If ever there was a good time to be fired, it was after last season, when the Atlanta Falcons let Jim Mora go. Since then, Mora, now the Seattle Seahawks' secondary coach, has watched the organization he ran for three years fall into disarray, with Michael Vick, Bobby Petrino, Grady Jackson, Arthur Blank and Bill Parcells all taking their place in Falcons infamy.
Mora now gets to face his former
team for the first time since it let him go.
"I feel for those people there," Mora said, taking the high road. "I
made a lot of great friends in that organization and have a lot of great relationships
with the people there, both players and people in the front office, so I feel
for what they're going through. It's not easy and they're friends of mine and
you don't like to see your friends suffer."
There were many who believed that Mora did not deserve to be fired, leading the
Falcons to the NFC championship game his first year, then to 7-9 and 8-8 records,
a 26-22 mark overall.
"No hard feelings," Mora said. "This is a grown man's league and
I've been around this league my entire life and I understand that sometimes things
happen. Really, quite frankly, I'm very appreciative of the chance that the opportunity
that Arthur (Blank) gave me, to be a head coach in this league.
"We had a lot of success and won a lot of games and had a lot of fun. Very
rarely do those things end positively unless you decide to step away so I think
you just have to be mature enough to handle it as it comes down and I'm looking
forward to going back."
Mora offers no apologies for his desire to be a head coach again, either at the
pro or college level. He has been mentioned in rumors regarding UW and UCLA, and
his local ties lead to speculation that he one day will replace Mike Holmgren.
But, Mora says, he is not concentrating on anything other than the task at hand,
which this week is beating the Atlanta Falcons.
"I think about doing the best job I can everyday with the Seattle secondary,"
Mora said. "That's what I think about."
--OT Walter Jones did not practice on Thursday to rest a sore shoulder. He is
a game-time decision on Sunday.
--DT Rocky Bernard did not practice on Thursday to rest a sore groin. He is
questionable for Sunday's game.
--WR Deion Branch did not practice so he could rest a sore calf. He is a game-time
decision on Sunday.
--LB Nike Koutouvides injured his knee on Thursday when he banged it against
another player. The injury did not appear to be serious. He is questionable
for Sunday's game.
--WR D.J. Hackett had full participation in practice and could be available
to play for the first time in three weeks.