury.

“The intensity of a game is different than practice, it’s different than being in the weight room or running extra sprints so that something that you certainly have to be aware of,” Mora said.

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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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Mora press conference: Hasselbeck takes shot to throat; Jones has bruised lung

Count Seahawks head coach Jim Mora as a follower of the golden rule.

Asked about the end of the play in the second quarter of Sunday’s game where after a sack by teammate Clark Haggans, Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett squashed Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s throat with his elbow, Mora said if it isn’t against the rules, then his players should be doing it to.

Mora said he turned in 17 plays to the NFL officiating office on Monday, which he said is probably three times as many as he has turned in for any game during his four years as a head coach. And one of the plays he turned in included Dockett’s elbow to the throat.

Dockett was not called for a penalty on the play. He did earn a personal foul call later in the game on a face mask when tackling Justin Forsett.

“I don’t like when it’s our quarterback, but if they’re not going to call it then I’d like to see our guys do it to their quarterback,” Mora said. “If they’re not going to call it. I don’t know what the rule is. I haven’t heard back yet, so I don’t know what they’re seeing there. But if that’s not going to be called, then we should be doing it.”

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Mora press conference: A heightened sense of urgency

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the team will have some players limited today in practice. And they will include quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who banged his shoulder against Detroit on Sunday.

Mora said Hasselbeck’s shoulder was sore going into the game, which was further aggravated when he made the tackle on the interception on the first offensive play of the game against Detroit.

However, Mora reiterated that Hasselbeck will play on Sunday.

Mora said the fact that injuries were minor and everyone will again be available for the second straight week is a positive for the organization.

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Mora Monday press conference: RB Jones gets game ball

On the injury front, Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the team came through the game OK, and by Thursday everyone should be practicing. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck banged up his shoulder, and Mora said he had to manage his way through the game, hence the awkward throws and lack of deep balls on Sunday.

“He fought his way through it, and it was pretty impressive,” Mora said. “But his shoulder is sore.”

Mora went on to say that Hasselbeck probably will not start on Wednesday, and perhaps limit his throws on Thursday and Friday. Mora did say Hasselbeck will play on Sunday.

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Mora press conference: OT Locklear takes field

Here’s some notes from Jim Mora’s Wednesday press conference.

The biggest question will be is to see how Sean Locklear reacts to practicing for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain.  He’ll be limited in practice, but he will be out there.

“I need to see him function at a high level by Friday. We’ll work him into it rather slowly. Today he’ll be individual stuff, installation stuff, maybe get him a few snaps here or there.  Ramp it up tomorrow, ramp it up on Friday. It will be good to get him back on the field in a team environment then on the side.”

Mora said that if Locklear is able to go, he would likely play left tackle, and Damion McIntosh would go to the bench.

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Mora press conference: No pointing fingers in Hawks camp

With the Seattle Seahawks now losing five of their past six games, there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about football between the white lines on Monday.

Instead, the focus was on the psyche and the emotional make-up of the team, and how they would move forward with nine games left.

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora began his press conference by reiterating that players will be held accountable throughout the rest of the season, and those that do not give their best might be unemployed at season’s end.

“I think adversity turns weak people into victims,” Mora said. “They look for an exit. They look for a way out. They look to point the finger at someone else. They don’t accept responsibility.”

“I’m not saying I see that, because I don’t,” Mora later went on. “But if I do, there’s doors out of here.”

UPDATE: Apparently the purge has started, as the Seahawks confirmed that cornerback Travis Fisher has been released. With Marcus Trufant returning to action this week, Fisher became expendable. The Seahawks now have another roster spot available to bring a player on, probably an offensive tackle.

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Mora press conference: Walter Jones placed on IR, done for the season

Well, the move the Seattle Seahawks were anticipated to make for weeks finally happened today, as head coach Jim Mora announced that cornerstone offensive tackle Walter Jones has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list today.

Jones has been out for over a month rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee, but the pain continued to the point where he could not make it back out to the field.

“After much deliberation and evaluation and soul searching between the team, the medical staff and Walter Jones, it has been determined that the best thing to do for Walter, for this football team and for his future is to put him on injured reserve,” Mora said during the opening of a half-hour long talk with reporters this morning. “So we’re going to do that today.”

Mora said he does not know if Jones will return next season, and did not rule out the possibility that Jones will have another surgery to try and stabilize the knee.

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