Well, it wasn't a dull press conference today. Head coach Jim Mora was in a relatively playful mood talking about uniforms, fantasy football, the temperature in the VMAC indoor practice facility and the weather. I guess that's what happens after you win two games in a row.
Yes, there was talk about injuries, protection, stopping Andre Johnson and lack of a decent pass rush out of the four-man front.
But the most important thing for me was this sequence of comments from Mora
Mora: "Nobody has noticed that we wore different pants on Sunday."
Press room: "Oh yeah we noticed."
Mora: "You guys all noticed? No one has asked me about it."
Gregg Bell of the AP: "We were fearing you were wearing the green jerseys again."
Mora: "Nooo, those are, uh, those have been retired." At that point, I wanted to jump up and do a fist pump. But I thought it might be unprofessional. Mora was later asked why they have been retired.
And he said it was because the team didn't win in them. And he prefers "Seahawk Blue." As for the pants, Mora said that the players actually said they like the feel of those pants in comparison to the other pants. I don't know how much of a role it played.
"It's a little thing, but it does matter," he said.
Still I'm excited about no more green jerseys..... Of course, I don't know that the decision on when and if they wear the green is completely up to Mora, remember that was done as a marketing ploy in the first place.
One other interesting exchange came late in the press conference, when Mora was asked by the PI's Jim Moore about John Carlson in a relatively interesting way. And while it was a humorous exchange at first, what came from it was a relatively decent explanation of some Carlson's lack of production this season.
Moore: "What about John Carlson, I mean he's on my fantasy team. And my co-owner is sitting there asking me what did we draft this guy for? So is he on the verge of breaking out or should he be dropped?"
Mora: "I don't know pay much attention to fantasy football."
Moore: "Do you think he's on the verge of breaking out?"
Moore: "Why is that?"
Mora: "Well, he's developing. You guys have asked me about John a lot. I said on Monday I don't really think about it a lot. But when you asked me those questions it forced me to go think about it a lot and go look at him and see maybe why he's not making as many catches as we'd like.
What I kind of concluded is that John, quite frankly, needs improve his second level releases and that's after he gets off the line of scrimmage clearing the linebackers. He gets bumped around a little bit. He's kind of a linear built guy and people have bumped him around a little bit. And so John as he develops will learn how to play with his pads lower as he gets to the second level and that will create some separation for him."
Moore: "So it's not just him being in protection then?"
Mora: "No, no, no, it's a lot of things. I can't tell you whether to keep him or drop this week. I'm keeping him." So there is some explanation of John Carlson's lack of production and pass targets. What bothers me a little is that he didn't think about the cause of the lack of production more until he was continually asked why Carlson wasn't producing more.
Let's try to type in the injury report (it got deleted twice because Eric and I are editing the same blog post)
QB Matt Hasselbeck will be "very limited" today in practice as he recovers from the general soreness of being banged around in the Niners game. Obviously the throwing shoulder is sore - but its been something he's played through for more of the year.
LB D.D. Lewis is having his sore right knee drained. And he will be limited.
DL Cory Redding (concussion) will be back in full participation
However both players will be listed as probable for Sunday's game.
Mora said that RB Justin Forsett shouldn't be bothered by a sore quad this week and expects him to be ready to go. And confirmed that Forsett will see increased touches if he is healthy.
What's his name again?
Let's go back to funny stuff coming from the press conference. Mora was asked about Olindo Mare and was told that he almost felt offended that he had to compete for the kicking job in fall camp. Did it have an effect on him as far as being pushed to compete?
"I just he responded really well to it, very mature," Mora said. "I don't know how much he felt it was a competition. I think he felt like, yeah. It was a competition, but he was always leading the competition. At no point did he feel like he wasn't going to win. And I think you have to respect that in him."
And here's where it gets rather humorous...
"And yet he was very respectful of the kid that was here," Mora said as he paused to remember the kid's name. "Great memory. What was his name?
Brandon Coutu he was told
"Brandon Coutu. I'm sorry about that Brandon, and Brandon's parents."