A recap of the day’s activities:
Matt Hasselbeck. After throwing four interceptions for the second game in a row during Sunday’s lopsided loss to the Packers in Green Bay, the Seahawks quarterback cannot wait to throw his next pass in this week’s season finale against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field.
That was the word from Jim Mora in his weekly day-after Q&A session with reporters, and that’s also why the team’s coach is standing by Hasselbeck.
“He’s thrown eight interceptions in the last two weeks and – you know what? – he wants the next pass; ‘Give me the ball again,’ ” Mora said. “And I appreciate that.”
The reasons for Sunday’s interceptions at Lambeau Field ran the gamut. The ball slipped out of Hasselbeck’s hand as he was trying to pull it back on the first one. The ball was tipped, and wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh slipped, on the second one that was picked off in the end zone. He overthrew the third one, and tried to force the fourth into tight coverage.
Uncharacteristic? Definitely. His previous two-game high for interceptions was six, in 2004. In fact, during his 16-start seasons, Hasselbeck threw 12 interceptions in 2007, nine in 2005 and 15 in 2003.
Inexplicable? Yeah, that too. But unexplainable? No, not to Mora.
“The guy’s a competitor – a great competitor. It kills him when his football team is not winning,” Mora said. “He’s the quarterback, so he takes a lot of the credit when things are going well and responsibility when things aren’t going well.
“Knowing Matt, and how serious he is about his craft, he’s just going to do everything he can to try to win. Sometimes that means forcing the ball in there.”
Split end Nate Burleson will not play this week, Mora said, because of the high ankle sprain that has forced him to sit out the past two games. So Burleson finishes the season with 63 receptions for 812 yards – the most of his four-year stint with the Seahawks – and three touchdown catches.
Rookie linebacker Aaron Curry is doubtful because of the stinger that did not allow him to play against the Packers.
Mora listed two players as questionable: Leading rusher Julius Jones, who aggravated a rib injury and also hurt a foot against the Packers; and cornerback Josh Wilson, who got a hip pointer on Sunday.
Wide receiver Mike Hass dislocated a shoulder on the opening kickoff against the Packers, but returned wearing a brace. Mora said Hass could play against the Titans, but likely will be inactive if Ben Obomanu is able to return from the hamstring injury that caused him to be inactive on Sunday.
“He was given an opportunity yesterday, and he was not going to let the dislocated shoulder take it away from him,” Mora said of Hass, who likely will have postseason surgery.
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“We don’t want to be on highlight reels for the rest of eternity.” – Mora, on Titans running back Chris Johnson needing 128 rushing yards Sunday to reach 2,000 for the season