FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta fired coach Jim Mora Monday, just two years after he led the Falcons to the NFC championship game. The decision to dump the fiery coach followed two straight disappointing seasons. The Falcons lost six of their final eight games in 2005 to miss the playoffs, and they finished 7-9 this season by losing seven of the last nine contests. "I had a pretty good idea," said Mora. "But I had not been told directly until this afternoon. But I had my strong suspicions."
Owner Arthur Blank made the announcement at the team's suburban training complex. "It's not a decision we made lightly or made in a rash way," said Blank. "We used the best thinking in the building, but it's one we felt we needed to make now."