Next Opponent: Struggling Seattle

Green Bay (9-5) hosts Seattle (5-9) on Sunday. The Seahawks are coming off a loss to Tampa Bay in which Matt Hasselbeck threw four interceptions. Our insiders provide a first glimpse inside Jim Mora Jr.'s Seahawks.

Jim Mora's first season as coach of the Seattle Seahawks reached a new low on Sunday, as his team lost at home to the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-7.

It's the first time the Seahawks have lost to a one-win team this late in the year since the team's inaugural season in 1976, when Seattle fell to the New York Giants on the road 28-16 on Nov. 28. The Giants were 1-10 heading into that game and finished 3-11. Seattle finished 2-12.

The Seahawks are 5-9, and with two games left at Green Bay and at home vs. Tennessee, Seattle might not win again this season.

"I've never been 5-9," Mora said. "This is all new to me. I'm trying to fight my way through it just like everybody else. Keep coaching hard, that's what we're trying to do."

Mora reiterated that Seattle was a four-win team last year, and had the extra motivation of trying to double that total coming into Sunday's game.

"Let's not lose track of that folks. We were a four-win team last year," he said. "So, we're going, 'Hey, we can double up our wins, we can be 5-2 at home, with a chance to be 6-2 at home.' So, it's really disappointing when that doesn't happen."

Asked what he believes teams around the league will think about the Seahawks after losing to the previously one-win Buccaneers, receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh offered this blunt assessment.

"We suck," he said. "I mean, I'm sure that's what they'll say. But it is what it is. You can't change it."

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had his worst performance of the season, finishing 27-of-46 for 256 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He also had a fumble, and finished with a 45.2 passer rating.

"That's just one of the disappointing things about today," Hasselbeck said. "One of my responsibilities is to protect the football, and clearly that wasn't the case today."

Asked about losing to Tampa Bay at home, Hasselbeck said, "I'm speechless about that. It's not something that I ever thought would happen."

Things got so bad for the Seahawks that they had to actually use 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback Kelly Jennings as a long snapper when the team's regular long snapper, Kevin Houser, suffered a punctured lung and had to be taken to the hospital.

Jennings said he last snapped in a game in high school, and practiced every Wednesday during the year just in case he'd have to play in a game.

"You know, he's 172 pounds dripping wet," Mora said about Jennings. "Not your prototypical long snapper in the National Football League. God forbid we would have had to try a field goal."

Trending: This was Matt Hasselbeck's second four-interception game of his Seattle career. His first came at Arizona on Oct. 24, 2004. He had an 18.9 passer rating that day, and Seattle lost 25-17.

Lineup watch: Rookie Max Unger had an uneven performance in his first start at center this season. Unger and regular starting center Chris Spencer switched positions, with Spencer moving to right guard because he struggled snapping the ball with his left hand after breaking his right thumb earlier this season.

Holmgren to Browns, not Seahawks With former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren announced as the new president of football operations for the Browns, Mora said during a Monday press conference that he had endorsed Holmgren's possible return to Seattle.

The Seahawks announced on Saturday in a prepared statement that Holmgren had turned down a similar offer to return as head of the team, but Holmgren refuted the team's version of the story in published reports, stating that the responsibilities the Seahawks offered were not similar to those offered in Cleveland.

Mora said he sent a letter to team CEO Tod Leiweke that he would be open to Holmgren returning as the lead football man of the organization.

"It's no secret that I'm a Mike Holmgren fan," he said. "And I was an advocate of him coming back to the point that I made my feelings known to the people that make those decisions.

"And I'm probably as disappointed as anybody that he decided to reject our offer and go onward. And I don't know the particulars. I just know that I absolutely have great regard for Mike Holmgren."

Mora said that Holmgren never contacted him about coming back to the Seahawks.

"That's not Mike's style," he said.

Asked about why he felt the need to express his feelings about the Holmgren situation, Mora said: "I just wanted to be clear about where I was and how I felt about them so there was no doubt."

Notes and quotes — Mora said Houser hopefully would be out of the hospital by Tuesday and home with his family for Christmas.

Houser suffered the injury while trying to cover a punt return, and he received pain medication during the game to try to gut his way through it. Ultimately, he couldn't go because of the injury and had to be transported to the hospital for his safety.

Mora said the team has reached out to old standby Jeff Robinson to take Houser's place for the last two weeks of the season. Robinson, who lives in the area, snapped for the Seahawks in 2007 and 2008.

— Mora said after reviewing the film that only time there might have been a question about wide receiver Deion Branch's effort was the team's last offensive play of the game, when Tampa Bay cornerback Elbert Mack came up with an interception.

Branch, who got his first start of the season in place of Nate Burleson, was targeted a team-high 10 times, but he finished with only four receptions for 28 yards. Three of Hasselbeck's four interceptions were thrown in the direction of Branch.

"When I analyzed it critically and objectively, he kind of got walled off the ball," Mora said. "Would I have loved to see just a tenacious, kicking, scratching effort to knock that ball down? Yes. Do I think he quit on the play? No."

— LB Aaron Curry (shoulder), Seattle first-round pick, is doubtful for Sunday. He injured his left shoulder and tried to get back on the field in the second half, but he couldn't get off a block on Carnell Williams' 22-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the third quarter.

— WR Nate Burleson has the boot off his ankle but is doubtful for Sunday. Mora said Burleson might play in the last game of the season. WR Ben Obomanu has a hamstring injury that he suffered against Tampa Bay, and he likely will not practice.

— WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh will miss Tuesday's practice to attend former teammate Chris Henry's funeral.

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