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Mora out in Seattle

Posted on: January 8, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2010 8:17 am
A source close to the Seattle Seahawks confirmed today that the club has fired coach Jim Mora after one season.

According to a league source, the club has contacted Minnesota about permission to talk to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier about the head-coaching position -- but a source close to the Vikings could not confirm it. Reports on Friday night said that Frazier would interview for the position on Saturday.

One source said that Mora had been told by team CEO Tod Leiweke that he would be fired and that team owner Paul Allen wanted the change. With Mora's departure, the Seahawks are looking for a GM and a head coach, with some persons thinking that Allen may already have someone in mind for head coach.

Reports have centered on USC coach Pete Carroll, who last coached in the league with the New England Patriots in 1999. Carroll always said that if he ever returned to the NFL he would have to have complete authority -- something that would be possible in Seattle. He also said he wanted a franchise quarterback, and you have to wonder if Matt Hasselbeck qualifies. Injuries and poor play had him throwing more interceptions than touchdown passes the past two years. He also turns 35 this season. 
Category: NFL

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2010 6:12 pm

Mora out in Seattle

In some ways I am glad because as I have stated over and over Knapp had to go. I figured out his scheme and plan by the middle of the first quarter latest. If I can do it, then you can bet HC and DC's who get paid can figure it out too.  He was unwilling to change or unable to change on teh fly. If something was not workign he would stay with it. If it was workign he went away from it.  Mora looked like a deer in the headlights a lot this year.  There were injuries but nowhere near to the level that happened last year.  Mora could not motivate. Players were not buying into the plan as you can see from the comments of the players espcially the WR.  This and getting blown out 3 of the last 4 games just does not cut it.

I do not want to see Pete Carroll either not unless it is just coaching. We tried the combo gm/coach and Holmgren could get us to the playoffs and no farther. Our SB year was after we had the split and that is where it should stay.  I think the Hawks need to look into DeCosta and Keim as well as others for the GM spot and then decide the HC with the new GM's input.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2010 4:53 pm

Mora out in Seattle

I'm a loyal Seahawk fan... even through the VERY lean years past.  This team had made some strides in the Holmgren tenure put they're going the wrong way fast lately.  I feel bad for Jim Mora but I completely agree with the comments that he never got trust and buy-in from the players.  I fully expected him to be directed to fire the Offensive Coordinator and O-line coach.  The game plans they put in place were laughable (pathetic in fact) nearly every week.

I'm still a Hasslebeck fan; big fan.  As a matter of fact, I'm still a huge fan of any of the players who did continue to play with passion and commitment; guys like John Carlson, Chris Gray, Justin Forsett, Chris Spencer, Max Unger, Will Herring, David Hawthorne, Leroy Hill. I believe most of the Defense played hard all year but they need help.  I'm also a Gus Bradley fan.  I think he did a fine job as a first year Defensive Coordinator.  He'll land on his feet with another team.  On the other hand, I think Greg Knapp landed on his head when he came to Seattle.  The Offense had no scheme.  The game plan always seemed as if they were afraid to try.  The offensive line problems were much deeper than injuries too; like coaching.  It was only made more evident by diminishing skills due to age and/or injuries.

This team needs a new head coach who can command the respect and commitment of his team.  They need a coach who will put together a game plan that's aggressive but still achievable by the players they have to work with.  They need an Offensive line coach who can teach them run blocking and pass protection better than their current "screen door on a submarine" techniques.  This team also needs a new GM that knows the sport (not just the business) and who demands commitment.  The Sea
hawks have two relatively high first round draft picks (#6 & #14) and an early 2nd rounder (10th?) this year and they need a GM who knows what to do with them (I say use them on stud offensive linemen and/or defensive backs)... and they need to stop hiring aging free agents with one or two more good years left as long as the bandaids and pain killers don't run out first.  Let's get on with it.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2010 3:36 pm

Mora out in Seattle

also they are eyeing Pete Carroll too, as for Mora, i think he should've kept his job, but it seems that the Seahawks want to make a bigger splash.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2010 3:17 pm

Mora should have never received the job

He was not a good coach in  Atlanta, and was lucky to be in the NFC championship game.  The team won in spite of him.  He is the guy who said, while the coach in Atlanta, that Washington was his dream job.  That's nothing compared, though, to saying while in Atlanta that if he were going to start an NFL team, and could choose from anyone in the NFL, he would first choose M Vick.  The guy is a loser.  Even after his father told him, and everyone else, Vick was a coach killer, he refused to listen, and wasn't smart enough to figure it out himself.  Seattle corrected their mistake and sent him packing.  The next fun thing to watch for is someone giving Vick a big contract.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 3:17 pm

Mora out in Seattle

I completely agree. But why let Holmgren go the Browns...doesn't make sense. Needs OL, CB ,RB in tht order....I live around the Raider Nation, and Again It's been a hard year to be a Seahawk fan.

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2010 3:16 pm

Mora out in Seattle

Also a hawks fan... (Live in Seattle).  (As you can see, a Raider fan first).

Mora was rumored to not have the buy in of his team.  It DID show.... Lot's of players were giving lackluster efforts.  No matter what anyone says, they were a passionless team and Mora's job is 3 things;  Put a working game plan in place that put's them in games, Get the most out of the men he has and WIN.

He did NONE of those. 

He lost this job by virtue of NOT filling any of the basic job descriptions of an NFL coach.  I too liked Mora, but this was a complete failure by a head coach.  (And don't give me the O-line point as we have seen other NFL teams win more games with similarly poor O-lines, or worse (JAX, Miami, Green Bay, Chicago, Carolina, San Fran.)

I wouldn't have said this in week 8, but after the finish the Hawks had, I was SICK.  Mora deserved the Axe more then the Raiders coach does even with all the bad press, and that is a statement to think about.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2010 3:03 pm

Mora out in Seattle

I'm a die hard Hawks Fan, and I'm shocked right now... Mora deserved at least 1 more year to see what he is really made of... I don't want to turn into the Raiders or the down the street Huskies and hire a new coach every year... that just don't work... I liked the passion Mora had, and I hope he goes on to Win with someone else to show us that our management was wrong to fire him...  SEAHAWKS WILL BE WINNERS AGAIN

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 2:39 pm

Mora out in Seattle

If Frazier was smart. he would stay with the Vikings for at least one more year before leaving, if he stays this year he will build his rep even higher so he can make more money as a head coach and coach a better team.

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