Seahawks coach Jim Mora not happy with his kicker after the game
Olindo Mare missed two field goals in loss to the Bears
Seattle Times staff reporter
Coach Jim Mora and kicker Olindo Mare could agree on one thing after Sunday's game.
Well, actually they agreed on two things since that's how many field-goal attempts Mare missed in Sunday's 25-19 loss to Chicago.
"They were just bad kicks," Mare said.
He won't get an argument from his coach in that regard after Mare missed a 43-yard attempt in the final minute of the first half and a 34-yard try in the third quarter.
"No excuses for those," Mora said. "If you're a kicker in the National Football League, you should make those kicks. Bottom line. End of story. Period. No excuses."
Doesn't sound like the coach was too happy with Seattle's field-goal kicking on Sunday.
"Gotta' make those kicks," Mora said. "Especially in a game like this where you're kicking and scratching and fighting and playing your tail off, and you miss those kicks.
"Not acceptable. Not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable."
When asked if he'll look at making a change, Mora said the team will look at changes everywhere before summarizing the situation by saying his team would not fight its rear-end off to have a field-goal kicker miss kicks.
One week ago, Mora served as Seattle's motivational speaker, a coach trying to rally a team whose quarterback spent the second half of a loss at the hospital. On Sunday, More was more somber, a coach whose team is 1-2 with a game at undefeated Indianapolis next week. And when it came to the kicking, Mora was somberly seething.
Mare missed both kicks toward the north end zone. Robbie Gould, a former Pro Bowler, missed the only field goal he attempted toward the north end zone, too, a 53-yard early in the first quarter.
"They pay us to do our job and that's part of my job," Mare said. "That's part of my job and I didn't do it very good."
Mare won Seattle's kicking job for two consecutive years, beating out Brandon Coutu, the Seahawks' seventh-round draft pick in 2008. Coutu was waived on Sept. 5 and has not been signed elsewhere.
Mare made four field goals and had two kickoffs go for touchbacks, but those two missed field goals were more than just the margin of difference in the game. If Mare had made just one of those two, the Seahawks would have been in position to kick a game-tying field goal in the final minute instead of needing a touchdown.
"I apologized to Seneca for putting him in a spot at the end of the game to drive 80 yards," Mare said.
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