by Michael Lombardi
January 08, 02010
Jim Mora’s release from his head coaching duties doesn’t surprise me based on the Seahawks’ firing of Tim Ruskell, the general manager who hired him last year. All the executives who supported Mora were no longer the power base, and when Ruston Webster, the interim general manager, was taken off the list of potential replacements for Ruskell, the end was getting near for Mora.
Mora lost the confidence of the front office with the team’s poor performance down the stretch when they lost their final four games. The NFL is all about building hope for the future, and watching the Seahawks play in the second half of the season, there wasn’t much hope. They are small, they got pushed around and they couldn’t win at home, where they had once dominated.
Next up for the Seahawks will be to find a general manager, and my sources tell me that Baltimore’s Eric DeCosta and Green Bay’s John Schneider from the Packers are the front-runners. Once they make this hire, which will be in the next 24-48 hours, they expect them to start their search for a new head coach.
The main reason for the dismissal of Ruskell and Mora was that they told everyone in the front office they were very close to winning and all they needed to be back in the playoffs was to get healthy — hence the reason they passed on taking a quarterback in the draft. Now, one year later, the Seahawks are not in a repair mode but rather in a rebuilding mode with new people doing the building.
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