In his usual Monday morning press conference, Seahawks head coach Jim Mora Jr. had a few things to say about his team, hoping to either find what he's looking for or to light a fire under this team.
Mora's quote was, "We are going to find out who the strong people are, and they are going to be here fighting with us until the end."
He would go on to say, "and we're going to find out who the victims are, and they aren't going to be with us fighting to the end".
So to put that in perspective, as the season plays out, all 53 players on the Seahawks roster are going to have to play for their futures after this season.
The ones who fight day in and day out will stay no matter what. The players who shoot their mouth off and don't fight every game definitely won't be back after the season.
Walter Jones and Lofa Tatupu, I assume are not involved with this new regime and don't have to worry about their job futures knowing they are both on IR.
Now, I didn't hear Mora mention the coaching staff or himself as "on notice," which I really think is unfair.
If players don't want to play for a coach or don't want to fight for a coach, then I don't see why that coach deserves to remain at his post.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, brought in by Jim Mora Jr., hurt the Seattle Seahawks' offense even before they played a snap of the 2009 season.
What do I mean by that exactly?
The Seahawks offense, led by Matt Hasselbeck, has always been a pass first offense and a pass heavy offense.
What is Greg Knapp's offensive style?
Run first and often.
It never was supposed to fit in with the Seattle Seahawks' "passing offense."
However, thanks to Jim Mora Jr. wanting to hook up with one of his old buddies from Atlanta, which I'm getting very tired of, he decided to bring in Knapp as the offensive coordinator.
If someone were to hand me a list of possible offensive coordinators this past offseason, and then hand me a list of all the players on the Seahawks offense, there is no way in heck I would have even looked at a run-first coach to be an offensive coordinator for the Seahawks.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has always thrived and been at his elite form when the Seahawks are in a pass first offense or a pass heavy offense like they were in 2007 under Mike Holmgren.
In 2007, Hasselbeck threw for almost 4,000 yards (finished with 3,966) and 28 touchdown passes.
Hasselbeck didn't have the world’s greatest offensive line. He was sacked 33 times and finished third in attempts for rushing with 39 attempts.
So it shows, if you have the right coaching staff in place, and stay committed to it you can go a long way.
So getting back to the original point with Greg Knapp and the rest of the coaching staff.
It's right for Jim Mora to put his team on notice and tell them that they have to play for their future jobs, at least in Seattle.
What I don't think is right is not putting any blame on the coaching staff for failure to launch.
Mora's defense has also been taking a turn for the worst in the past few weeks, so not only is the blame on the players and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, Jim Mora Jr. also needs to be playing for his future in Seattle.
With the rumors circulating about Mike Holmgren returning to the Seahawks as the EVP and GM after the season is over, you can bet if Jim Mora Jr. doesn't get this team fighting for him and everyone else, Mora won't be holding a job title in the Seahawks coaching staff.
So my message to Mora and the rest of the coaching staff is this:
You first have to play to your strength on both sides of the football. On offense, being into four and five WR sets and throwing the ball around to all your big money receivers. On defense, it's either blitz heavy or just blitz four and put everyone else back in pass protection.
Then, if the team is still not winning or at least putting up a fight, you can put your players on notice.
A man who blames others and puts others on notice before himself never deserves to be leading anything.
The head coach takes responsibility but continues to strive to his team that they also need to keep putting the foot on the gas.
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