Holmgren has said the 2008 season will be his last as the Seahawks' coach and it was widely assumed that Mora would be the guy to replace him. The team made that official Wednesday. Mora reportedly received a four-year contract that takes effect in 2009.
This move had been anticipated since Mora was hired last year as the secondary coach and named the assistant head coach, which meant he could not leave unless hired as the head coach by another team. Mora obviously knew this was coming because he withdrew from the Washington Redskins' coaching search last month.
Bringing in a young, energetic coach who might be a bit more aggressive looks like a good move. It is a nice transition because Mora will have had two seasons working with the team before he takes over. Fans couldn't ask for a more seamless switch from one coach to another.
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It remains to be seen how Mora might change the Seahawks' offense, but odds are he won't mess with it too much because it has been quite successful. It is Matt Hasselbeck's offense and Mora will be smart enough to leave it that way.