Jim Mora just finished his Monday afternoon rehash of Sunday’s loss to Houston.
Yes, he said, it looked as bad on the film as it did in person.
“I was very disappointed in our performance … I know a lot of people are,” he said. Given a good week of practice and preparation, he said he did not see the weak performance coming and said “it’s my responsibility to see it coming.”
On the question of effort, Mora said he examined it. He views it as a combination of whether the players are concentrating in meetings and practice during the week, and if they’re playing hard from snap to whistle every play on Sundays.
“I don’t see that as being a problem on our football team,” he said. The problem: “The consistency of execution.”
On the injury front: Linebacker Aaron Curry, who suffered a hip-pointer, was “walking around without a limp,” Mora said. He thinks Curry has a good chance to be ready for this week’s game against Tampa Bay.
Receiver Nate Burleson had an MRI on an ankle injury, but all Mora could report on the matter was that he was walking with a “slight limp.”
The problems with protection have been the result of missed assignments by linemen and backs. But also bad techniques and players simply getting physically beat.
Mora had hinted that there would be changes across the offensive front. He said Monday that it was too early to say specifically what those would be. He said they’d be willing to do whatever it takes to give the team the best chance to get a win over Tampa Bay.
The goals now that the playoffs are no longer a mathematical possibility? To win the final three to get to 8-8 and to evaluate which players are “willing to do what it takes to make the team a winner.”
The coverage on the first play touchdown to Andre Johnson called for Marcus Trufant to have sole responsibility. Mora said that Trufant got caught walking toward Johnson when the Texans went on a quick snap count.
Center exchange problems by Chris Spencer were again caused by Spencer’s wearing of a cast on a broken right thumb, Mora said. He said that Spencer’s snapping left handed “hadn’t been a huge issue until yesterday.”
Matt Hasselbeck’s health? “He’s actually better than you would think after taking the beating he took.” A thumb injury is no problem, but his shoulder is sore, Mora said.