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Mora fired because 'team needs a new direction'

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The Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora after just one season (Photo: Seattle Seahawks) The Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora after just one season (Photo: Seattle Seahawks)

Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke said he fired head coach Jim Mora after just one season because it was apparent the team needs a new direction.

The team announced the firing in a statement on Friday that included a comment from Mora that "it hurts not being able to see this through".

Mora, at 48-years-old grew up in the Seattle area and attended Interlake High School in Bellevue.  He played defensive back for the University of Washington.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer was the first to report the Seahawks' move. KJR radio in Seattle said Mora confirmed the firing in a text message. 

This was Mora's first year on the job as head man in Seattle.  The team finished the season at 5-11 and lost several key players at various times throughout they year because of injuries.

ESPN reported that Mora attended a meeting Friday morning with the Seahawk's management team, at which team he was told he didn't win enough games to save his job. Mora said as late as this week that he expected to stay with the team for another season, and CEO Tod Leiweke said last month said he had confidence in Mora.

The Seahawks now face the daunting task of finding a new coach in addition to replacing General Manager Tim Ruskell, who stepped down during the season.

(with information from The Associated Press)

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