Count Seahawks head coach Jim Mora as a follower of the golden rule.
Asked about the end of the play in the second quarter of Sunday’s game where after a sack by teammate Clark Haggans, Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett squashed Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s throat with his elbow, Mora said if it isn’t against the rules, then his players should be doing it to.
Mora said he turned in 17 plays to the NFL officiating office on Monday, which he said is probably three times as many as he has turned in for any game during his four years as a head coach. And one of the plays he turned in included Dockett’s elbow to the throat.
Dockett was not called for a penalty on the play. He did earn a personal foul call later in the game on a face mask when tackling Justin Forsett.
“I don’t like when it’s our quarterback, but if they’re not going to call it then I’d like to see our guys do it to their quarterback,” Mora said. “If they’re not going to call it. I don’t know what the rule is. I haven’t heard back yet, so I don’t know what they’re seeing there. But if that’s not going to be called, then we should be doing it.”
Asked if Dockett’s actions should be called, more responded: “Yeah, absolutely. But if it’s not going to be, then we should be doing it.”
Asked if he should be advocating his players doing those types of things on the field, Mora had this to say: “If it’s legal I can. If it’s illegal, then it would be called. If it’s legal than we should be doing it.
“I would never advocate us doing anything illegal, nor would I ever advocate us doing anything that would intentionally harm another player. But if that’s legal and the league is not going to call that, then we should be doing it, because it has an affect on the quarterback when he can’t breathe.
“When Matt’s getting up and he can’t breathe,” said Mora, simulating his quarterback gasping for air. “Boy, I’d like to see their quarterback doing that. It’s a vicious game. I’m not saying anything that anyone else wouldn’t say.”
Mora said running back Julius Jones suffered a bruised lung, after reporting on Sunday it was cracked rib. Mora said today Jones, who returned to Seatle today, may have suffered the cracked rib.
Jones is unlikely to play on Sunday against Minnesota, Mora said.
“They just took the proper precautions in not having him travel yesterday with that injury,” Mora said.
Mora said other than Jones all the players are relatively healthy.
Mora said after watching the film that he thought his team played better against Arizona than it did a week earlier in a win over Detroit at home.
“Not getting the win just makes it bitter, but I saw improvement,” Mora said.
On the lack of pass rush, Mora said the team had data that stated Kurt Warner’s completion percentage goes down when teams only rush three up front. He said Seattle rushed only three guys on 16 plays, and 13 of those were what the team considers positive plays.
On the flip side, Mora said when they did bring five guys Seattle gave up big plays in the passing game, including two long passing plays.
“We were just trying to mix it in there,” Mora said. “He is so good at recognizing what you’re trying to do defensively in terms of bringing pressure that he can really make you pay. And that’s years of experience.”
But Mora also said the team has to do a better job of getting to the passer with three or four guys up front.
Mora said the team will not run more plays for Seneca because they want to get better at running the base offense consistently before adding to the playbook
“We want to try and come up with a wrinkle or two each week,” Mora said. “But to do 10 each game, that’s going to take us away from what we’re trying to establish, at this point.”