NFL News: Green, Mora Fired

Cardinals head coach Denny Green and Falcons head coach Jim Mora were told Monday that they were being relieved of their head coaching duties.

Jay Glazer at FOXSports.com is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals informed head coach Denny Green on Monday morning that he would not be returning for the 2007 campaign. Glazer also reports that GM Rod Graves, whose future also appeared to be doubtful, "appears to be safe at this point."

The bad news probably wasn't a surprise to the Cardinals head coach. As Scout.com's Senior NFL Reporter Adam Caplan reported last week, Green had boxes lined up in his office, which seemed to indicate that he knew that he was going to be let go.

Meanwhile, the Falcons issued a press release that stated that they were releasing head coach Jim Mora from the remaining two years on his contract with the team.

The Cardinals finished the season at 5-11 under Green and were 16-32 during his three-year stint.

Earlier this year, Arizona invested heavily in former Colts running back Edgerrin James, some offensive line help and drafted former USC quarterback Matt Leinhart, yet finished with the same disappointing record as last year.

Under Mora, the Falcons compiled a 26-22 record during his three years as head coach. They finished this season at a mediocre 7-9 after an 8-8 performance in 2005.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for us," said Falcons owner & CEO Arthur Blank. "We had the highest hopes and aspirations for a long run with Jim as our coach, but we feel this decision is in the best long-term interests of our franchise. I have great respect for Jim's passion for the game, and we wish Jim and his family all of the best."


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