Long December to blame for Mora's undoing with Seahawks
With being blown out in Houston, 34-7, in Week 14.
With being embarrassed by the one-win Bucs at home, 24-7, in Week 15.
With being decimated at Green Bay's Lambeau Field, 48-10, in Week 16.
Don't let anyone tell you the games are meaningless in December for teams already out of the playoff hunt. Cleveland head coach
Seattle's move Friday afternoon wasn't expected, because you never really suppose a one-and-done coaching tenure. But it's not altogether surprising either in light of how the Seahawks limped to the finish line, finishing 5-11 after being 5-7 and at least on the fringes of wild-card contention through the season's first three quarters.
Sources in Seattle tell me the magnitude of those late-season losses, and the wholly uncompetitive nature of the Seahawks' efforts combined to generate the obvious perception that Mora's team was getting worse as the season progressed, rather than improving. While no one seems to believe that Mora's players quit on him, the blowout losses seemed to underline just how big of a talent shortage there was on the Seattle roster this year. That inclined the organization toward a full-scale housecleaning, rather than the partial one that began with general manager
Sources say Ruskell's early departure played a clear-cut role in making Mora more vulnerable to increased scrutiny and criticism late in the season. Without Ruskell around to answer for the organization as it stumbled through the final month of its second consecutive double-digit loss season -- following a five-year streak of playoff berths -- the spotlight in Seattle actually shifted to Mora's first-year struggles and the question of whether starting quarterback
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That said, Seattle's search for a new general manager is now reportedly down to four finalists, and it's always a little tricky in the NFL to hire a GM if you're going to force them to inherit a head coach who was hired by their predecessor. It's possible that the early stages of Seattle's general manager search revealed this difficulty in a whole new light to Leiweke and Allen, leaving them little choice but to dismiss Mora and allow their new GM to bring in his own hand-picked head coach.
Seattle, however, has reportedly already reached out and requested an interview with Vikings defensive coordinator
Though the Seahawks were racked by a plague of injuries for a second consecutive year, and went 9-23 in 2008-09, there are reasons for hope in Seattle. The Seahawks own the 6th and 14th picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, and Allen has indicated he's willing to spend liberally in free agency to improve the team's sagging fortunes and upgrade the roster.
But that future will now unfold in Seattle without Mora, who attended both high school and college in the area and considered the Seahawks his dream job. Just Wednesday, Mora said Seattle was where he planned on living the rest of his life, and that he considered it a civic duty of his to bring the city a Super Bowl title.
For Mora, December is what derailed that dream.