SEATTLE -- The Seahawks were irredeemable Sunday.
Nothing about them suggested anything would improve anytime soon.
They were no match at home in a 24-7 loss to a Bucs team with a 1-12 record before Sunday.
Coach Jim Mora had challenged his offensive line to show more toughness. The offense was tough on Mora's eyes, but not on the Bucs. The Seahawks missed blocks, dropped passes and made horrible decisions, including when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw a backward pass following a scramble. Seattle looked like a team playing out the string.
This defeat surely must qualify as rock bottom for the Seahawks in 2009. The team's final two opponents, Green Bay and Tennessee, should be favored. Losing to the Packers or Titans by almost any margin might not approach the humiliation of this defeat to Tampa Bay.
The Seahawks might have to make significant personnel changes during the offseason to compete even within the division.
The focus should remain on which person will be responsible for making those changes. The Seahawks tried to bring back Mike Holmgren, only to have him decline their offer. Interim general manager Ruston Webster remains a candidate, but anyone even remotely associated with the current product on the field stands at a disadvantage.
The worse the Seahawks play, the more license the next general manager will have to shake up the team.