A recap of the day’s activities:
The Texans. That’s who the Seahawks play this week – in Houston – and nothing reporters were able to throw at coach Jim Mora during his weekly day-after Q&A session was going to distract his tunnel vision.
How about the Seahawks running the table in their final four games to finish 9-7 and jump into the playoff picture as a wild-card team?
“No, not really,” Mora said when asked if he had thought about that. “I mean, every once in awhile, sure, you give it a little thought. But really what we’re trying to do is focus on the next game and getting better and, really, getting better the next practice.
“And this week it’s about preparing to do the best we can to beat Houston.”
How about the University of Washington’s Jake Locker declaring early for the NFL draft – or any underclassman quarterback, for that matter?
“I don’t really have any thoughts on it at all,” Mora said. “I just don’t. I’m not trying to avoid the question, I just don’t know. That’s one of the furthest things from my mind right now, is what quarterbacks are coming out in this year’s draft.
“I’m worried about what quarterback is going to be playing for the Houston Texans on Sunday.”
Now that quarterback Mora does know something about. It’s Matt Schaub, who was drafted by Atlanta in the third round in 2004 when Mora was coaching the Falcons. Schaub was traded to the Texans in 2007.
“I think he’s a very, very good football player,” Mora said of Schaub, who dislocated his left shoulder on the first play of Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars in Jacksonville but returned to finish the game. “He showed toughness yesterday.
“He’s a good player. He did a lot of good things for us in Atlanta and continues to do that.”
Jon Ryan punted nine times in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, with six inside the 20-yard line. The official stat packet credited kicker Olindo Mare for one of Ryan’s punts. Mare’s did punt once, a pooch kick out of field-goal formation.
QB Matt Hasselbeck might miss some practice time this week after taking a knee to his shoulder in Sunday’s game, Mora said, but it will not prevent him from playing against the Texans.
Mora also expects to have defensive linemen Cory Redding (concussion) and linebacker D.D. Lewis (sprained knee) back after they sat out against the 49ers.
Running back Justin Forsett, who strained a quad in practice last Friday, was limited to four carries against the 49ers because he was not 100 percent, Mora said.
OUT AND ABOUT
The players and even Mora will be busy in the community on Tuesday.
Mora and former Seahawks fullback Mack Strong will be Salvation Army bell ringers from noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom, Fifth and Pine, to benefit the Lakewood Police Guild.
Tight end John Carlson, linebacker Will Herring, defensive tackle Craig Terrill and Ryan will visit Children’s Hospital at 2 p.m. to spend time with patients and present them with five PlayStations.
The Pro Shops will host two autograph sessions – linebacker Leroy Hill from 6-7 p.m. at Qwest Field and Forsett from 7-8 at Pacific Place.
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s had two good weeks in a row. It was good for us to just back off just a little bit to nudge him forward. … He’s pushing through that rookie barrier.” – Mora on rookie linebacker Aaron Curry, who has seven tackles and three passes defensed in the past two games after totaling 12 tackles in the previous four games