Seahawks head coach Jim Mora just finished his weekly press conference this morning, and we’ll have some notes posted in a few minutes.
Seattle-area reporters talked with St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo this morning. He talked about dealing with the struggles of his run defense as a defensive head coach, the impressive season running back Steven Jackson is having, and keeping his 1-9 team motivated.
On the injury front, quarterback Marc Bulger is out three-to-six weeks with a fractured left knee, which means Kyle Boller will get his third start of the season. Spagnuolo said the offense will not change with Boller in charge.
Rookie right tackle missed most of the fourth quarter on Sunday with a mild concussion, and is being evaluated this week.
The Seahawks favorite Ram, right guard Richie Incognitio, could be back this week after missing three games with a foot injury.
Spagnuolo said he’s hopeful his team can build off the last couple games, with his team playing New Orleans and Arizona tough down to the wire. He said his team is still playing hard and working to get better each week.
“That’s the locker room. That’s the make-up of our team,” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of character guys, and really inside there’s a lot of fire and a lot of hunger, and they haven’t lost that. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. This business is not easy when you have one win after 10 games.
“But right now it’s really been the integrity of the players.”
You can listen to part of the conversation here.
On Steven Jackson being the focal point of the offense the team is building around, Spags had this to say. Jackson just broke the 1,000-yard mark for a fifth straight season.
“That’s kind of been the focus since we’ve got here,” he said. “And Steven’s kind of taken upon that role. He’s a tremendous leader. You see what he does on the field and in the games, and just the determination he brings and just the will to succeed. And I think it filters to the rest of the team. I know it’s helped the offense. And I think the defensive guys get something out of it as well.”
The Rams have struggled against the run this season. St. Louis is 28th in the league in rush defense, giving up 146.4 yards per game. Seattle rushed for 167 yards in the first game against St. Louis.
“It certainly sticks in my craw a little bit because I come from a defensive background, and you can’t play good defense unless you play good run defense,” Spagnuolo said. “And right now we’re not doing that. And it’s usually one thing here or there. We’ve got a young football team. It’s not system. It’s not players. It’s just kind of coordinating the thing, everybody getting together and making sure we eliminate that one mistake on each of those runs so it doesn’t turn into a long run play.”