A recap of the day’s activities:
The offensive line. A very upset Jim Mora threatened lineup changes after a 34-7 loss to the Texans in Houston on Sunday. Today, the Seahawks’ coach said the evaluation process will continue into Tuesday.
“Sometimes I walk in here on Mondays and say, ‘Well, you know, it wasn’t as bad as it looked on the field,’ ” Mora said. “You know, you saw some things on film. I don’t feel quite that way today. I felt like the film was just about as bad as I thought it was yesterday watching the game in person.”
What Mora saw on the film were missed assignments in pass protection by the running backs and offensive linemen “that we shouldn’t have at this stage of game,” he said. He also saw technique issues “that need to be repaired.” Then there was “some guys getting beat when they shouldn’t get beat,” he said.
Mora even admitted, “On a couple of occasions, to be fair, I saw us put our players in some tough positions. But that happens sometimes and guys have got to make a play and we’ve got to do the best we can to not put them in too many tough positions.”
Back to the possible lineup changes, Mora said, “I think that – I don’t think, I know – that we’re discussing the possibilities. It’s too early for me to say specifically what those may be.”
The coaches do have some flexibility because of the versatility of their linemen. Backup Steve Vallos has started games at guard and center this season. Right guard Max Unger played center at the University of Oregon last season. Left guard Rob Sims began last season as the starter on the right side. Left tackle Sean Locklear was the starter on the right side the past four seasons. Backup Damion McIntosh started two games at left tackle this season. Backup guard Mike Gibson has not been active the past six games, but he was signed off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad in October because he has experience in the zone-blocking scheme.
“We’ve got to be prepared to shake it up if we believe that’s going to help us get better,” Mora said. “We’ll decide that over the course of the next 24 hours or so.”
The status of wide receiver Nate Burleson for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qwest Field remains in question because of the ankle injury he sustained against the Texans. Mora had yet to see results of the magnetic resonance imaging test Burleson had earlier in the day.
“He was in the (team) meeting and he was walking with a slight limp,” Mora said. “So I don’t know where Nate is going to be in terms of his availability this week.”
But the hip pointer linebacker Aaron Curry got is not as bad as originally thought. Mora said Curry’s injury was “more muscle than bone, which is a good thing when you’re talking about hip pointers.”
As for whether Curry will play in Sunday’s game, Mora said, “Aaron is actually moving around really well. He is walking without much of a limp. … I believe there is a chance Aaron could be available.”
Then there’s QB Matt Hasselbeck, who aggravated a shoulder injury and also injured a thumb.
“He’s actually better than you would think after taking the beating he took,” Mora said. “He’s not perfect, but he feels pretty good today.
“His thumb is going to be OK and he told me that his shoulder felt better than he thought it would, as well.”
OUT AND ABOUT
Free safety Jordan Babineaux will distribute 500 books to students at Madrona K-8 School on Tuesday, as well as deliver gift baskets of toys and games to each classroom.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant will visit patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma on Tuesday. The Jim Mora “Count on Me” Family Foundation also is holding a holiday-shop event on Tuesday for patients at the hospital, where they will be able to buy gifts for family members.
Defensive end Darryl Tapp will sign autographs on Tuesday at the Qwest Field Pro Shop from 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday, strong safety Deon Grant and Tapp will assist 100 kids from the Southwest and Renton Skyline Boys & Girls Clubs who will receive $100 gifts cards for a shopping spree at the Tukwila Toys R Us store.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s all those spots up there. It’s a puzzle. When you move one piece it affects all the others. So we have to be willing to make adjustments if we need to, but we have to be very certain we’re doing the right thing before we just willy-nilly make a move. But we have to be willing to make a move, as well.” – Mora, when asked if the examination of the offensive line