With the Seattle Seahawks losing five of their last six, the same sort of questions keep cropping up each week.
Today after the game, Seattle head coach Jim Mora talked about the accountability aspect of the team, and guys remaining professional in dealing with the adversity the team is facing right now.
Mora said he talked to the players about guarding against developing an indifferent attitude with the losses mounting, appealing to them to remain professional.
“They’re professionals," Mora said. "And they’re paid a lot of money to compete at the highest level. And it will not be tolerated if somebody’s not doing that. It absolutely will not be tolerated. It will not be a part of our program, ever.”
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Offensive guard Rob Sims echoed Mora's sentiments when we talked to the players in the locker room after his coach spoke.
“You got to,” Sims said. “This is our job. This is our family right now. We get upset with each other and try to stop all the pointing fingers and what not. But it’s an emotional game, so what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to keep going back to work and remember it takes all of us to win.”
Some tidbits from today's game.
* Dallas had four, different receivers score against the Seahawks, including Patrick Crayton on an 82-yard punt return. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed passes to 10 different receivers.
* Seattle had a couple big plays offensively, including a 36-yard reception by Nate Burleson and a 23-yard touchdown catch from Deion Branch, his first touchdown this season. Seattle’s longest run was an 11-yard run for Julius Jones. I thought Jones ran the ball OK, finishing with 56 yards on 15 carries.
* Edgerrin James rushed six times for 17 yards, passing Marcus Allen and vaulting into the top 10, all-time rushing list. James has 12,246 yards in his career. He needed 15 yards to pass Allen on Sunday.
* T.J. Houshmandzadeh finished with just four catches for 24 yards, his worst game statistically as a Seahawk.
* Linebacker David Hawthorne played solid in his return to Texas, finishing with eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Hawthorne played his college ball at Texas Christian, and hales from nearby Corsicana, about an hour south of Dallas.
* The Cowboys totaled 26 first downs and held a 34:45 to 25:15 time of possession advantage.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant did not make excuses for the three defensive penalties he was called for against Dallas. Trufant actually played a lot more than I thought he would heading into this game, with Seattle running a lot of nickel defensively. Trufant showed considerable rust. "There is no explanation," Trufant said. "The referee made the call and you've got to live with it, and that's how it is. ... You just live with the call, and you move on and try to get better."
The only call I questioned was the one in the end zone against Roy Williams where it looked like the Dallas receiver ran the wrong route and the two just got tied up. I also didn't think the ball was catchable.
Left tackle Damion McIntosh actually played solid, giving up a sack late against DeMarcus Ware. Seattle had more problems containing the Cowboys' defensive front inside, as the interior of the defense had a couple plays where they looked confused as to how they would handled inside blitzes and stunts.