Mora Unhappy With Dockett, Refs

Mora Unhappy With Dockett, Refs

After reviewing the game on Sunday, Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said he turned in 17 plays to the league's officiating office for their consideration on Monday. Mora said the number of plays under consideration in a game called by referee Walt Coleman is the most he's submitted during his four years as a head coach in the NFL.

But Mora was angered by one play in particular. 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 while getting up after the tackle, Mora said if it isn't against the rules, then his players should be doing it to.

"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."

Asked if Dockett's actions should be called, Mora responded: "Yeah, absolutely. But if it's not going to be, then we should be doing it."

Asked whether or not he should be advocating his players doing those types of things on the field, Mora had this to say: "If it's legal I can. If it's illegal, then it would be called. If it's legal than we should be doing it.

"I would never advocate us doing anything illegal, nor would I ever advocate us doing anything that would intentionally harm another player. But if that's legal and the league is not going to call that, then we should be doing it, because it has an effect on the quarterback when he can't breathe.

"When Matt's getting up and he can't breathe," said Mora, simulating his quarterback gasping for air. "Boy, I'd like to see their quarterback doing that. It's a vicious game. I'm not saying anything that anyone else wouldn't say."

Hasselbeck got up holding his throat after the play, and later confronted Dockett on the field about the incident.

Mora said running back Julius Jones suffered a bruised lung, not a cracked rib, which he previously reported on Sunday. Mora said Jones also may have suffered a cracked rib, and returned to Seattle today. Jones is unlikely to play on Sunday against Minnesota, Mora said. "They just took the proper precautions in not having him travel yesterday with that injury," Mora said.

Mora said other than Jones all his players are relatively healthy.

NOTES, QUOTES

--OT Sean Locklear started at left tackle for the first time in seven games. Coach Jim Mora said Locklear played inconsistently, giving up a sack early on, but got better as the game wore on.

--RBs Justin Forsett and Louis Rankin will fill in for Julius Jones (bruised lung) if he cannot play this week. Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the team will not pick up another running back with Jones out, and would used fullback Justin Griffith as a replacement at fullback if they need another body.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--QB Seneca Wallace will continued to be used creatively in Seattle's offense, but Mora said he does not want to create a package of 10 plays for Wallace because the team is still trying to get down the Seahawks main offensive system.

--C Chris Spencer snapped with his left hand because of a thumb injury on his right hand, but seemed to get through the game without any major mishaps.

--LB David Hawthorne finished with 10 tackles, leading the team in tackles for a third straight game.

REPORT CARD VS. CARDINALS

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Matt Hasselbeck finished with over 300 yards passing for a second straight game, completing 26-of-52 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown. But Hasselbeck also threw two interceptions late in the game that sealed his team's fate.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- After rushing for a franchise-worst 14 yards against Arizona in the first meeting between the two teams, the Seahawks turned the tables, finishing with 164 yards on the ground on 24 carries for a robust, 6.8-yard average. Backup Justin Forsett was the catalyst, finishing with 123 yards on 17 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Seahawks failed to get pressure on Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, choosing to only rush three or four most of the time. While it worked initially, Warner eventually made Seattle pay, finishing 29 of 38 for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Seattle had trouble containing Arizona's running back tandem of Tim Hightower and Chris "Beanie" Wells. The Cardinals finished with 117 yards on the ground. Wells led the way, gaining 85 yards on 16 carries and two scores

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Olindo Mare continues to be a bright spot for Seattle. He made both of his field goal attempts, and now has made 13 straight since missing two field goals against Chicago in the third game of the year.

COACHING: C-plus -- Mora had his team ready to play, and they responded by taking a 14-0 lead. But the Cardinals made adjustments to Seattle's game plan, and the Seahawks didn't do the same. With seven games left, Mora must make sure he keeps his team motivated and focused on finishing the season strong.

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