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Friday, January 8, 2010
Statements from Leiweke, Mora

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The Seahawks released the following statements regarding Jim Mora's firing as head coach:

CEO Tod Leiweke: "We’ve made a tough decision today, 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. ... Jim is truly a stand-up man, who gave his full effort to our franchise. We thank Jim and his family for their commitment to our community and for their contribution to the Seahawks."

Mora: "This team, more importantly this community, means so much to me that it hurts not being able to see this through. I am disappointed I did not get the chance to complete my contract. This is a tough business that sometimes demands immediate gratification."

Sometimes? Most of the time.