Mondays with Mora
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Seattle coach Jim Mora began Monday's press conference by assessing the situation of two injured players:
Will Jones be the starter this week?
"I can't answer that right now," Mora said. "We'll just have to see where we are when the week goes on."
That uncertainty is based on health, though, and not the pecking order.
"Julius is our starting running back," Mora said.
So if Jones is healthy, he will start.
"If he's fully healthy," Mora said, "and he's had a full week of practice and everybody feels comfortable that he can bear the brunt of the workload that he would need to handle to be effective then he would start. But that being said, Justin has earned the right to carry the ball off of what he did at Arizona and what he did this week. So we're going to make sure he gets touches, but if we can have two guys run the ball effectively, then that's going to help us."
"That was Matt being a heads-up, smart quarterback aware of the situation," Mora said. "That was a nice play by him. Part of being an effective running team is having a threat out the back door, and whether it be a bootleg or a quarterback who can tuck it away and run. I think through the game, Matt got the feeling that they weren't respecting his tremendous running ability out the back side and he decided to pull it down and go, and it really was a good time to do it."
Basically, Hasselbeck was looking at the left defensive end, who was pursuing the running back hard inside. That left the defense vulnerable to a bootleg, and the result was a 19-yard rush.
Finally, a report that president Tim Ruskell was told he won't be re-signed
Q: Can you comment on the reports that there might be a change with general manager?
Mora: "I haven't seen those reports, I'm sorry."
Q: Has nothing been addressed with your staff and the players, then?
Mora: No. We're pretty involved with St. Louis Rams cleanup and San Francisco prep. We live in a cave. We're cavemen.
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