Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh joined KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler on the radio this afternoon to talk about his coach Jim Mora being fired this morning.
Houshmandzadeh had this to say about his reaction to Mora being let go:
“You don’t never want to second guess people that are running the team and say it’s the right or wrong move, but I’m just shocked,” Houshmandzadeh said. “We didn’t win a lot of games, and that’s obvious to everybody. We didn’t play great, and you can say ‘this’ is a reason or ‘that’ is a reason, but I’m shocked.
“I got up this morning and my phone was flooded with text messages. I had no idea. Wow.”
On if he believed how the team finished, losing the last four games and only scoring 37 points, played a role in the team’s decision to let Mora go.
“You never know what they were thinking, the management, of why they made the decision, but I’m sure it played a part in it,” Houshmandzadeh said. “We didn’t look good down the stretch, and everybody can have their opinion of why that may be.
“At the end of the day we didn’t win a lot of games. And we didn’t look good when we lost, if there is a way to look good when you lose. But I don’t feel I came in there and did what I needed to do to prevent these type of things from happening.”
Houshmandzadeh also was asked on how much offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s struggles to get the offense to produce played a role in the team’s decision.
“I told people when I first got to Seattle, I think Knapp has a hell of a playbook,” he said. “Plays where I was like ‘Wow, I love this play. We can run this play every day of the week’ I don’t want to get into 'this and that,' I have no idea. Only Mr. Leiweke knows and the powers that be that made the decision. I have no idea what role that played.”
Houshmandzadeh went on to say that he believed Mora could have got the job done if they had let him stay on.
“He’s a people’s coach, a player’s coach,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He lets you be you, but he still had that presence of mind where you didn’t cross that line with him. And so of course I thought he could have a lot of success.”
On the possibility of USC head coach Pete Carroll joining the Seahawks, Houshmandzadeh had this to say.
“Everybody knows Pete Carroll’s a great coach,” he said. “Defensively, somewhat of a guru, and when he arrived at SC, they were looking up at us at Oregon State in the Pac-10. And he turned those guys around. It was like every year if they didn’t win a national championship something was wrong. And when you have those kinds of expectations, that means he created expectations to where they expected to win championships every year. … But it’s so early in the process, nobody knows what’s going to happen.”