A recap of the day’s activities:
Practice. Not just any practice, the final full practice of the season. It’s always a strange feeling, and a strange time.
But today’s session capped what coach Jim Mora felt was one of the best weeks of practice the team had all season, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said Wednesday’s practice was the best of the year.
“This was one of the best weeks we’ve had all season,” Mora said after the first practice of 2010, but the final practice of the 2009 season. “We’ve had good practices all season. The thing is, is taking it from the practice field and applying it to the field on Sunday and getting a win.”
This week, that would be against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on Sunday.
This week, that good-practice situation also could be the exact opposite with the team 5-10.
“It’s a good group of guys and they’re committed to trying to get better,” Mora said. “They’re as disappointed as anybody in the way the season has gone. But they’re not discouraged, I don’t think.”
No, they’re not.
“I can’t quite explain it, but our intensity was great,” Hasselbeck said of Wednesday’s workout. “The ball really didn’t hit the ground much and it felt perfect.
“Just given how the season has gone, it’s just more important to go out and play your best and get a win. Really, that’s the biggest thing: Get a win.”
The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:
WR Nate Burleson (ankle)
LB Aaron Curry (shoulder)
CB Josh Wilson (hip)
RB Julius Jones (rib)
LB Leroy Hill (knee)
With Curry not expected to play, Will Herring will start at strong-side linebacker, as he did in last week’s game against the Packers. Mora said that Wilson’s status will be a game-day decision after he works out Sunday morning. If Wilson can’t play, Mora said that Kelly Jennings will start at right cornerback.
Jones participated in every phase of practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday to rest a sore foot as well as his ribs. Mora said he will decide whether Jones or Justin Forsett starts against the Titans after seeing how Jones responds to his first action of the week.
Hill did not practice Wednesday after having a knee drained, but he participated fully the past two days and will start.
For the Titans, DT Tony Brown (knee and quad) and DE Jevon Kearse (not injury related) are out. CB Ryan Mouton (ankle), who was limited in practice, and OT Troy Kropog (calf), who did not practice, are questionable. C Kevin Mawae (elbow) practiced and is listed as probable.
PRO BOWL SNUB
Not the Seahawks, who did not have a player voted the annual all-star game for the first time since 2000. But the Titans’ offensive line. Despite having the league’s leading rusher in Chris Johnson, none of the team’s blockers is heading to the Pro Bowl – after Mawae and left guard Michael Roos went last season.
“Well, thanks for asking. I am,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said this week when asked if the snub surprised him. “In 2002, we went to the championship game and didn’t have any Pro Bowlers. So that was an issue. That was OK. That was a motivating factor for us, I think, or one of them.
“But yeah, if you take into consideration that CJ is over 500 yards ahead of the next rusher in the NFL, and that our team is first in rushing average per play, second behind the Jets in rushing per game by three yards, and the fact that we’re second in the league in sacks allowed, I was surprised that nobody on the offensive line was given any recognition.”
But wait, there’s more.
“I think all of them are very talented players. It’s a very tight unit,” Fisher said. “They’re a very, very well-coached group. The credit goes to (O-line coach) Mike Munchak for all that. But I was surprised. But the bottom line is, in my opinion, you’ve got four or five candidates in the AFC for only three available spots. That’s kind of what happened.”
While Fisher might have been surprised, he obviously was not unprepared to answer the question.
STAT DU JOUR
Middle linebacker David Hawthorne leads the Seahawks in tackles (107) and interceptions (three). If he emerges from Sunday’s game that way, Hawthorne will be the first player to lead the team in both categories since strong safety Reggie Tongue in 2002.
YOU DON’T SAY
“My most immediate New Year’s resolution is to get a win on Sunday and start the year off on a positive note for us and for our fans. That’s my most immediate New Year’s resolution.” – Mora, when asked if he had made any New Year’s resolutions