‘Dirtbag’ connections

Jim Mora’s comments last week about wanting more “dirtbags” on his offensive line did not go unnoticed – in the locker room, and beyond. Way beyond.

Monday, a box arrived for the Seahawks’ head coach from Dirtbag Music Records in San Diego. It contained hats, stickers, key chains, lanyards and “a really nice note,” Mora said this morning at the start of his weekly Q&A session.

Mora distributed them to the linemen, and left guard Rob Sims was proudly displaying his hat after practice on Tuesday.

“I’ll say this,” Mora offered, “the way they played on Sunday was much more like the way we want them to play. So that gives us cause for hope. It was a good sign that came out of an otherwise dismal day.”

The Seahawks lost the game to the Buccaneers, but the offense rushed for 80 yards in the first quarter and did a better job of protecting QB Matt Hasselbeck.

Also, when Mora arrived for his weekly news conference he was greeted by a Dirtbag visor of his own – an early Christmas gift from reporters who cover the team. But this Dirtbag connection is the baseball team at Long Beach State.

“That’s great. Thank you,” Mora said. “I appreciate this very much.”

In other developments:

Long snapper Kevin Houser was released from the hospital on Tuesday night, after being there since Sunday when he suffered a collapsed lung in the loss to the Bucs.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) and linebacker Aaron Curry (stinger) remain doubtful for this week’s game against the Packers in Green Bay.

Running back Julius Jones (ribs) will sit out practice for the second consecutive day, but should be able to play against the Packers.

The players will practice outside today, an attempt to simulate conditions on the “frozen tundra” at Lambeau Field, as Mora put it.

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