Around the NFC West: Seahawks 5-11

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks aren't close to winning even though they kept the score close against Tennessee. Boling: "Only two of the 11 losses were by less than double-digit margins. The Seahawks were outscored 100-37 in the first quarter of games this season. They allowed opposing quarterbacks to put together a cumulative passer rating of 93.4 compared to their own 76.7. They came up with only 13 interceptions to opponents’ 19. They operated at a 5-minute deficit in average time of possession. They sacked opponents 28 times compared to the 41 they suffered. Three of their five wins came over 1-15 St. Louis (twice) and 2-14 Detroit." Losing the final four games should prevent anyone associated with the Seahawks from thinking anything too positive about this lost season.

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says change is around the corner for Seattle after a 5-11 season. Coach Jim Mora: "I'm trying to win every football game that I ever go out and play. If I'm fortunate enough to continue coaching, then that's what I will continue to do because I've had a lot of success with that attitude."

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says Mora welcomed questions even though he didn't really have answers for what went wrong. Kelley: "He was handed a losing roster and told to win with it. And a month before the end of the season, his president and general manager, Tim Ruskell, bailed on him, leaving only Mora to answer for everything that was broken with the franchise. Who could blame him if he got a little wiggy from time to time? As he has all season, Mora worked the sideline Sunday like a politician. He punched players in the shoulder pads. Smacked them on their helmets. Clapped his hands and yelled in their faces, looking for his fire to be requited. When Matt Hasselbeck chopped down Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan with a textbook block on Justin Forsett's 17-yard run, Mora ran out on the field and slapped hands with his quarterback. But Mora couldn't prevent the inevitable mistakes."

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks lack playmakers. Brewer: "Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and the offensive line receive the brunt of the blame for that unit's ineffectiveness. But even if the Seahawks had a decent line and extraordinary play-calling, they'd still be lacking at the skill positions. They don't have a legitimate starting running back. They don't have wide receivers who scare you. Tight end John Carlson is a good player who didn't get the ball enough this season, but he can't carry an offense." An improved offensive line and a more dynamic running back would transform the Seattle offense. Even without a dynamic wideout, the team wasn't bad at receiver when Nate Burleson was healthy.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Matt Hasselbeck as saying there were times Sunday when the Seattle offense seemed like its old self again.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says Deion Branch stepped up for the Seahawks after a tumultuous week.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says improvement from Hasselbeck was not enough.

Also from Williams: Lawyer Milloy says Mora should get another year to prove himself. Milloy: "Obviously, I think highly of him and I’m biased toward him. I think everybody in the league deserves at least two years to get it right. You want to see if guys are still responding to him in a positive way, and I think it was evident today that guys were."