Mora: Effort Isn't the Problem
Jim Mora (Getty)

Posted Dec 30, 2009


Even though his team has lost by an average of 20 points this season and has been outscored 106-24 in the past three games, Seahawks coach Jim Mora still believes his players are giving their all.

"Effort's not an issue," he said. "People are always going to bring up the question of effort when you get beat bad. That's not an issue, not at all."

Asked if he could understand why people would question his team's effort after three consecutive poor performances in which it looked as if the Seahawks mailed it in, Mora agreed.

"I think it's very reasonable for people to question that when you lose games by some of the scores that we've lost," he said. "Certainly, people question that. But all I can say is, having firsthand knowledge of it, having been around the league for my entire life, being in the locker room and on the practice field with these guys every day, and on the sidelines with them, effort is not an issue.

"It's just simply not an issue. If it was, I've been honest with you guys all year, I'd tell you if it was. And it's not. It's just not."

Mora had veteran wide receiver Deion Branch backing up his claim on a Seattle-area radio station Tuesday, stating that the team was continuing to play hard. "We have a good football team," Branch said. "Are we talented? Yes. Are we playing good? No. We're not playing good football, no we're not. We're not executing plays."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Matt Hasselbeck's passer ratings of 45.2 two weeks ago against Tampa Bay and 36.6 last Sunday at Green Bay are the worst back-to-back numbers in his 11-year career.

--RB Justin Forsett led the Seahawks with 70 yards rushing on 14 carries, and he might get the start next week with Julius Jones nursing rib and ankle injuries.

--TE John Carlson has three touchdowns in his past three games.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh leads the team with 76 receptions for 845 yards and three touchdowns.

--WR Deion Branch finished with five catches for 53 yards against Green Bay.

--LB Will Herring led the team in tackles with eight in his sixth start of the season. Herring started for an injured Aaron Curry (shoulder), and he likely will start again Sunday.

--DE Lawrence Jackson combined with Darryl Tapp for his first sack in 10 games. Jackson now has 4.5 sacks on the season.

--CB Josh Wilson, a third-year pro, will start his 12th game of the season Sunday against Tennessee. He'll tie his single-season career high for starts.


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