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January 8, 2010 at 10:34 AM

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Confirmed: Jim Mora fired as Seahawks coach

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting Jim Mora has been fired as Seahawks coach. I don't have any further details as I'm scrambling trying to find out if that is the case.

Update: The team has not made an announcement yet, but it has been confirmed that Mora has indeed been let go.

He has three years left on his coaching contract.

He becomes the shortest tenured head coach in team history. Tom Flores had the shortest run, three years as coach from 1992 to 1994.

With the Seahawks still working on finding a president, they have decided to start over. The news file below is the one that will be updated:

  • Jim Mora fired as head coach
    By Danny O'Neil, The Seattle Times

    Update at 11:28 a.m.: There have been several questions regarding the coaching staff in the comments. This was a decision made at the top, and while that usually translates to a change in the coaching staff, that hasn't happened yet.

    Update: The Seahawks officially announced Mora's firing though they phrased it much nicer: "relieved of his head-coaching duties."

    The release included statements from Mora and Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke.

    "We've made a tough decision today. 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.

    "Jim is truly a stand-up man, who gave his full effort to our franchise. We thank Jim and his family for their commitment to our community and for their contribution to the Seahawks."
       -- Tod Leiweke, Vulcan Sports CEO

    Here is the statement from Mora:

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