Mora Blows His Cool in Loss


Posted Sep 28, 2009


After the Seattle Seahawks' second straight loss, this one a 25-19 setback to the Chicago Bears at Qwest Field on Sunday, Seahawks head coach Jim Mora's frustrations are beginning to bubble to the surface.

The Seahawks battled hard, with nine of the team's projected starters not available at the end of the game because of various injuries. The Seahawks wore lime green, alternative jerseys against the Bears for the first time since franchise history.

But at 1-2, and traveling to Indianapolis in a game that could easily drop Seattle to 1-3 overall by week's end, Mora is trying to stay positive even though his team's playoff chances are beginning to slip away just three games in to the season.

"As gloomy as I feel, I will say this to you," Mora said. "The sky is not falling. We are about to get some really good football players back playing football for us.
We just have to weather the storm, and the way you do that is you hang in there together."

Mora was particularly frustrated with kicker Olindo Mare. The veteran kicker won the kicking job for a second straight season after beating out second-year kicker Brandon Coutu during training camp. Mare made four field goals, but also missed wide left from 34 and 43 yards out, points that could have tied the game had he managed to put them through the uprights.

Mare took full responsibility for the misses.

"They pay us to do our job and that's part of my job and I didn't do it very good today," Mare said. "Of all the things that I did do good, and it's the two bad things that stood out."

That said, Mora wasn't in the mood to hear any excuses.

"We're not going to fight our ass off, and have a field goal kicker go out there and miss two field goals and lose a game," he said. "It's not going to happen."
Asked if he was going to make a change at the position, Mora said he would evaluate everyone and consider possible changes across the board for next week.

TRENDING: Seattle used to enjoy a home-field advantage at Qwest Field, with the noise from the 12th man creating an uncomfortable feeling for visiting teams. But recently that hasn't been the case. Seattle is 3-7 in its last 10 home games, including 1-1 this season and 2-6 in 2008.

LINEUP WATCH: Center Chris Spencer got his first start of the season, returning from an injured quad he suffered in the second preseason game against Denver. Spencer fared well, lasting the entire game and helping the Seahawks rack up 346 total yards offensively.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

-- CB Ken Lucas re-aggravated his groin late in the game and was not on the field when the Bears scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass play from

Jay Cutler to Devin Hester.

-- OL Rob Sims injured his oblique in the first half and did not return.
-- OL Brandon Frye suffered a strained groin during the contest but did not come out and played the entire game.
-- LB David Hawthorne got his first career start in place of Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), finishing with 16 tackles, a tackle for a loss and an interception.
-- OL Walter Jones practiced all week but did not play on Sunday against Chicago. He is expected to play next week at Indianapolis.
-- QB Matt Hasselbeck did not suit up against Chicago because of a broken rib he suffered against San Francisco.


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