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: December 31, 2006, 12:32:54 PM

I think Vick would excel in Grudens offense....


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#1 : December 31, 2006, 12:27:04 PM

I like the way Vick has always made the effort to toss Mora under the bus. Maybe ATL can hire Frank "Warden" Beamer to come in an run a team more to his liking.

The problem is that game plans don't work for Vick because they always involve that darn passing.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.


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#2 : December 31, 2006, 10:29:56 AM

damn, I was going to post this article Prefer. Good stuff and pretty damning for Mora. I love it. His dad was the same way, started out taking the Saints to the playoffs the first year but never came close to getting them there again. Mora Jr is the biggest clown of an NFL coach I've ever seen.

Did anyone see the PC where he was lobbying for his job? Rattlinh off stats from the past 3 years? Really, really immature and funny to watch.

#3 : December 31, 2006, 10:32:49 AM

The guy is truly a chump.  You have to wonder how much influence his dad had in even getting him into coaching in the NFL.

In the end, the acorn didn't fall too far from the tree.

#4 : December 31, 2006, 10:27:15 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 12/30/06

Falcons owner Arthur Blank will decide this week whether to fire coach Jim Mora.

According to several team officials who spoke to the AJC on the condition of anonymity, they believe the amount of evidence stacked against the third-year coach greatly exceeds the case to keep him.

The Falcons are actively looking at possible replacements but are not yet convinced any available candidates would provide a significant upgrade, the team officials said. The team wants to make sure that if they make a change they can hire a coach whose philosophy would work with the current players.

In-depth interviews this week with key members of the Falcons organization, including players, revealed that Blank and others have major concerns about Mora. The main issues they cited:

• Mora's repeated actions during the past two years that have forced the organization into damage control. The coach's radio comments two weeks ago about his interest in the University of Washington coaching job were the latest — and most egregious — inappropriate remarks, in Blank's view.

• Mora's choice of coordinators. If Mora is not fired, there is a high probability Mora would be forced to make changes on the coaching staff that could start, but not end, with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. Mora is deeply loyal to both, especially Knapp, who is also one of his good friends.

• The team's performance this year and last season. The Falcons are 15-16 heading into today's game at Philadelphia. Blank is even more concerned the team is 4-12 in the second half of these past two seasons after 6-2 and 5-2 starts.

The crowning blow to Mora's future with the Falcons could have been a radio interview with a Seattle radio station the Thursday before a prime-time home game against Dallas on Dec. 16.

In the interview Mora said he would love to coach the University of Washington, his alma mater, even if the Falcons were in a playoff hunt — which they were.

Mora apologized a day later and said he was joking. Blank didn't buy it, several team officials said. Blank not only listened to the interview several times, but he spoke to several other people inside and outside of the organization who listened to the interview. The majority told Blank they felt Mora was sincere with his comments. Blank was insulted by Mora's comments and is still angry, team officials said. To make matters worse, Atlanta has lost both its games since then.

Gaffes began earlier

There also is concern about future flare-ups, since this was not the only time Mora has made inappropriate comments.

Last season Mora took a verbal swipe at Falcons legends Mike Kenn and Jeff Van Note, star linemen who played mostly on teams with losing records. In trying to justify his offensive line's policy of having just one player speak to the media per week, Mora said Kenn and Van Note did interviews during their playing years but it didn't translate into leading the team to many victories.

Later in the season, Mora got upset by a question from radio analyst Dave Archer during a live postgame interview. Mora ended the interview and tossed his headset to the ground. He then tried to have Archer banned from riding the team bus to the airport. Both drew responses from his bosses.

Even Mora acknowledged his repeated blunders. "You would think I would have learned by now," he said when he apologized two weeks ago for his comments on the Seattle radio station.

There also is uncertainty with members of Mora's coaching staff.

Should Mora stay, changes on the coaching staff most likely start with the replacement of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. One unknown is what would Mora do if he were asked to fire Knapp. Mora could refuse, which could force his firing or resignation.

Some players said this week that some of the decision-making by Mora's assistants and the execution by players might be more of the issue than Mora. "The focus is too much on one man," tight end Alge Crumpler said. "We're all playing for jobs. We're all playing for the right to sit in this locker room."

Mora enters today's game with a 26-21 overall record and an NFC South title and an appearance in the conference championship game — both in 2004, his first season even as a head coach. Since then, Blank has paid millions to add players such as defenders Ed Hartwell and John Abraham as well as approving the addition of more coaches, such as assistant special teams coach Steve Hoffman. He's also raised ticket prices at the Georgia Dome, promising fans a good product in return.

He expected more.

Not helping matters, the Falcons have not won games they should have. Blank told the AJC in a November interview he was upset at midseason losses to woeful Detroit and Cleveland. Blank was even more displeased, three team officials said, at the feeble performance in last Sunday's 10-3 to Carolina in Atlanta's home finale.

Decision not a light one

It is not an easy decision for Blank, who will make the final decision on Mora. Blank likes Mora and doesn't feel he has done a poor job. A victory today and a playoff berth would help Mora's chances, especially since it would be Atlanta's second postseason appearance in three years. Blank isn't solely blaming Mora for the team's woes. He is taking into account injuries, player performance — or lack thereof — and he has come to realize that winning doesn't come easy in the NFL.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is an unabashed supporter of Mora and said it is the players who have let the team down. "They know what's on the line, and if they don't they're kidding themselves," Hall said.

"If they can sit here and say that Coach Mora is the reason we're losing games, then they are kidding themselves. It's me giving up deep balls, other guys dropping passes, missed blocks. That's what is losing games."

Members of upper management are doing due diligence on potential replacements. A head coach with a strong track record like Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher or Tennessee's Jeff Fisher would be the prototype. There are concerns that hiring an assistant or college coach, like Pittsburgh's Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee's Norm Chow or USC's Pete Carroll could parallel the track Mora's already on, so why change?

Other issues throughout the season have been sore spots or question marks for management, ownership and players:

• Mora's friendliness with players, especially his relationship with Hall, whose on-and-off field actions or behavior have gone unpunished at times.

• The week-to-week, quarter-to-quarter inconsistency on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense.

• Comments from players this week, including quarterback Michael Vick and Crumpler, suggesting that the coaching game plans and schemes have led to underachievement.

Aware that his job is in jeopardy, Mora, who signed a contract extension last summer through the 2009 season, has openly stumped for his job, reeling off statistics that show improvements since he replaced Dan Reeves in 2004.

Blank has not appreciated Mora's public defending of his coaching record, team officials said. Blank also isn't putting much credence into Mora's overall 26-21 because 11 of those wins came in his first season


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#5 : December 31, 2006, 05:56:27 PM

I would love to see Mora & Jon Fox fired both have failed to have back to back winning seasons since being named head coaches.


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#6 : December 31, 2006, 06:31:44 PM

I for one would love to see Mora stay as the coach of the Falcons. The longer he stays there , the longer that organization stays down.
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