Forget Forsett, Mora says Jones is still Seahawks' top RB

Published on December 4, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

Justin Forsett returns a kickoff 46 yards against the Detroit LionsEveryone thinks the Seahawks have found a new lead running back in Justin Forsett.

That is, everyone except Jim Mora.

“No, Julius (Jones) is our starter. He’s our starting running back,” Seattle’s coach said Monday, adding he hasn’t even thought about demoting Jones while he remains pained by a bruised lung.

Forsett has emerged as a diminutive dynamo while Jones, the formerly deposed Dallas Cowboy signed to replace Shaun Alexander as Seattle’s No. 1 rusher before last season, has been out.

The 5-foot-8 Forsett, drafted in the seventh round out of California in 2008, ran for 123 yards three weeks ago at Arizona. Sunday at St. Louis, the 24-year-old filled in again for Jones and romped for 130 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns — all career highs — as the Seahawks won their first road game in six tries.

Forsett had 123 yards total through seven games before Jones got hurt and was coughing up blood Nov. 15 at Arizona.

Yet Mora said Jones will not lose his job because of injury.

That’s even though the 28-year-old Jones has one 100-yard game this season, way back in the opener against the Rams. Jones is also averaging just 3.7 yards per carry to Forsett’s 5.7 and has half as many rushing touchdowns as Forsett’s four.

The Seahawks were 30th in the league in rushing before Forsett’s performance on Sunday. Mora says he’s sticking with Jones even though Seattle (4-7) probably ought to use the season’s final five games to determine whether the club needs to draft a running back early in April’s draft.

“If he’s fully healthy, and he’s had a full week of practice, and everybody feels comfortable that he would be able to bear the workload that he would have to handle to be effective, then he would start,” Mora said of Jones’ status for Sunday’s home game against San Francisco (5-6).

“But, that being said, Justin’s earned the right to carry the ball. … So we’re going to make sure he gets touches.”

Mora said he expects Jones to be able to practice this week — though he noted Jones also practiced last week before telling trainers before Sunday’s game he was “still feeling tenderness to the touch, pain.”

“I believe he will be ready (to play against the 49ers), but I can’t say with 100-percent certainty,” Mora said.

Seattle’s Sunday was a revelation for a team that set a franchise low with just 4 yards on 13 rushes the previous week against Minnesota. The Seahawks romped for a season-high 170 in 31 runs in St. Louis.

Then again, it was against the 1-10 Rams. Seattle’s previous season high in rushing came against them. The Seahawks have just eight wins in the last two seasons. Four of them have come against St. Louis.

Even banged up quarterback Matt Hasselbeck felt the urge to rush on the Rams. The 34-year-old with broken ribs, a tender back and sore shoulder improvised in the third quarter, keeping the ball on a naked bootleg for 19 yards before not so smoothly running out of bounds to avoid the only defender who came near him.

“There’s some gray area in this offense,” Hasselbeck joked. “That was my Mike Vick moment, (except) I got 15 yards downfield and I didn’t know what else to do.”

Mora, Vick’s coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06, used to name similar plays “18 Force QB,” to give Vick the option to take off if he saw fit.

Vick’s old coach laughed over the far less elusive Hasselbeck calling Sunday’s surprise his “Vick moment.”

“He did? He used those words?” Mora said. “I was not going to use those words.”

Seattle’s only injury news was that Cory Redding is the latest Seahawk to have a concussion. The big defensive lineman will have to pass a series of tests throughout the week to have any chance of playing Sunday.

Starting cornerback Marcus Trufant and Josh Wilson recently returned from concussions. Left tackle Brandon Frye had his season end on Oct. 13 because of a head and neck injury.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

141219irvin660

Six ways the Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16

A look at the six scenarios that would allow the Seahawks to clinch a postseason berth this weekend. Earlier ...
141214-thomas-660

Seahawks use second-half adjustments to dispatch 49ers

After trailing at the half, the Seahawks came out determined to alter their fate and did just that ...
141208chancellor660

Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ defense: ‘It’s the guys playing it’

After the statement made by the Seahawks’ defense in Sunday’s suffocating performance against what had been a prolific ...
141203hawkville660

Seahawks take ‘Honors R Us’ approach when it comes to awards

Just as Kam Chancellor did after being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Seahawks’ victory ...
10Szvx.AuSt.5

Pete Carroll’s relationship with Seahawks owner Paul Allen “really couldn’t be better”

Pete Carroll apparently doesn’t have the same “recessive gene” Jim Harbaugh has. You may have heard about 49ers chief ...
123456

Seahawks’ defense more dominant the last two games than it was last season

Suddenly, the Seattle Seahawks have gone from meandering to monstrous again. So what’s changed? How has a defense that ...
141128lynch600

Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson have Seahawks’ offense running in the right direction

On a night when the Seahawks’ defense was the big story in a 19-3 victory over the San ...
141124wagner660

Bobby Wagner goes from not playing for five games to playing all but one play vs Cardinals

After missing five games with a toe injury, Bobby Wagner was back at middle linebacker for Sunday’s win ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz