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Seahawks fire head coach Mora after losing season


Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora watches from the sidelines during the third quarter of their NFL football game against Jacksonville Jaguars in Seattle, Washington, October 11, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo
Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora watches from the sidelines during the third quarter of their NFL football game against Jacksonville Jaguars in Seattle, Washington, October 11, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Jim Mora became the latest in a string of recent coaching casualties when he was fired on Friday after a 5-11 record in his only season with the Seattle Seahawks.

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

According to the league's website (http://www.nfl.com) Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been contacted about an interview with Seattle, which has not reached the playoffs since the 2007 season.

Mora, who joined the Seahawks in 2007 as a defensive backs coach, took charge of the team when Mike Holmgren stepped down after compiling a 4-12 record in the 2008 campaign.

It was Mora's second head coaching job as he also led the Atlanta Falcons to a 26-22 record from 2004-06.

"This team, more importantly this community, means so much to me that it hurts not being able to see this through," he said.

"I am disappointed I did not get the chance to complete my contract. This is a tough business that sometimes demands immediate gratification."

Earlier this week the Buffalo Bills fired interim head coach Perry Fewell after a 6-10 season while the Washington Redskins dismissed Jim Zorn after a 4-12 campaign.

On Thursday the Cleveland Browns decided to stick with Eric Mangini for a second season after he capped a losing campaign with four straight victories, the team's longest winning streak since 1994.

(Writing by Larry Fine in New York and Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Tony Jimenez)

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