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Monday, November 24, 2008
Around the NFC West: Harsh Hasselbeck

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune has a tough time criticizing Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after another interception-filled performance. Besides, no one is tougher on Hasselbeck than the quarterback himself.

Gary Washburn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Julius Jones remains mystified by his lack of playing time. Mike Holmgren gave most of the carries to Maurice Morris, who responded with a 100-yard rushing performance against the Redskins.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson, who experienced another Sunday filled with activity. Also, the Seahawks are 1-5 at Qwest Field this season.

Also from Farnsworth: Former Seahawks cornerback Shawn Springs takes advantage of his former team.

Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, who played no role in the Redskins' victory Sunday. Alexander: "When the time comes, I will do damage."

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says it's fair to wonder if the Seahawks should have done more to keep Jim Zorn.

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times takes it a step further by saying Zorn would have been a better choice than Jim Mora as the Seahawks' next head coach.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says Zorn wanted to renew acquaintances at Qwest Field, but doing so would have distracted from his mission as Redskins coach.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' inability to force turnovers continues to haunt them. The defense forced one big one against the Redskins, but the offense couldn't capitalize.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks came unraveled in the third quarter despite Wilson's long kick return to start the second half.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times surveys the Seattle coaching scene as Holmgren, Zorn and Mora converge at Qwest Field. There are enough rumors to go around.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times describes Hasselbeck has "empty" following another difficult defeat. At least the quarterback didn't need an IV this time.

Also from O'Neil: Seattle will suffer its first losing season since 2002.