Mora Firing Clears the Way for New GM

As first reported by Jay Glazer of, the Seattle Seahawks fired head coach Jim Mora today after a disappointing 5-11 season in which the team seemed to get worse and worse every week down the stretch.

Mora was informed of his termination at a Friday morning meeting in which he was told that his won-loss record was not good enough.

Mora was originally hired by the Seahawks in January of 2007 as the team's assistant/secondary coach. He was then announced as the Seahawks' head coach in a 2008 press conference, though then-head coach Mike Holmgren was to coach the 2008 season. Then-GM Tim Ruskell named Mora to the position to avoid his hire by the Washington Redksins.

With Mora's ascent in 2009 came a new staff, but offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley could not put comprehensive or effective schemes together. The team's 2009 season was doomed by a late-season plunge – in their last four games, the Seahawks were outscored, 123-37, and only the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams, moribund teams playing backup quarterbacks,  were worse in Football Outsiders' Weighted DVOA statistic, a metric which measures the late-season efficiency of teams.

According to Glazer, the team has already requested permission to interview Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the vacant position. Moreover, the Seahawks are still looking for Ruskell's replacement, though Mora's firing at this time would seem to intimate that the Seahawks not only have someone specific in mind, but that the organization would prefer to clear the decks and let the new man hire his own coach.

Stay tuned to for more news as it becomes available, and more analysis on what this move means for the future of the Seahawks. Top Stories