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Mora press conference: A heightened sense of urgency

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the team will have some players limited today in practice. And they will include quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who banged his shoulder against Detroit on Sunday.

Mora said Hasselbeck’s shoulder was sore going into the game, which was further aggravated when he made the tackle on the interception on the first offensive play of the game against Detroit.

However, Mora reiterated that Hasselbeck will play on Sunday.

Mora said the fact that injuries were minor and everyone will again be available for the second straight week is a positive for the organization.

Mora would not say if Damion McIntosh or Sean Locklear will be the starting left tackle this week, so we’ll see how that play out through the rest of practice. Mora said he’s been pleased with the way McIntosh has played so far.

“We like what he’s given us,” Mora said. “He’s very solid. He’s assimilated very well into the team. Regardless if he starts or Sean starts, or how we do that, we feel good about that position right now.”

And although he tried to downplay this Sunday’s Arizona game as just another road game, Mora did say there is a heightened sense of urgency to build on last week’s win against Detroit.

“There’s a tremendous sense of urgency to win this game,” Mora said. “A tremendous sense of urgency, just like there was a tremendous sense of urgency to win last game, and we’ve got to continue to prepare with that mindset. We’ve got to realize the significance of our situation, and I believe we do.”

Mora said it will be important to try and get pressure on Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who’s been sack the fifth fewest times in the league per pass attempt.

“People try to get pressure on him, and it’s tough,” he said. “When you watch people play him, you see varying degrees of success with pressure, as you do with sometimes three-man rush.

“So I think what’s important is you try and get pressure, you mix up coverages, you make plays on the ball, you make him make decisions with the ball in his hand to try and confuse him a little bit with disguise. But if you think you’re just going to knock him around all day, that hasn’t proven to be the case with him the last, couple of years. He’s too crafty. And he’s too quick getting rid of the football.”

Mora was a little surprised to hear that the Seahawks have not won a road game against a playoff team since 27-23 win over Minnesota on Dec. 12, 2004.

Asked what he would say to fans in order for them to keep the faith with the team playing the next three games on the road, Mora had this to say.

“That’s pretty compelling,” he said. “I would say know that we’re working as hard as we can and doing all that we can every single day to turn that around. And these next, two weeks we’re going to have two chances to do that.”