The Seattle Seahawks fired coach Jim Mora on Friday, and it appears they are ready to make a big splash in the coaching ranks, as Chris Mortensen from ESPN is reporting that their target is none other than USC coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll, who has been a huge success the past 9 seasons at the college level, coached three seasons in the NFL, two in New England and one with the New York Jets. In those three seasons he actually went 33-31, but he was widely regarded as a coach that is suited for the college ranks more than the pros.
Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke that Mora he did not win enough games to save his job. The Seahawks ended the season on a four-game losing streak to finish 5-11.
“This team, more importantly this community, means so much to me that it hurts not being able to see this through,” Mora said in a team-issued statement. “I am disappointed I did not get the chance to complete my contract. This is a tough business that sometimes demands immediate gratification.”
“We’ve made a tough decision today,” Leiweke said 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. Today’s decision, while difficult, is part of the process in building a franchise with a new vision in 2010.”
All reports are that the decision could mean Carroll back in the NFL.