No Mora: The Case for Firing the Seahawks' First-Year Coach

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Mora looks more like David Caruso every day, doesn't he?
All season long, prudent Seahawk observers have resisted the urge to call for Jim Mora's head. The Seahawks weren't a good team last year under Mike Holmgren, and his are big shoes to fill. Furthermore, team management didn't do anything to address its malnourished running game in the off-season, and the Hawks have been at least as injury-plagued as last year.

Then again, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been largely healthy this season, and the receiving corps not nearly as depleted as when Holmgren's team essentially held open tryouts to get enough healthy sets of hands in uniform. And, most importantly, Holmgren's Hawks never quit on him like they have on Mora in the last three games.

Nobody expected Mora's Hawks to storm into Green Bay in what was a playoff-clinching game for the Packers and actually come away with a victory. But after consecutive blowout losses to Houston (34-7) and, most embarrassingly, Tampa Bay at Qwest (24-7), Seahawk fans could have been forgiven for expecting better than a 48-10 drubbing at the hands of the Pack.

All told, the Seahawks have been outscored 106-24 by three teams with a combined record of 15-24 heading into each game. And while Hasselbeck might just rate as the best signal-caller to ever don the blue and green beak, he's been nothing short of awful of late, throwing four interceptions apiece against the Bucs and Packers.

What good is a talented-yet-declining quarterback to a team that seems poised to enter full-on rebuilding mode? And what good is an uninspiring retread of a coach to a franchise with a general manager vacancy and Hall-of-Fame multi-taskers like Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher ready to strap on the headsets again? Both are worthwhile questions whose answers might dramatically change the Seahawk landscape come 2010.

 
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