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  • seahawks head coach mora is fired, pete carroll hired?

    just heard it from the nfc west blogger from espn.

  • #2
    Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired

    Originally posted by tdog08 View Post
    just heard it from the nfc west blogger from espn.
    Yahoo is reporting this as well...but it's not confirmed from the team ...yet.
    sigpic :ram::helmet:


    • #3
      Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired

      It's been confirmed on, Leslie Frazier has already been lined up for an interview.


      • #4
        Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired

        Mora fired; Carroll targeted, sources say
        By Chris Mortensen
        Friday, January 8, 2010

        Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora has been fired, the first coach in team history to be let go after one season, and league sources say longtime USC coach Pete Carroll is being targeted as Mora's replacement.

        Mora attended a meeting Friday morning with management, at which time he was told by Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke that he did not win enough games to save his job. The Seahawks lost their final four games to finish 5-11.

        Mora was shocked by his dismissal, believing that when he was called to Lieweke's office that he they would be in discussion about the team's vacant general manager's job, Seahawks sources said.

        "We've made a tough decision today," Leiweke said in a statement. "It became apparent after conducting an extensive internal audit that a new direction was needed to provide an opportunity for the organization to be successful. Today's decision, while difficult, is part of the process in building a franchise with a new vision in 2010."

        As for the possibility of being courted by the Seahawks, Carroll said via text message: "You know I haven't responded to a NFL question in two years."

        But a league source said Carroll is interested in the job and is trying to persuade USC offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to join him in Seattle -- as opposed to Bates pursuing the same position with the Chicago Bears.

        Said another source close to Carroll: "You're about to see a big headline that shakes up the major college football world," in reference to the Seahawks' development. The Seahawks did not confirm Carroll as a leading candidate but also did not deny it.

        The Seahawks are now charged with hiring a coach as well as a general manager; Tim Ruskell, who picked Mora to be Holmgren's replacement, resigned as GM during the season. Seattle spoke to Holmgren about the opening, but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement before the end of the regular season.

        The Seahawks plan to begin interviewing general manager candidates next week.

        "This team, more importantly this community, means so much to me that it hurts not being able to see this through," Mora said in a team-issued statement. "I am disappointed I did not get the chance to complete my contract. This is a tough business that sometimes demands immediate gratification."

        Mora joined the Seahawks in February 2008 on a five-year contract that called for him to transition to head coach once Mike Holmgren retired. Mora was an assistant for the 2008 season, then succeeded Holmgren.

        Seattle is 9-23 since its last playoff appearance in January 2008, after winning four consecutive NFC West titles.

        Mora is believed to have about $12 million remaining on the final three years of his contract.

        Once Mora was fired, the Seahawks called the Minnesota Vikings to seek permission to interview defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, a source told's John Clayton.

        However, a source said Frazier declined.


        • #5
          Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired

          So after conducting an extensive internal audit Mora was fired.

          What exactly is an extensive internal audit?

          Did Mora rob a vending machine or something?
          sigpic :ram::helmet:


          • #6
            Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired

            Originally posted by laram0 View Post
            So after conducting an extensive internal audit Mora was fired.

            What exactly is an extensive internal audit?

            Did Mora rob a vending machine or something?
            Sounds like a rubber glove could have been involved.


            • #7
              Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired, pete carroll hired?

              Now it seems the pete carrol from USC is on their wishlist. Not the first person i saw coming.


              • #8
                Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired, pete carroll hired?

                They said Pete Caroll is hired basically already agreed in terms with them


                • #9
                  Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired, pete carroll hired?

                  Wow, one year to make your mark and improve a team that went 4-12 the previous season is asking a lot. I guess the timing was right with "savior" Pete Carroll.

                  I hate Pete Carroll, so having him coach the Seahawks works perfectly!


                  • #10
                    Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired, pete carroll hired?

                    Seahawks fire Mora, reach agreement with USC's Carroll
           Wire Reports

                    The Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora on Friday after just one season, and have already reached an agreement with USC coach Pete Carroll, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora is reporting.

                    Carroll has reached an agreement with the Seahawks on the major principles in a contract to become coach and director of football operations, but has not signed a contract, according to La Canfora.

                    The Seahawks are moving forward with their GM search, as John Schneider and Marc Ross are still scheduled to interview for the vacancy, reports Jason La Canfora.
                    Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was one of several candidates interviewed for the vacant position, league officials told La Canfora, putting the Seahawks in compliance with all regulations for their coaching search. Interviewing Frazier allowed Seattle to satisfy the Rooney Rule, in which teams have to interview at least one minority candidate for the job.

                    The Seahawks expect an announcement within a few days.

                    Carroll's agent, Gary Uberstine, did not return calls and e-mails from The Associated Press. The Seahawks are not commenting and chief executive Tod Leiweke did not return repeated messages Saturday.

                    NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported that Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke and a staff of team executives, including legal counsel Lance Lopes, met with Carroll. The relationship started because of Lopes and his brother, Steve Lopes, who is on the USC staff as a senior associate athletic director, according to Lombardi.

                    Carroll was 6-10 in 1994 with the New York Jets and then 27-21 while twice reaching the playoffs from '97-99 with the New England Patriots. He restored a dynasty at USC beginning in 2001.

                    A month before firing Mora, the Seahawks forced general manager and president Tim Ruskell to resign. That left them without a coach, general manager or president less than four years after they reached the Super Bowl.

                    The Los Angeles Times reported that Seattle -- owned by Microsoft Corp. tycoon Paul Allen -- is believed to be offering Carroll a five-year contract worth $7 million a season to be president and coach. That would be a raise of more than $2 million annually on what Carroll is thought to be earning at USC.

                    University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, who left his friend Carroll and the Trojans 12 months ago for his first head coaching job, chuckled when asked if he'd like to be a head coach in the same city as his mentor.

                    Elaine Thompson / Associated Press
                    Jim Mora was the first coach in Seahawks history to be let go after just one season with the team.

                    Seahawks' all-time coaches
                    Coach Season(s) W-L
                    Jim Mora 2009 5-11*
                    Mike Holmgren 1999-2008 91-85
                    Dennis Erickson 1995-1998 5-11*
                    Tom Flores 1992-1994 14-34*
                    Chuck Knox 1983-1991 80-63
                    Jack Patera 1976-1982 48-69
                    * Did not make playoffs
                    "That'd be kind of fun," Sarkisian said.

                    "I'm so used to hearing people talk about Pete Carroll going to the NFL, they've been saying it for the last seven years when I was with him, so it's not new to me," Sarkisian said. "It doesn't surprise me at all. Every year. You can't find a year in the last seven years where it hasn't been brought up."

                    Leiweke, acting on the orders of owner Paul Allen, fired Mora during a morning meeting at team headquarters, ending a four-week internal evaluation the CEO conducted of his floundering franchise.

                    Hours later, the team confirmed the firing in a news release. On Sunday, Mora finished his only season in Seattle 5-11, after taking over his hometown team at the end of Mike Holmgren's tenure. Mora had three years and almost $12 million remaining on his contract.

                    "We've made a tough decision today," Leiweke said. "It became apparent after conducting an extensive internal audit that a new direction was needed to provide an opportunity for the organization to be successful. Today's decision, while difficult, is part of the process in building a franchise with a new vision in 2010."

                    Leiweke called Mora "truly a standup man, who gave his full effort to our franchise."

                    "Coach mora will be missed," Seattle defensive end Darryl Tapp posted on his Twitter page.

                    Seattle is 9-23 since its last playoff appearance in January 2008, after four consecutive NFC West titles.

                    "This team, more importantly this community, means so much to me that it hurts not being able to see this through," Mora said in the team statement. "I am disappointed I did not get the chance to complete my contract. This is a tough business that sometimes demands immediate gratification."

                    GM and president Tim Ruskell took the initial fall for the Seahawks' flop when he was fired Dec. 3. Leiweke noted then that Mora was steward of a rocky transition from Holmgren's regime to one with a new offense, new defense and almost entirely new coaching staff.

                    Leiweke said last month he expected Mora to return for a second season.

                    Seattle was one of eight teams to have a new head coach and largely new staffs in 2009. Half of those teams improved their win totals: the Browns and Seahawks each gained one win over '08; the Chiefs and Lions were plus-2.

                    "Maybe I oversold" optimism before the season, Mora said. "It was harder than we thought."

                    Mora's first season following Holmgren's mostly glorious decade in Seattle was in sharp contrast to his rookie season as a head coach in Atlanta in 2004. That year, Mora took what had been a 5-11 Falcons team to the NFC championship game.

                    This time, the Seahawks' injured and ineffective offensive line wrecked new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's running game -- and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's health. The three-time Pro Bowl passer missed 2˝ games, then played through broken ribs, a sore passing shoulder and thumb injury, while throwing a career-high 17 interceptions.

                    The defense, under rookie coordinator Gus Bradley, failed to generate a consistent pass rush and the small secondary often looked overmatched.

                    The 48-year-old Mora, who grew up and attended high school and college in the Seattle area, returned in 2007 to become Holmgren's assistant head coach and defensive backs coach with the Seahawks. He then replaced Holmgren, with the announcement coming in early 2008 a year before he took the job in what the team said was an effort to smooth the transition.

                    So much for smooth.

                    On Wednesday, Mora said he considered it a civic duty of his to bring the Seahawks their first championship.

                    "This is where I plan on living the rest of my life," he said, "and I want to be able to walk around this city and feel proud of the work I did for the Seattle Seahawks."

                    Information from the Associated Press was included in this report


                    • #11
                      Re: seahawks head coach mora is fired, pete carroll hired?

                      Dunno which makes me happier; that The Hags are in disarray or that they might hire Carroll who pretty much sucked as an NFL HC. I don't think he was even that great at USC, he's a better recruiter than coach. Pretty hard to lose with all the talent that school amasses year after year. Not the same when you have to draft & then coach grown men.

                      I'd much rather face a Carroll team than one led by Leslie Frazier who was my fav candidate for The Rams job since I thought we had no chance to get the red-hot Spags.
                      Last edited by Azul e Oro; -01-10-2010, 03:03 AM.


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                      • Nick
                        Glazer: Jim Mora to replace Holmgren as Seahawks head coach in 2009
                        by Nick
                        Sources: 'Hawks tab Mora as next head coach
                        By Jay Glazer
                        Updated: February 5, 2008, 10:36 PM EST

                        The Seattle Seahawks have tabbed their next head coach.

                        The Seahawks have locked up Jim Mora Jr. to be their head coach after the 2008 season, league sources have told

                        Current head coach Mike Holmgren has already announced he will return for one more season, but rather than go through an extensive search, they have decided to hire from within.

                        Mora is currently the team's secondary/assistant head coach, and league sources say the promotion comes with an extension.

                        It's unclear how such a move could be made with the Rooney Rule in effect, which requires each team to interview at least one minority for any head coaching vacancy. It could be that the league is now starting to acquiesce a bit on the rule when a team knows it's going to hire from within.

                        Last month, the Colts said assistant head coach Jim Caldwell would replace current head coach Tony Dungy when he stepped away, and now Seattle follows suit with Mora's promotion after next season.

                        Mora led the falcons to the NFC Championship game in his first season in Atlanta. Since being fired, Atlanta's fortunes have turned for the worst, with the Michael Vick and Bobby Petrino situations, among others.
                        -02-06-2008, 12:10 AM
                      • Nick
                        Holmgren only coaching one more year in Seattle
                        by Nick
                        Holmgren to coach Seahawks for one more season
                        By José Miguel Romero
                        Seattle Times staff reporter

                        KIRKLAND -- Mike Holmgren is coming back to the Seahawks for one last season.

                        He confirmed that this afternoon in a news conference at team headquarters, ending all questions about his immediate future. He said the 2008 season will be his last as coach.

                        Holmgren said last today that he needed a few days to discuss his future -- either retiring or returning to fulfill at least the final year on his contract with Seattle -- with his wife Kathy over a short vacation in Arizona. He returned from that trip earlier this week.

                        "Kathy and I came to a decision this weekend to finish my contract, and we're very happy about it," Holmgren said. "We're going to go after it hard one more year."

                        Holmgren, 59, has coached the Seahawks since 1999, guiding the team to five straight postseason appearances and four consecutive NFC West titles along with a Super Bowl appearance in the 2005 season.

                        He came to Seattle from the Green Bay Packers with an eight-year contract, then signed a two-year extension just before the last year of that original deal in 2006. That was just a few months removed from the team's only Super Bowl appearance.

                        Holmgren was the Seahawks' general manager along with being coach from 1999 to 2002 before relinquishing the GM position. Tim Ruskell has been Seattle's GM since 2005.

                        Holmgren said last week he might consider another contract extension, but his choices came down to either walking away or staying for another season.

                        Holmgren's record with Green Bay and Seattle is 170-110, one win behind Joe Gibbs for 10th in NFL history. He is 86-68 in nine seasons with Seattle and passed Chuck Knox this season for most victories by a Seahawks coach in franchise history.

                        Leaving town at the end of a season and decompressing before making a decision to return as coach is nothing new to Holmgren, who has mulled his future at this time of the year several times since coming to Seattle.
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                      • RamWraith
                        Mora could coach Seattle secondary
                        by RamWraith
                        I am guessing you are also looking at the next successor to Holmgren here.

                        MIKE SANDO; The News Tribune
                        Published: January 21st, 2007 01:00 AM
                        Tim Ruskell’s phone rang after the Seattle Seahawks signed Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson in March.

                        The caller had a message for Seattle’s new team president.

                        “He told me (Peterson) is one of his favorite guys of all time,” Ruskell said a few weeks later.

                        The caller was Jim Mora, then entering his final season as the Atlanta Falcons’ head coach.

                        Mora had served as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator when Peterson played for the *****. Calling Ruskell was natural for Mora because the two worked together with the Falcons (2004).

                        They might be working together again, and soon.

                        The Seahawks hope to add Mora to their defensive staff in the coming days. The team has talked to Mora about taking a role that could include overseeing defensive backs. Given his experience as a head coach, Mora would also become a potential candidate to succeed Mike Holmgren, whose contract expires after the 2008 season.

                        Ruskell said Friday that current Seattle assistants Larry Marmie and Ray Rhodes are candidates to coach defensive backs. The job opened when Teryl Austin accepted a similar position with the Arizona Cardinals. Austin’s contract with Seattle was about to expire.

                        Mora would be the Seahawks’ top choice for the job. reported that Mora’s title could be assistant head coach/defensive backs.

                        John Marshall is the Seattle defensive coordinator. Rhodes held that job starting the 2005 season, but health issues pushed him into a consulting role.

                        The Seahawks think Mora’s energy could breathe life into a defense that improved late in the 2006 season, but did not meet Ruskell’s expectations.

                        “Julian Peterson has the potential to take the defense to another level,” Ruskell said in March. “Our goal is to get in the top 10.”

                        The Seahawks finished with a No. 19 ranking.

                        Mora, 45, was a defensive back at the University of Washington in the early 1980s. His father, also Jim, coached the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.

                        The younger Mora led the Falcons to an 11-5 record in 2004, his first season as head coach, before posting 8-8 (2005) and 7-9 (2006) records.

                        The Falcons fired Mora earlier this month. The Falcons ranked 14th, 22nd and 22nd during his tenure.
                        -01-21-2007, 08:17 AM
                      • RamDez
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                        It wasn't that long ago that on the entertaining Underground Seattle tours, which take tourists under the city to see the old city, now buried by a series of natural disasters, that guides used the city's professional football team as a punchline.

                        Oh, Seattle's had it's share of disasters Earthquakes, fires . . . Seahawks.

                        Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who arrived in town for the 2001 season, had no idea such jokes were being told. "That would hurt my feelings," he said. He meant it. The one-liner didn't make him laugh.

                        The fact is, Seahawks jokes wouldn't get much of a laugh anymore.

                        The Seahawks, who went to the playoffs as a wild card team last season, are returning five Pro Bowl players: Hasselbeck, running back Shaun Alexander, offensive tackle Walter Jones, offensive guard Steve Hutchinson and special teams star Alex Bannister. Their defense, anchored by former Rams lineman Grant Wistrom, is ranked No. 1 in the NFL.

                        Although the Rams are the defending NFC West champions, the Seahawks are considered the team to beat, and they are also wearing the label "legitimate Super Bowl contender."

                        All this from a team whose road record over the years has been another surefire laugh line, a team that had never quite captured the heart or mind of its city. Rams defensive end Bryce Fisher, who grew up in Seattle, is typical. He and his friends grew up rooting for the Raiders because the Seahawks were so bad.

                        But for Sunday's game against the Rams at Quest Field, coach Mike Holmgren is expecting that the sold-out stadium full of screaming fans will be one of his team's advantages.

                        "It's kind of like when it first happened in St. Louis," Wistrom said. "How fired up everybody was, how new it was to everybody. And the energy that you can feel. It's very exciting to be a part of something like that again, where everyone's appreciated and fans are fired up about it. All everybody wants to talk about is the 'Hawks right now."

                        In this, his sixth season in Seattle after 13 successful seasons at Green Bay, Holmgren has finally put the Seahawks where he always believed they could be.

                        "If the organization is willing to stay with you - if they believe in you, first of all . . . and they give you enough time, you should be able to improve," Holmgren said. "And they have done that with us. Now we have pretty good depth, our money situation's in pretty good shape capwise. Hopefully we can keep this thing going and get into the playoffs again."
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                      • Nick
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                        There are 16 Seahawks scheduled to become free agents on March 2 and five restricted free agents scheduled to entertain other teams' offers, which the Seahawks have the right to match.

                        There is not, at present, a team president, a vice president of football operations nor a college scouting director — three executive positions vacated in the past month.

                        Each problem compounds the other, leaving a front office filled with more uncertainty than people to handle one of the most vital offseasons in the history of the franchise.

                        "They are in the worst situation of any team in the league, with that many free agents and their front-office situation," said Sean Salisbury, a former Seahawk and current ESPN analyst. "It's called chaos. And that's what's going on in Seattle."

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                        The Seahawks are not facing an impossible mission. Not yet, anyway. What they are facing is less than a month to hire a president, a vice president and a college scouting director, evaluate players for free agency, ink as many of their free agents as they deem necessary and prepare for the draft.

                        "I couldn't see too many other places putting themselves in this predicament," said Randy Cross, an analyst for CBS. "I imagine it doesn't exactly expedite the process. For the Seahawks, it's safe to say the better part of the foundation of their franchise is sitting there on hold."

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