Have the Players Lost Faith in Knapp?

Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora addressed concerns about his inconsistent offense on Wednesday, amid veiled comments from players that seemed to signal discontent with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's play calling.

During a segment on a Seattle-area radio station on Tuesday, receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh commented on the Seahawks struggles offensively. Seattle has only scored three touchdowns in the last three games, and 24 total points during that time period. "When you bring guys together, No. 1, you have to trust the people that are making decisions," Houshmandzadeh said. "You've got to trust the people that are calling plays. You've got to trust everything that's going on in order for things to work.

"If that trust is not there, you're always going to second-guess things."

So do the players have trust in the offense? Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp believes the answer is yes.

"Most definitely," Knapp said. "A lot of it too is just growth with each other -- what do certain guys do well. A lot of times it doesn't occur until games, when you find out what plays are good with certain players.

"The more reps we get at it, the closer we'll get to getting more consistent."

Mora said even though his team has been outscored 106-24 in the last three games, he has seen individual signs of progress. Specifically, even with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck throwing as many touchdowns (16) as interceptions this season, Mora isn't ready to say that the team's switch to a zone blocking scheme and run-first approach to set up play-action passes does not fit the team's personnel.

"I think in general yeah, our personnel and the style of play we have fits what we're trying to do," Mora said. "I think it's been a struggle for us offensively to find consistency, given some of the obstacles we had to overcome, especially early which I've talked about at length. So we'll address all of those issues when the time is right."

Mora also pointed to the fact that his team has done a better job of running the ball of late, averaging 4.58 yards per carry the last two weeks.

"I think we've had a little more consistency up front with the players," Mora said. "Now we did shuffle the guard and the center a little bit, but they were guys that were playing. The left side of our line has developed some consistency. Guys are starting to understand the scheme better, and how the backside cutoff blocks are important.

"Repetition and guys are making some good runs. But we have over the course of the last five or six games -- excluding the Houston game where we got way down -- we have run the ball well."

SERIES HISTORY: 14th regular-season meeting. Seahawks leads the series 9-4. It dates back to the franchise's years as the Houston Oilers before they moved to Nashville and became the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks have won the last five contests over Tennessee.


--The league announced the 2010 roster for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, and for the first time since 2000 the Seattle Seahawks were shut out, one of six teams to not have a player on the list. Walter Jones had made the Pro Bowl every year since 2001 heading into this season. Two former Seahawks made the team -- Philadelphia fullback Leonard Weaver and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson.

The Seahawks did have two alternates selected in kicker Olindo Mare and punter Jon Ryan.

--The Seahawks are the last team to stand in the way of Tennessee running back Chris Johnson reaching the 2,000-yard mark, becoming the sixth back in league history to do so. Johnson sits at 1,872 yards, 128 from 2000.

"He's a real patient runner," Seattle head coach Jim Mora said. "And what he does is he sets himself up real well by getting players to over-commit, and then using his speed to capitalize on guys getting out of their gaps. So really for us it's about being fundamentally sound and playing proper gap control."

--Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu participated in practice for the first time this week on Wednesday after missing most of last week's practice time and Sunday's game with a hamstring strain. Obomanu should be available on Sunday against Tennessee, and will be Seattle's fourth receiver.

BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- The number of interceptions Seattle has on the season, which ranks 22nd in the league.

1 -- The numbers of sacks Seattle has in the last three games.

9 -- The number of interceptions Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has thrown in the last three games, all losses for the Seahawks.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know what it is. I do, but I'm not going to say what I feel about that situation. I don't think it's right." -- Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, when asked about the reasons for Seattle's struggles on offense.


Seattle put receiver Mike Hass on injured reserve and signed guard Trevor Canfield from Arizona's practice squad on Wednesday. Canfield was a seventh-round pick by the Cardinals in this year's draft. Seattle also signed receiver Patrick Carter, most recently with Tampa Bay, to its practice squad. Carter replaces cornerback Trae Williams on the roster. Williams has been signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers active roster. Also, defensive end Derek Walker, who was waived Saturday to clear a spot for Hass, has been claimed by the San Francisco 49ers.


--WR Nate Burleson will miss his third game this week due to a high-ankle sprain he suffered against Houston in Week 13.

--LB Aaron Curry remains doubtful for this Sunday after missing last week's game at Green Bay with a shoulder injury.

--RB Julius Jones did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday's game after suffering rib and ankle injuries last week at Green Bay.

--CB Josh Wilson (hip) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday's game.

--LB Leroy Hill woke up with a swollen knee on Wednesday and did not practice, but Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said it's nothing serious.

--WR Mike Hass was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder, and the team used his roster spot to pick up offensive lineman Trevor Canfield off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.

GAME PLAN: Seattle will stack the box defensively in order to stop talented Tennessee running back Chris Johnson from reaching 2,000 yards and force Titans quarterback Vince Young to beat them. Offensively, expect the Seahawks to come out throwing in order to give Matt Hasselbeck some much-needed confidence after back-to-back bad games.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Titans RB Chris Johnson, who only needs 128 yards to reach 2,000, vs. Seahawks defense. Besides a disastrous game against Frank Gore earlier this season where they allowed the San Francisco back to rush for 207 yards, Seattle has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season, so expect Johnson to have to work for his yards on Sunday.

Titans CB Cortland Finnegan, who has five interceptions on the season, vs. Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Finnegan is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the league. He'll likely be lined up opposite of Houshmandzadeh on Sunday. The veteran Seattle receiver has 76 catches and is seeking to top 80 receptions for the fourth time in his career.

INJURY IMPACT: LB Aaron Curry (shoulder), RB Julius Jones (rib), LB Leroy Hill (knee) and CB Josh Wilson (hip) all did not practice on Wednesday.

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