Jim Mora gives message to Seahawks: Don’t give up
Jim Mora is crafting more messages than wins right now.
The Seattle coach just released some veterans, including
The message is clear: those who aren’t producing had better start doing so when the
Mora also gave notice to his flopping team last weekend when he left quarterback
“I think you send the wrong message to your football team if you pull him out,” Mora said. “I’m not going to take
Something similar worked in Mora’s first season with Atlanta in 2004.
“We were 6-2, and we went to Kansas City. They were up 35-3 on us at halftime,” Mora said. “And I went in and I told the team at halftime, I said, ‘We are not punting. I don’t care where the football is. We’re going to go for two. We’re going to try to block every punt. We absolutely will not give in.’
“And we got beat 56-10.”
After the game, Mora got a call from his father, a former NFL coach who told his son: “Hey Jim, sometimes it’s OK to punt.”
“I’m trying to make a point here,” Mora told his father. “My point is: we will not quit, we will not give in.”
The following week, Mora’s
“Came back to win (41-28),” he said, proudly. “I’m not saying that I’m a master psychologist or anything, but I do think that the fact that we took that stance at halftime of the Kansas City game created a mindset that helped us move forward. We went to the
When he’s not publicly saying so, big-money receiver
And last weekend, forgotten former Super Bowl MVP
Wednesday, Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said they have talked to Branch and to Houshmandzadeh this week and that all is well.
Branch has 15 catches in the five games for which he’s been active. That’s his fewest through five weeks in his career.
He tried to distance himself from Sunday’s odd proclamation.
“What you all hear is not, you know what I’m saying, what’s coming from me,” he said. “I just want to win and I want to play.
“I’ve been accepting my role. Trust me, if I wanted to start something, I would have done it (in) minicamp. … Regardless of what it sounded like I said, I want to finish my career here.
“The biggest thing is that we are 2-5. The guys are frustrated. Coaches are, too.”
James passed Marcus Allen for 10th on the league’s all-time rushing list last weekend, but was averaging just 2.7 yards per carry while playing roughly every third series.
Knapp said Rankin will now spell starter
“Edgerrin came in here and did a wonderful job in the locker room. He’s a wonderful person. He’s a pro. He worked his tail off. Unfortunately, the results weren’t what we wanted,” Mora said.
“Rather than ask
Mora’s many messages suggest James won’t be the last to leave.