On the same day that Pete Carroll was officially announced as his replacement, former Seahawks coach Jim Mora offered his most extensive comments yet about his firing last week, saying he was shocked that it happened.
“I was very stunned to say the least and I indicated so,” Mora said on KJR-AM. “I’ve never seen this happen like this before. . . . I was very stunned. I don’t know that it’s even hit me yet.”
Mora said he was told on the day after the Seahawks’ final regular-season game that he should proceed as though he was going to coach the team in 2010, and that when he met with the media on Wednesday, he figured he was speaking on behalf of the franchise when he detailed his plans for the coming year.
“I figured I wouldn’t be put out to do a press conference on Wednesday if things we’re going to change,” Mora said today.
But things did change, and within 48 hours Mora was out and it was clear that Carroll would be in. Mora had three years remaining on his contract, and the Seahawks still owe him almost $12 million.