Mora Pops Off Again

In what may be a preview of things to come, Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora called out the offensive line after his team's disappointing 34-7 loss to the Houston Texans.

Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked three times and hit another six times. In Seattle's eight losses this season, the offensive line has given up 26 sacks, a big part of the Seahawks inconsistent play on offense. Mora said all five jobs on the offensive line will be up for grabs heading into next week's game at home against Tampa Bay.

"I'm not happy with our offensive line, Mora said. "I'm not happy at all with them. And if we can make moves to make them better up there, we're going to make them, because it's unacceptable for our quarterback to stand back there and get hit the way he's getting hit."

Injuries played a role in the offensive line's struggles earlier this season. Projected starters up front have missed 23 games this year. However, the Seahawks have had the same starting five up front for the last five games, so lack of consistency should be better. Offensive guard Rob Sims understands players will be under more scrutiny with the Seahawks in the process of hiring a new general manager to try and turn things around.

"It's frustrating because the writing's on the wall," Sims said. "We all know. We're trying to stay together, but it's not going to happen with the situation with the GM stuff that's going on right now.

"There's a business side to this, and bottom line Matt was on the ground too much. ... It's garbage. I take pride in keeping Matt off the ground. Unfortunately today he was down there too much."

Mora specifically pointed to the struggles of center Chris Spencer, and seemed to question the legitimacy of his injury. Spencer has played with an injured right thumb for the last month, snapping left-handed. The Seahawks had three fumbled snaps on Sunday.

"We've got a center that's trying to snap with his left hand because he's got a cast on his right hand," Mora said. "He's had that on for what seems like forever. I'm not quite sure why he still has a cast on his hand - but he does. That is a factor.

"We see it affecting our shotgun snaps, affecting a lot of our running plays -- the timing on offense has to be crisp and when you can't get the snap to the quarterback you've got no chance in getting a successful play."

Spencer said he still can't squeeze the ball with his right hand and that's why he's snapping with his left hand. "If they make changes, that's their decision," Spencer said. "All we can do is go to work and try to get better."

TRENDING: The Seahawks are now 3-12 on the road the last two seasons, and have lost the six games on the road this year by an average of 19 points a contest. Seattle has given up an average of 30 points a game on the road this season.

LINEUP WATCH: Center Chris Spencer appears to be headed for the bench. The fourth-year pro out of Mississippi has struggled playing with a broken right thumb, snapping with his left hand. Seattle might consider switching center of the future, rookie Max Unger, who is currently playing right guard, to center next week.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--LB Aaron Curry suffered a hip pointer at the end of the game when teammate David Hawthorne hit him with his helmet while trying to make a tackle of Houston running back Arian Foster. X-rays on Curry's hip were negative.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh fell awkwardly on his head after failing to come up with a high ball over the middle of the field in the second half, but said after the game he was OK.

--QB Matt Hasselbeck had to leave the game in the third quarter after re-injuring his shoulder, but said he's OK and should be ready to play next week.

--WR Nate Burleson suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter and will be evaluated on Monday.

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