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Mora's first Seahawks staff definitely his own

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

In assessing the Cardinals' recent rise, coach Ken Whisenhunt thanked team president Michael Bidwill for giving him the resources and flexibility to hire his own staff.

While Whisenhunt inherited defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, he was able to bring along Russ Grimm from Pittsburgh while hiring Todd Haley from the Cowboys. Those were two high-profile hires that have helped Whisenhunt establish a competitive program.

In San Francisco, new 49ers coach Mike Singletary was also given control over his staff.

Against that backdrop, I watched closely to see whether Jim Mora would have that kind of flexibility in hiring his first Seahawks staff, or if general manager Tim Ruskell would be the driving force in hiring. Mora made it clear Tuesday that the new additions were his guys.

On offense, Mora hired Greg Knapp as coordinator and Robert Prince as receivers coach. Both worked for Mora in Atlanta. And while Ruskell was with the Falcons when Mora made those hires, Mora worked with both men in San Francisco years earlier. Both men were with Mora first.

On defense, Mora hired Gus Bradley as coordinator and Dan Quinn as assistant head coach/defensive line. The glowing terms Mora used in describing both men reflected more than just support for their hires. Mora was ecstatic about adding them to his staff. He also worked with Quinn in San Francisco. Bradley was in Tampa after Ruskell left the Bucs.