Around the NFC West: Seattle not competing?

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune questions the Seahawks' effort and intensity during their 38-17 defeat at Dallas. Boling: "I would debate (Jim) Mora’s contention that the Seahawks are really out there competing. They may be playing hard. They may be giving good effort, as he suggests. But that’s not all there is to competing. Very few players are stepping up to make plays. Very few are distinguishing themselves even in a loss. When they get behind, they tend to fall further behind. And that’s a real indictment. Some bad teams claw and fight and are just undermanned. The Seahawks are undermanned and seem almost resigned to it." I've gotten the same feeling in recent weeks.

Also from Boling: Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh says some players must not have much confidence. Houshmandzadeh: "It’s a confidence thing for some guys. I don’t know who those guys are. Only they know who they are. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but I’m sure that’s the case. But for the most part, when guys get to this level, the majority of guys don’t have that in them. But there has to be a reason for us to lose the games we’re losing by the margin we’re losing by. It’s unbelievable."

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks are hurting themselves on offense. Williams: "Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said the mistakes are even more frustrating because they are correctable miscues that the team should not be making this late in the season."

Also from Williams: The Cowboys went after Marcus Trufant in the cornerback's first game back from injury.

More from Williams: Mora's frustrations are showing more and more.

Jim Moore of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks are finished this season. He also predicts regime change in the front office once the season is finished. Moore: "Can we finally admit it? Can we put the injuries aside and call it what it is? Healthy or unhealthy, the Seahawks just aren't very good. Stop it with the excuses -- my guess is that even if Walter Jones, Mike Wahle and Marcus Trufant had answered the opening bell and if Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill were 100 percent, this team would still be average at best."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks were not competitive Sunday even though no one from the Cowboys enjoyed a particularly strong game, and left tackle Damion McIntosh held up better than expected.

Also from O'Neil: Trufant struggled in his first game back from injury. Three flags for pass interference hurt Seattle.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says everyone but the Seahawks could see this blowout coming. Brewer: "And here's the most sobering part about this loss: Reflect on it, and considering what you've seen over the past two seasons, this one wasn't that bad. Over the past 23 games (6-17 record), you've seen worse. The Seahawks lost a game by three touchdowns -- an indicator of a miserable effort -- and you're left clinging to what might have been if cornerback Marcus Trufant hadn't been whistled for three pass-interference penalties, or if Justin Forsett hadn't fumbled to set up Dallas' second touchdown, or if the replay officials had overturned Cowboys receiver Roy Williams' iffy touchdown catch."