8. Jim Mora
Jim Mora was announced as the successor to Mike Holmgren before Holmgren’s final season with the team, in 2008. A former University of Washington player, Mora coached the Atlanta Falcons for three seasons. After a disappointing 7-9 season in 2006, Mora said in an interview that he would take a job with the Huskies “even if [the Falcons] were in a playoff run.” Falcons owner Arthur Blank didn’t take kindly to that comment and promptly fired him in the offseason.
"Jim Mora was the successor to Mike Holmgren. His lone season in Seattle as head coach didn’t go well."
Mora joined the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff as a defensive backs coach and assistant head coach to Holmgren after the 2007 season. He was anointed successor to the head coaching position and took over in 2009 as the head coach and things didn’t go well. Known for his maddening insistence on plugging in backup quarterback Seneca Wallace as a wide receiver on reverse plays that always ended badly, Mora went 5-11 for the Seahawks in his only season as head coach. It’s puzzling that his team performed so badly under his leadership after being groomed for the job by none other than Mike Holmgren himself.
His team’s performance was so disappointing that the Seahawks fired him with three years and $12 million left on his contract. He replaced former Rainier Beach High School volunteer coach and gambling addict Rick Neuheisel at UCLA ahead of the 2012 season. And yet I still play Madden 10 as the Seahawks sometimes.
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