Jim Mora to succeed Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren

By: associated press
By: associated press

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Former Falcons head coach Jim Mora will
succeed Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, beginning with the
2009 season.

After serving as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Seattle for one more season, the 46-year-old Mora will be promoted.

Seahawks president Tim Ruskell said in a news conference today that the move gives the team stability and unity.

The former Atlanta coach took the Falcons to the NFC championship in 2004, his first season in Atlanta. The Falcons, 26-22 under Mora, fired him on New Year's Day, 2007.

The 59-year-old Holmgren announced two weeks ago that he would fulfill only the final season of his contract in 2008 and then leave the team after 10 seasons. He's the team's all-time leader in coaching victories with 170. and will then leave Seattle after 10 seasons. He is the team's all-time leader in coaching victories with 170.

Ruskell said Mora will get a new, five-year contract, including four years as head coach.

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