We don't often lead with our competition, but I thought Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times hit the nail on the head in today's column, asking why Seahawks secondary coach Jim Mora won't clear up the air surrounding Seattle's future head coach. Is Mora interested in taking the head coach at the University of Washington, the school he attended and competed for as a player? Or will he stay put?
Here's an excerpt:
The Huskies are coming up on a one-year anniversary since they last won a game. The program that went 26 years without a losing record will not play in a bowl game for the fifth consecutive season.
Logic says there's no way that job compares to any of the 32 NFL head-coaching gigs, let alone one for the league's richest owner.
But with nothing but silence from Mora or the Seahawks, the speculation will continue until someone is named coach of his alma mater.
KJR-AM's Mitch Levy talked about the issue with the Seattle P-I's Clare Farnsworth and Hugh Millen, a good friend of Mora, during the Seahawks' Roundtable this morning on this audio link.
Philadelphia will bring the heat on Sunday, and Seneca Wallace needs to be ready.
Seneca Wallace has been groomed to come in and lead the Seahawks in situation like this, Dave Boling writes.
Frank Hughes reports defensive end Patrick Kerney re-injured his shoulder against San Francisco, and probably will not play on Sunday. That means rookie Lawrence Jackson will probably start again.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press notes that Matt Hasselbeck was at the practice facility working out, but did not come out to the practice field. Deion Branch also is out for a week.
The Oregonian's Aaron Fentress provides a brief history on how the blitz has evolved in the NFL, and also talks about how the West Coast offense's short passing game was developed to counter the blitz.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald talks about the two crossing paths of quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Hasselbeck. McNabb is finally healthy this season, while Hasselbeck is struggling through injuries this season.
Eagle's tight end _EaglesSmith_unable_to_practice.html">L.J. Smith was unable to practice on Wednesday. He's still recovering from a big hit by Atlanta safety and Tacoma native Lawyer Malloy. Take a look at the hit here. It looks like Malloy could have eased up. He got a flag on the play. And there might be a fine headed his way this week.
Ray Parrillo of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about Seattle's home-field advantage.
San Francisco 49ers
Mike Singletary gets a chance to catch his breath with his team on a bye this week.
Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider discusses why Shaun Hill was named the 49ers starting quarterback this week.
The 49ers will consider putting linebacker Ahmad Brooks at defensive end to help out with the pass rush. The 49ers claimed the former the former Bengals linebackers off of waivers on Aug. 31, but he's been inactive for all eight games.
Cardinals' tight end Mark Pope will miss another game this week with an ankle injury.
Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner has been handed over some of the play-calling duties for the offense because he's earned the trust of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports Warner and the Cardinals are talking contract extension.
St. Louis Rams
With the Rams playing the Cardinals this week, quarterback Marc Bulger is dealing with a new wave of Warner nostalgia.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says Warner has turned back the clock during his tenure with Arizona.
Josh Brown was named NFC special teams player of the month.