Sinking Seahawks’ optimism ringing a bit hollow
A prolific, multidimensional offense was backed by a big-play defense and one of the league’s loudest home-field advantages, helping Seattle win four consecutive division titles and reach the Super Bowl after the 2005 season.
Now, Seattle is hollow.
The same offense that scored just three points in a home loss last month to the
“It was more fun to be out there,” quarterback
Then it all fell apart.
Hasselbeck threw two interceptions in the final period and Seattle lost 31-20 to essentially fall four games behind Arizona in the division. The
All that remains are seven games that mean little, just like last year at this point. Seattle has lost 20 of 27 games since December 2007, the last time it was division champion.
“It’s not going to continue to go this way, how about that? It’s just not,” first-year coach Jim Mora said Monday. “We’re getting better.
“I know that’s odd. We lost.”
Odd, yes. And hollow for
After he caught a season-high nine passes for 165 yards in Sunday’s game, outspoken star receiver
Their next one is Sunday against
The last time they won a road game against a team that finished with a winning record was Dec. 3, 2006, at Denver.
Worse yet, it’s been five years since the
“I’d rather hear that than, ‘Oh God, what are we going to do? How are we going to win?”‘ Mora said of Houshmandzadeh’s prediction. “You can call it false enthusiasm, false confidence, but it’s certainly the mindset you want your team to have.”
They’re also awaiting word on 17 plays from Sunday’s game that Mora sent to the league’s supervisor of officials for review of what the coach thought were missed calls.
“Seventeen!” Mora said. “I’ve never done that, now, in four years as a head coach. I’ve never had 17 calls turned in. So we’ll see what they say.”
Mora said it was probably three times as many plays as he’s ever submitted to the league from one game.
His frustration came from
Still, Mora remains outwardly optimistic. Despite odds longer than Seattle’s rainy season, he thinks his players still believe it’s possible to achieve their goal of returning to the postseason after a one-year absence.
“From their reaction I got in the locker room (Sunday), I do,” Mora said. “There’s hope. Disappointment, but (we are) somewhat encouraged.”