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Mora Interview Wednesday

Jason LaCanfora called this in a few minutes ago: Jim Mora, a defensive assistant coach with the Seattle Seahawks, is scheduled to interview with the Redskins on Wednesday, according to a source. Mora is the former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and is believed to be a leading candidate to replace Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren if he retires next week, as some expect.
Indianapolis defensive assistant Ron Meeks is also scheduled to interview this week, possibly as soon as Thursday.
However, numerous source around the league continue to believe that Redskins assistant head coach -- defense Gregg Williams will replace Joe Gibbs.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  January 15, 2008; 5:42 PM ET
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Posted by: tmanatos | January 15, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

We don't need Mora here. The Michael Vick saga went on during his watch.

Posted by: straub21 | January 15, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

What about bringing back Richie Pettibone?

Posted by: jsamarias | January 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hire Williams already and be done with it.

Posted by: kyle0816 | January 15, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

hire Williams. Keep Saunders as offensive coordinator. Keep all assistants. Lets give it one more shot with this team and if it does not work lets blow it up next season.

Posted by: roycog | January 15, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hiring Mora would be like hiring a belligerent little league parent to coach the Harlem Globe-Trotters.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | January 15, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

So what do we do with MarkB?

Posted by: alex35332 | January 15, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Mora? I guess Danny needs to waste a day.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 15, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

From Wiki -

In 2004, Jim Mora was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their head coach. He led the Falcons to a record of 11-5 and a first round bye in the playoffs. Atlanta hosted and defeated the St. Louis Rams 47-17 in the divisional round, and advanced to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost 27-10 on the road to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2005, the Falcons went 8-8. Mora characterized the season as a "disappointing year." This non-winning season continued one of the NFL's strangest records - the Falcons have never had back-to-back winning seasons in the history of the franchise, a 40-year statistical oddity that no other modern professional team has matched. Following the season, Mora signed a three-year contract extension with the Falcons, extending his contract through the 2009 season.

In 2006, the national media and the Falcons fans had high expectations. However, Mora led the Falcons to a 7-9 record, losing his final three games, including two at home, and missed the playoffs for a second straight year. In his second season as Falcons coach, when he was playing the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch from the 2004 NFC Championship, Mora was seen smelling ammonia capsules on the sidelines during a Monday Night Football broadcast. John Madden noted that some coaches use the capsules during games, although they are mostly for players' use.

On December 14, 2006, while the Falcons were still statistically alive in their quest for the playoffs, Mora said in a radio interview with Dave "Softy" Mahler on Seattle sports-talk radio station KJR-AM that if it were offered, he would take the head coaching job at the University of Washington (a job that was not open), "even if [the Falcons] were in a playoff run." While Mora later claimed that he was only kidding, he was criticized by many Falcons fans as well as members of the national media who claimed that making such comments was irresponsible. Team owner Arthur Blank publicly expressed his disapproval of Mora's comments.

Following the season, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they had fired Jim Mora. Arthur Blank told the media, "This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We had the highest hopes and aspirations for a long run with Jim as our coach, but we feel this decision is in the best long-term interests of our franchise. I have great respect for Jim's passion for the game, and we wish Jim and his family all of the best."

Mora turned to broadcasting after being fired from the Falcons when he became a contributor to NBC's playoff coverage.

The Seattle Seahawks announced on January 21, 2007, that Mora was joining their staff as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.

Posted by: kost52 | January 15, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Its odd to me. I mean we still need to fill the Rooney but should we read into this Mora thing?

Posted by: alex35332 | January 15, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Alex, I think it's just Danny doing his job. Mora is probably one of the best candidates out there, Head Coaching experience, winning record, playoff appearance, and a playoff victory (not looking at anyone Wade Phillips).

Posted by: kost52 | January 15, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Re: Mora


Posted by: makalb18 | January 15, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

My predicted transcript of tomorrow's meeting...

Snyder: "Hello, Jim. Great to meet you. Thanks for making the trip."

Mora, Jr.: "My pleasure. That's a nice plane you've got. Having Larry Michael doing the in-flight announcements and giving backrubs was a nice touch."

Snyder: "Well, it's the little things that make life worth living, you know. Hey, you know what would be fun? Let's get your dad on speakerphone."

Mora, Jr.: "Um...alright." (dials up his dad)

Mora, Sr.: "Hello?"

Snyder: "Hiya, Jim! This is Dan Snyder. I'm here with your son. Say, would you mind saying 'playoffs?'"

Mora, Sr.: "You want me to say 'playoffs?'"

Snyder: "Yeah, you know, like in that old press conference."

Mora, Sr.: (sighs) "Playoffs?! Don't talk about -- playoffs!"

Snyder: "Ha ha ha ha ha! Ahhh, that's GREAT! Ha ha ha ha! Ahhhhh....okay, you're a good sport, Jim. Thanks a bunch."

(hangs up phone)

Snyder: (wiping away tears) "Oh, man. Your dad is a hoot! That's classic stuff. Anyway, thanks for coming in. You can go."

Posted by: freakzilla | January 15, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

great post, freak...very funny. can you arrange to get this to Mora right now? Or better yet, to his dad....

Posted by: forces | January 15, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: alex35332 | January 15, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Freak - Haha next thing you know we'll be interviewing Dennis Green and Herman Edwards!

Posted by: kost52 | January 15, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Jim (My Dad Says I am a Good Coach) Mora Jr.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 15, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

beep-beep. new post on hall of fame voting.

Posted by: TheCindy | January 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

WJLA did a nice story on Coach Joe & grandson Taylor tonight (thanks to ES for the heads up).

Here's the link:

(I had to use IE to view it. The site didn't want to play nicely with Firefox. Just kept playing the Pohanka Acura ad over and over.)

Posted by: freakzilla | January 15, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

PLAYOFFS!!!PLAYOFFS!!! Oh...sorry, wrong Mora!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | January 15, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

How about Dick Vermeil? WE could always use a good cry every now and then...or what about Herm Edwards. After you all second guess a 4th and 1. I'd pay money for..."you play to win the game"...

Posted by: rickyroge | January 15, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware that NFL teams had to comply with the American's with Disabilities Act. Mora? He rides the short-bus to work.

Posted by: erthdog | January 16, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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