Tag:Jim Mora
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:22 pm

Jim Mora withdraws from Philly, Denver jobs

Posted by Will Brinson

Jim Mora, Jr., emerged as a candidate for several defensive coordinator positions in the NFL over the past few weeks -- specifically, it seemed as if the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles were interested in his services and likely made offers to the former Falcons and Seahawks coach.

However, Mora's withdrawn his name for consideration for both of the jobs and will remain with the NFL Network.

"While I appreciate the opportunities presented by Denver and Philadelphia, at this time it’s just not the right fit," Mora told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

It seems odd that Mora wouldn't want to get back into coaching right away, but there are a couple of factors to consider here.

With the Eagles, Sean McDermott was canned from the Philly gig because of "Jim Johnson's shadow" but there's a case to be didn't necessarily fail given the personnel he had. In Denver, Mora would be working with a defense in flux that's run by a coach (John Fox) who's defensive-minded, meaning Mora might not get as much control there as he'd like. And maybe Mora thinks the labor situation could create problems with preparing his team for the 2011 season.

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:34 am

Mora flies out of Denver without a deal

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Former Falcons and Seahawks coach Jim Mora spent Tuesday in Denver interviewing for the Broncos defensive coordinator job with John Fox, but he flew out of the Mile High City last night without a deal in place.

That’s according to the Denver Post, which writes the contract process for Mora might be more intricate because he’s a former head coach.

If the Mora hiring doesn’t work out, Fox could hire Mike Trgovac, who worked for Fox in Carolina and now coaches the defensive line in Green Bay.

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 6:54 pm

Report: Mora a candidate for Eagles DC job

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Jim Mora could be the next defensive coordinator for the Eagles.

After Will wrote about coach Andy Reid firing former coordinator Sean McDermott, the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Reid and Mora have spoken about the vacancy.

Mora – who’s been working at the NFL Network this season – apparently would be interested in the job, but it has not been offered yet.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 2:10 pm

49ers reach out to Harbaugh, Mora denies interest

Posted by Will Brinson

There's plenty of speculation about who (and how!) the San Francisco 49ers will hire for general manager and head coach. Logic stands that they'd ink a front office guy before they hire a coach, since going in the reverse manner almost never works out.

But, without a GM in place yet, the team is reportedly pursuing Jim Harbaugh already. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday the San Francisco has "already reached out" to Harbaugh who "is clearly their first choice." 

Harbaugh would be a tremendous score for the 49ers, particularly with the rumors swirling that he's most likely to replace Rich Rodriguez at Michigan (even Glazer agrees that Harbaugh's likely headed to his alma mater).

If Harbaugh isn't interested in the Niners gig, he's apparently not the only one -- Jim Mora, Jr., was rumored to be a candidate (and he happens to be broadcasting the game for FOX there Sunday), but denied the rumors Sunday.

"Not even close," Mora told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. "Just here to do their game for FOX."

Naturally, there's nothing concrete in a denial from Mora there -- if Harbaugh bolts to Michigan, it's entirely possible Mora could be interested in the gig. Although the Niners' NFC West interest might seem odd considering the lack of success that Playoffs Junior had in Seattle.

Either way, one thing's clear: GM or no GM, the Niners want Jim Harbaugh to be their coach. It's just a matter of whether the feelings mutual.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: October 3, 2010 11:45 am

Michael Vick: 'Best thing for me' was prison

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick -- the top storyline behind the 2010 NFL season -- sat down with Jim Mora -- only made famous this year for a brief encounter with Doug Gottlieb -- to discuss the rehabilitation of Vick's image since his arrest for dogfighting several years ago.

Vick was contrite and seemed honest in the interview; when Mora asked him if he ever thought he about what he was doing, Vick displayed an attitude that probably underlies the machismo of many a professional athlete.

"I did," Vick said. "But I was thinking, 'Man, I'm Mike Vick -- what's the worst thing that's gonna happen to me?'"

Obviously "the worst" was "a lengthy prison term and bankruptcy" -- but just because Vick lost his status as a hero because of his poor actions, doesn't make him bitter.

"The best thing for me, that ever happened to me in my life to this point, as crazy as it may sound, was me getting shipped off to [prison], man," Vick said. "Because other than that I wasn't going to change. I wasn't going to change -- I wasn't going to get all the people away from me that was leaches and wanted to be around. I wasn't going to stop fighting dogs and at some point in that somebody could have gotten hurt. It was pointless."

Additionally, Vick and Mora discussed how, in Atlanta, they lived in the same neighborhood, and the coach would drive home past Vick's house and see 12 cars sitting outside nearly every time he passed by -- that's indicative of the fact that Vick was more focused on being a professional gentleman of leisure than an All-Pro quarterback. (It also might say something -- even if Vick lets him off the hook -- about what Mora could have done from a mentor/coach standpoint; that's another story altogether, though.)

Look, it has to still be really hard for some people to root for Vick on the field, because of what he did (as Bomani Jones has pointed out, people in this country really, really, really love dogs), and that's okay. Not everyone has to see what Vick's doing on the field and get excited.

But there are also a lot of people (myself included) that have a soft spot for second-chances.

"I was selfish in some aspects and I didn't dedicate myself and I didn't listen and I was just young," Vick said. "But I can't put 100 percent of the blame on me being young because I was 25, 26 years old then -- you're old enough to make rational decisions for yourself."

That's true and there's no really acceptable excuse (cultural, financial or otherwise) for Vick's Virginia dogfighting ring. But, if his attitude now is an honest one, and he genuinely believes he's made amends for that harm he caused society and he is genuinely dedicated to becoming a better person and better football player, then it becomes pretty tough not to root for him.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:13 am

Kurt Warner returns to the NFL (as an announcer)

Posted by Will Brinson

Kurt Warner retired from the NFL after another impressive 2009 season in which he led the Arizona Cardinals to a NFC West title and a playoff berth.

He never waffled on his decision (despite apparent pleas from the Cardinals brass) and headed back to his roots, jumping on the NFL Network and doing color for an Arena Football League game. He must have done pretty well too (preseason NFL action kept me from watching, I'll admit it) because he's being picked up by Fox to work the NFL this year.

The announcement of Warner's addition (and Jim Mora, Jr., as well) will be made some time Monday, according to USA Today 's Michael Heinstand .

Kurt, coming off a possibly Hall of Fame career, had lots of opportunities and wasn't interested in doing a full season," Goren said. "He'll find out if this is something he really wants to pursue. And we didn't have a full-season slot open. So the deal, which came together in the last week, worked out well for everybody."

Warner's season will start October 10, when he (awkwardly?) calls the Saints-Cardinals game. That makes sense from a "knowledge of the parties involved" angle, but poor Matt Leinart, huh?

That'll be one of three games he works for Fox this season, in which he'll be paired with Chris Myers or Chris Rose.

The best part of all of this though? HE'S REPLACING TRENT GREEN!

No, no, seriously -- Green worked with Myers and Rose last year and now it'll be Warner.

For those unaware of the awesomeness of this fact, Warner got his start in the NFL when he replaced Green as the starting quarterback with the St. Louis Rams, igniting the "Greatest Show on Turf" run.
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