Seahawks fire Mora

The Seattle Seahawks have fired Jim Mora after one season. (Greg Trott / Associated Press)

The Seattle Seahawks have fired Jim Mora after just one season as head coach of the team.

It was a season of upheaval in Seattle, where general manager Tim Ruskell was forced to resign on Dec. 3. Later in the month, Mike Holmgren opted to join the Cleveland Browns as president rather than return to the team he led to Super Bowl XL.

Mora’s Seahawks finished 5-11 this season, third in the NFC West behind the division-champion Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. This was Mora’s fourth season as a head coach, having spent three seasons at the helm of the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06, going 27-23 including playoff games). Mora’s best season as coach came in 2004, when he led the Falcons to the NFC South division crown and to the NFC Championship, where the team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mora is the sixth coach since 2000 to either be fired or resign following just one season, joining Cam Cameron (2007, Dolphins), Bobby Petrino (2007, Falcons), Art Shell (2006, Raiders), Marty Schottenheimer (2001, Redskins) and Al Groh (2000, Jets).

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