Seahawks fire Mora – Do they want Carroll as replacement?

It only took the Seahawks one year to figure out what the rest of the league should know by now: Jim Mora isn’t cut out to be a head coach.

On Friday, the Seahawks fired Mora (who had replaced Mike Holmgren) after just one season. The move is rather surprising because Seattle did this before hiring a new GM to replace the departed Tim Ruskell, so that means the front office had already made the decision that it wanted Mora gone.

Mora has pulled the blanket over everyone’s eyes one too many times. He’s a fine defensive coordinator and I doubt that he’ll have problems latching on as an assistant elsewhere because he’s a good motivator and players like him. But as a head coach, he just doesn’t have it and he’s proven this on two different occasions.

Mora has always been completely outmatched as a game planner and he often leaves his teams unprepared on Sundays. He has never been good at halftime adjustments and he can’t out scheme other coaches in order to produce wins. If his teams can’t get by on talent, then they’re doomed at kickoff because Mora can’t make the necessary in-game decisions to put his players in the right position to win.

Mora might make a fine college head coach because teams can get by on emotion and passion at the collegiate level, much more than they can in the NFL. Maybe he’ll drop down to the college ranks now that Seattle has decided to part ways.

As for potential coaching candidates, the Seahawks have already been linked to Vikings’ defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and USC’s Pete Carroll. Of course, every year Carroll’s name is linked to some NFL team and he always winds up heading back to USC. I doubt this year will be any different, but you never know. Owner Paul Allen has enough money to lure Carroll away and ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the USC coach wanted back into the pros.

This could be a developing story.

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