Mora Backs Off, Mare Stays Put
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Posted Sep 29, 2009


A day after calling out veteran kicker Olindo Mare for missing two field goals in the team's 25-19 loss to Chicago, Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora expressed regret for his harsh words.

"I have very high, high expectations for Olindo, and it's because of the work that he's done in this league," Mora said. "He's been an outstanding kicker, and he's done a lot of great things for us. I think I let the emotion of the game get to me in my answers about Olindo."

The 14-year veteran missed wide left from 34 and 43 yards, but made four field goals during the contest. Mare only missed three field goals total during the 2008 season, and finished among the leaders in touchbacks.

Asked if he intended to bring in another kicker, Mora said no. "His kickoffs were fabulous yesterday," he said. "Would I have liked for him to make those two kicks? Yeah. But I wouldn't like him to make them anymore than he'd like to make them."

Mora had said on Sunday that Mare's performance was not acceptable. "If you're a kicker in the National Football League you should make those kicks -- bottom line," Mora said. "End of story. Period. No excuses. No wind, doesn't matter. You've gotta make those kicks.

"Especially in a game like this, where you're kicking and fighting and scratching your (tail) off and you miss those kicks, it's not acceptable. Not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Mora said he's uncertain if quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be ready to go on Sunday against Indianapolis. The veteran quarterback suffered a fractured rib against San Francisco over a week ago and did not play against the Bears. "It depends on how he feels, how he moves and the progress he makes in terms of recovering from the rib injury," Mora said about Hasselbeck, who likely will not practice on Wednesday.

--Mora was noncommittal on whether or not the Seahawks will wear the lime green, alternative jerseys after the loss to Chicago. "My kids liked it, I know that," Mora said. "They liked it a lot. I don't make the decision on what uniform we wear. It's not technically my decision exclusively. I bet you that if we'd have won that game, lime green would have been looking a lot better."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--OT Walter Jones will be watched with a wait-and-see approach. Coach Jim Mora said the team and Jones want to make sure his conditioning and knee are at the level where he can play up to the high standard he set for himself during his 13 years in the league.
--LB Lofa Tatupu, who missed last week with a hamstring injury, ran wind sprints on Monday and if all goes well should play on Sunday.
--FB Justin Griffith has a sprained knee and will be evaluated on Friday to see if he can go.
--OG Rob Sims suffered a strained oblique and will be questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

REPORT CARD VS. BEARS

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace finished with 261 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Seattle had to settle for field goals too often, and Wallace missed on a couple throws that could have put more points on the board for Seattle.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Running back Julius Jones finished with 98 yards on 20 carries for a 5.2 yard-per-carry average, helping to move the chains in the middle of the field for Seattle.

PASS DEFENSE: C-minus -- The Seahawks allowed Jay Cutler to complete 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, a 36-yard touchdown pass to Devin Hester.

RUSH DEFENSE: A-minus- The Seahawks held Matt Forte to 66 yards on 21 carries for a 3.1 yard average.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus -- Kicker Olindo More missed two field goals that together could have tied the game for Seattle. Ben Obomanu had one kickoff return for 45 yards.

COACHING: C-plus -- Mora lost his cool and called out Mare after the game. He also challenged a 7-yard touchdown catch by Johnny Knox that was upheld, losing a timeout.


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