KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -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 for one more season, the 46-year-old Mora will begin a new, four-year contract as the head coach.
Seahawks president Tim Ruskell and chief executive officer Tod Leiweke both emphasized during a news conference Wednesday that the move gives the team stability and unity.
``What (Holmgren's) done here, by announcing his retirement a year ahead of time, has afforded this organization to make a smooth transition, to be seamless, to be non-chaotic,'' Ruskell said. ``Which is kind of rare in the sports world - certainly in the NFL.
go on. Well, we're not going to have that.''
Holmgren pushed for the announcement now, so players who are poised to enter free agency next month can judge Seattle while knowing who its coach will be beyond next season.
``This makes a lot of sense for the organization,'' Holmgren said in a team statement. ``Jim is a talented coach who already had a measure of success in this league and has all the tools here needed to succeed.''
Both Holmgren and Mora chose not to attend the news conference because Ruskell said they didn't want to ``make a big splash'' and overlook the team's mission for 2008: sending Holmgren out with the franchise's first Super Bowl title, after five consecutive playoff appearances.
``I am extremely excited about the future, but completely focused on the opportunity we have in front of us this season,'' Mora said in the statement.
``I would like to thank Mike Holmgren, who has helped me immensely this past season, and from whom I have learned a great deal.''
The former Atlanta coach took the Falcons to the NFC championship in 2004, his first season in Atlanta, and Ruskell's only season as player personnel director there before he became Seattle's president and general manager. The Falcons, 26-22 under Mora, fired Mora 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 is the team's all-time leader in coaching victories with 86. He has 170 in wins 16 seasons with Green Bay and Seattle, one behind former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs for 10th in NFL history.

Recent NFL Discussions

CFL Betting News and Notes Week 6 on Thu, Jul 2017 by Blade
College Football Conference Previews on Wed, Jul 2017 by Blade
Improve your NFL betting skills on Tue, Jul 2017 by JJordan90
CFL Betting News and Notes Week 5 on Mon, Jul 2017 by Blade
Pac-12 Schedule Breakdown on Sun, Jul 2017 by Blade

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Falcons' 2017 Win Total Prediction Will the Falcons have a Super Bowl hangover or are they a good bet to go over their season win total over/under?
Thumbnail Patriots' 2017 Over/Under Prediction Could the Patriots actually go 16-0 in the regular season? Here's our prediction for New England's 2017 win total.
Thumbnail Rams 2017 Win Total Prediction Armed with a new coaching staff, how many wins with the L.A. Rams finish with in 2017?
Thumbnail Don't Pass on these NFL Betting Picks It may be of small comfort that that the regular season is still one and a half months away from starting, but compared to the long wait we’ve had since the...
Thumbnail Betting Against Terrible NFL Teams When you have a great handle on just how an NFL franchise is going to perform heading into a brand new season, well, clearly, that’s a good thing that will allow...

NFL Team Pages