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Jim Mora to succeed Holmgren in Seatte

Gregg Bell
AP Sports Writer
Vail CO, Colorado
** FILE ** Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim Mora yells instructions in the second half of their NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, in this Oct. 29, 2006 file photo. Mora, long assumed to be the successor to Mike Holmgren in Seattle, reportedly will be announced Wednesday Feb. 6, 2008 as the Seahawks next coach. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, FILE)

KIRKLAND, Wash. ” 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 be promoted.

Seahawks president Tim Ruskell said in a news conference Wednesday 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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