A recap of the day’s activities:
Edgerrin James. The players were off, but the front office was busy. Very busy.
James was released in a flurry of nine roster moves. He was signed Aug. 25 to be the backup to Julius Jones, but produced only 125 yards and a 2.7-yard average in the team’s 2-5 start. James did rush for 17 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, lifting him past Marcus Allen into 10th place on the league’s all-time list.
Also released were cornerback Travis Fisher and former University of Washington safety C.J. Wallace.
Wallace, who joined the Seahawks in 2007 as a rookie free agent, had missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. Fisher had been signed Aug. 2, after cornerback Marcus Trufant was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Fisher played in four games and was inactive for Sunday, when Trufant played for the first time this season.
To fill their spots on the 53-man roster, the club signed three players off its practice squad: ex-Oregon State wide receiver Mike Hass, former UW cornerback Roy Lewis and safety Jamar Adams.
To fill their spots on the practice squad, running back Devin Moore was re-signed, while cornerbacks Trae Williams and DeAngelo Willingham also were added.
Coach Jim Mora had some animated discussions with the officials during Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Monday, Mora could have harangued about some of the calls – including two of the three pass interference penalties against Trufant.
But, to his credit, he didn’t. In fact, what Mora did was the exact opposite.
“They’re good people. They don’t want to make mistakes. They’re trying to do it right,” he said. “They’re held to high standards by this league. They’re graded every week. They’re trying to get it right. You can see it in their faces, it really bothers then when they get it wrong. I have a lot of respect for those guys.
“I don’t always agree with them, but I have a lot of respect for them.”
Mora definitely didn’t agree with one call, and let side judge Joe Larrew know about it.
“I was actually getting on the referee (Jerome Boger) a little bit, and (Larrew) just told me, ‘Hey Jim, cool it.’ Which is good,” Mora said. “It’s no secret, I’m a passionate guy. I don’t take things lightly. There’s a line you walk when dealing with those officials. The last thing you ever want to be is disrespectful to them. But at the same time, you get caught up in the emotion of the moment.”
Mora’s retort? “I think what I told them is, ‘I’ve gone 6½ games without losing it – 6½ games, that’s pretty good for me,” Mora said, punctuating the statement with a laugh.
The official response? “They laughed,” Mora said.
Because the Seahawks play four of their five November games on the road, the annual “Tackle Hunger” drive to benefit Northwest Harvest will take place Sunday.
Fans attending the game between the Seahawks and Detroit Lions at Qwest Field are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or make cash donations. Volunteers from the Seahawks Women’s Association and Northwest Harvest will accept contributions at all gates as well as Touchdown City.
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“It means different things to different people. There are some guys who are just happy to have a job. There are some guys hoping to crack the starting lineup. There are some guys who are hoping to touch the ball more or be used more. So I think every guy takes that differently.” – quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, in response to Mora’s edict that he will be scrutinizing every player in the remaining nine games