A fine focus

Posted Dec 28, 2009

While others are attempting to look past the season finale against the Titans, coach Jim Mora is concerning himself only with trying to win Sunday’s game.

Former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox used to refer to it as “having a fine focus on the task at hand.” In horseracing, they use the term “will be racing with blinders on.” Or just call it tunnel vision.

Any, and all, describe the approach coach Jim Mora is taking to the Seahawks’ season finale against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on Sunday.

Mora dissected Sunday’s 48-10 loss to the Packers that night after the team returned from Green Bay because, as he put it, “I wanted to get that out of my system.” That also left him free to dive into video of the Titans’ offense on Monday morning.

So while reporters at Mora’s weekly day-after Q&A session were trolling for answers to big-picture, down-the-road scenarios, the coach would not look past Sunday’s game.

Asked about what the arrival of a new general manager to replace Tim Ruskell might mean to the systems implemented by Mora this season and players currently on the roster, he said, “I don’t know. Really, honestly, I’m just trying to think about trying to beat the Tennessee Titans. There’s a lot of time for that afterwards … but I have to stay focused on the Tennessee Titans. That’s really what I have to do.”

Asked what kind of impact the new “boss” might have on Mora and his staff, he said, “Honestly, I just want to beat the Tennessee Titans.”

“Effort is not an issue,” Mora said. “People always are going to bring up the question of effort when you get beat bad. That’s not an issue. Not at all.”

Asked if he would see it right away if there was a lack of effort, Mora said, “It sticks out to the coach. Let me just be very clear: There is no lack of effort on this football team.”

“But all I can say is – having firsthand knowledge of it, having been around the league for my entire life, being in the locker room and on the practice field with these guys every day and on the sidelines with them – effort is not an issue. It’s just simply not an issue. And if it was, I’ve been honest with you guys all year, I’d tell you if it was. And it’s not. It’s just not. There are other issues, but effort is not one of them.” 

While he did not want to look ahead, Mora did take a quick glance in the rearview mirror to the season-opening 28-0 shutout of the St. Louis Rams at Qwest.

“We’re going to try to finish the way we started – with a big win at home,” he said.