Seahawks Fire Mora—Carrol Likely to Replace

Zack NallyCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22:  Head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Jim Mora looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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After only a year in Seattle, Jim Mora has been fired as the Seahawks’ Head Coach.

The firing of General Manager Tim Ruskell in December might have served as a foreshadowing for what was to come, but neither Mora nor Seahawk nation anticipated such a strong decision by team executives.

Mora was only able to marginally contend in the NFC West with a 5-11 record, but his final 2-6 record to end the season was the probably the final indication that the team needed a new direction.

Mora’s replacement is still up for grabs but the popular contenders are USC’s Head Coach Pete Carrol and the Minnesota Viking’s defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier.

Carrol is the likely candidate, a stellar college coach who spent minimal time in the NFL with little success and, coming off his worst year in recent Trojan history, could get everything he needs to take the next step in Seattle.

Coach Carrol will likely approach the job with a Holmgren-like attitude, meaning he will probably not accept or pursue the job unless he is given a fair amount of control over the team’s operations.

Frazier is the more far-reaching candidate. His experience on the defensive side of the ball is something the Seahawks want, but his inexperience as a head coach may deter his chances.

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Whoever gets the job will have quite a fruitful opportunity. Paul Allen has money to spend and the ‘Hawks have two picks in the first round of this year’s draft (6 and 14).