Mora's Team Lurches Further Backward

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Jim Mora's first season as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks reached a new low on Sunday, as his team lost at home to the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-7.

It's the first time the Seahawks have lost to a one-win team this late in the year since the team's inaugural season in 1976, when Seattle fell to the N.Y. Giants on the road 28-16 on Nov. 28. The Giants were 1-10 heading into that game and finished 3-11 that season. Seattle finished 2-12.
The Seahawks now sit at 5-9 overall, and with two games left at Green Bay and at home versus Tennessee, Seattle might not win again this season.

"I've never been 5-9," Mora said. "This is all new to me. I'm trying to fight my way through it just like everybody else. Keep coaching hard, that's what we're trying to do."

Mora also reiterated that Seattle was a four-win team last year, and had the extra motivation of trying to double that total coming into Sunday's game. "Let's not lose track of that folks. We were a four-win team last year," he said. "So we're going, 'Hey, we can double up our wins, we can be 5-2 at home, with a chance to be 6-2 at home.' So it's really disappointing when that doesn't happen."

Asked what he believes teams around the league will think about the Seahawks after losing to the previously one-win Buccaneers, receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh offered this blunt assessment. "We suck," he said. "I mean I'm sure that's what they'll say. But it is what it is. You can't change it."

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had his worst performance of the season, finishing 27 of 46 for 256 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He also had a fumble, and finished with a 45.2 passer rating. "That's just one of the disappointing things about today," Hasselbeck said. "One of my responsibilities is to protect the football, and clearly that wasn't the case today."

Asked about losing to Tampa Bay at home, Hasselbeck said, "I'm speechless about that. It's not something that I ever thought would happen."
Things got so bad for the Seahawks that they had to actually use 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback Kelly Jennings as a long snapper when the team's regular long snapper, Kevin Houser, suffered a shoulder injury and had to be taken to the hospital.

Jennings said he last snapped in a game in high school, and practiced every Wednesday during the year just in case he'd have to play in a game. "You know, he's 172 pounds dripping wet," Mora said about Jennings. "Not your prototypical long snapper in the National Football League. God forbid we would have had to try a field goal."

TRENDING: This was Matt Hasselbeck's second four-interception game of his Seattle career. His first came at Arizona on Oct. 24, 2004. He had an 18.9 passer rating that day, and Seattle lost 25-17.

LINEUP WATCH: Rookie Max Unger had an uneven performance in his first start at center this season. Unger and regular starting center Chris Spencer switched positions, with Spencer moving to right guard because he struggled snapping the ball with his left hand after breaking his right thumb earlier this season.


--LS Kevin Houser suffered a shoulder injury while trying to make a tackle during a punt return in the second half and had to be taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

--LB Aaron Curry suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter, but return to the game.

--RB Julius Jones injured his ribs during the game but played with the injury.

--WR Ben Obomanu pulled a hamstring during the game and will be re-evaluated Monday.

Related Stories
NFL's Best & Worst: QBs Versus The Blitz
 -by  Dec 25, 2009
Mora Wants More "Dirtbags"
 -by  Dec 17, 2009
Passing Record a Reminder of Better Times
 -by  Dec 28, 2009

> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> Free Agency &
   Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
QB Matt Hasselbeck (profile)
CB Kelly Jennings (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Boston College > Alumni
Football > Miami (Fl) > Alumni
Football > Suwannee HS > Alumni
[View My HotList]