Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

“Except for” plays. That’s what coach Jim Mora calls those missteps that have been staggering the Seahawks’ consistency this season.

During Sunday’s loss in Green Bay, the Packers’ Ryan Grant averaged 2.7 yards on 15 carries. It was a good day’s work for the run defense, “except for” the 56-yarder he broke for a touchdown that gave him 97 yards and a 6.1-yard average for the day.

Eliminating the “except for” plays is a focus today, when the coaches are preparing the game plan for Sunday’s season finale against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field.

What is the reason for those “except for” play?

“You know what? They’re everything,” Mora said on Monday. “I don’t want to absolve in any way, shape or form us as coaches, because sometimes the calls aren’t good enough. That’s simple enough. We don’t make the right call at the right time.

“And then at other times, it might be a missed assignment. A guy might get physically beat. A guy might play the wrong technique. So it’s just a combination of things. And the key is to minimize those. And when you do minimize those, you have a better chance for success. And when you don’t, you give up big plays.”

STATS ’N STUFF

Jon Ryan is third in the league in punting average (47.1 yards) and 11th in net average (39.3). Kicker Olindo Mare is fifth in the league in touchbacks (22) on kickoffs and third in field goal percentage (.917, 22 of 24) – behind the Cardinals’ Neil Rackers (.941, 16 of 17) and the Vikings’ Ryan Longwell (.920, 23 of 25), who kick in domes for their home games.

David Hawthorne continues to lead the team with 107 tackles, six more than free safety Jordan Babineaux. If Hawthorne holds his lead, it will mark the fifth consecutive season that the middle linebacker has paced the team. But it will be a first for Hawthorne – who is subbing for Lofa Tatupu, the team’s leading tackler the previous four seasons.

The Seahawks rank 22nd in the league in total offense (28th rushing, 14th passing) and are No. 25 in total defense (14th against the run and 30th against the pass). They have dropped to minus-9 in takeaway/giveaway ratio, because their 30 turnovers are tied for eighth most in the league.

NO-GO PRO BOWLWhen the NFC Pro Bowl squad was announced today, the Seahawks were shutout for the first time since 2000 – and only the fifth time in franchise history, as they also were blanked in 1976, 1977 and 1980.As former coach Mike Holmgren always said, there is a direct connection between winning and Pro Bowl berths.

In 2005, when the Seahawks posted a franchise-best 13-3 record and went to the Super Bowl, they had seven selections: running back Shaun Alexander, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, left guard Steve Hutchinson, left tackle Walter Jones, fullback Mack Strong, middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu and center Robbie Tobeck. In 1984, when the Seahawks went 12-4, they also had seven Pro Bowlers: cornerback Dave Brown, strong safety Kenny Easley, kicker Norm Johnson, quarterback Dave Krieg, wide receiver Steve Largent, defensive tackle Joe Nash and special teams player Fredd Young.

YOU DON’T SAY

“You just keep hammering. We’re professionals. We’re still paid for another week to do our best to put together a winning performance, and not let these past three losing performances affect that.” – defensive end Patrick Kerney


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