NFL Nation: Bucs-Seahawks
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.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Seahawks combined inept offense with an often pedestrian defense to fall further from relevance in the NFC West. They are 1-5 heading into a Week 8 matchup at San Francisco, a game featuring teams that have suffered a combined seven defeats in a row.
Seattle lost more than the game against Tampa Bay. Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, already suffering through a subpar season by his standards, did not return after suffering an unspecified injury of unknown severity.
Injured quarterback Matt Hasselbeck may or may not return in the next week or two, but the Seahawks shouldn't fool themselves into thinking everything will be fine if and when Hasselbeck returns to the lineup. The Seahawks' season was spiraling downward before a recurring back issue sidelined Hasselbeck indefinitely.
Seattle converted only twice on third down. The Bucs converted 10 of 18 times. The Seahawks' defense still kept the score close enough for a team with a competent offense to challenge. But the Seattle passing offense poses virtually no threat in its current state. The situation at receiver remains disjointed at best. The offensive line isn't meeting expectations.
The running game and special teams were problematic for Seattle last season. Those areas were relatively strong against the Bucs, no consolation after a third consecutive defeat.