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FILE - This dec. 27, 2009, file photo shows Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, in Green Bay, Wis. FILE - This dec. 27, 2009, file photo shows Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, in Green Bay, Wis.

RENTON, Washington (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks fired coach Jim Mora on Friday after just one season, leaving the NFL team without a coach, general manager and president less than four years after they appeared in the Super Bowl.

This season, Mora led his hometown team to only five wins in 16 games.

"We've made a tough decision today," Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke said. "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."

Leiweke called Mora "truly a standup man, who gave his full effort to our franchise."

Seattle has a 9-23 record since its last playoff appearance in January 2008, after four consecutive NFC West division titles.

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

GM and president Tim Ruskell took the initial fall for the Seahawks' flop when he was fired on Dec. 3. Leiweke noted then that Mora was steward of a rocky transition in 2009 from Mike Holmgren's regime to one with a new offense, new defense and almost entirely new coaching staff.

Mora said "maybe I oversold" optimism before the season.

"It was harder than we thought," he said.

Mora's first season following Holmgren's winning decade in Seattle was in sharp contrast to his rookie season as a head coach in Atlanta in 2004. That year, Mora took what had been a 5-11 Falcons team to the NFC championship game.

This time, the Seahawks' injured and ineffective offensive line wrecked new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's running game — and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's health. The three-time Pro Bowl passer missed 2½ games then played through broken ribs, a sore passing shoulder and thumb injury, while setting a career high with 17 interceptions.

The 48-year-old Mora, who grew up and attended high school and university in the Seattle area, returned to become Holmgren's assistant head coach and defensive backs coach with the Seahawks in 2007. He then replaced Holmgren, with the announcement coming in early 2008, a year before he took the job in what the team said was an effort to smooth the transition.

 

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