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Jim Mora Talk: I Like The Sound Of It

Last week I read a great Mike Leach article here on BN. This time it's Mora Jr.'s turn. Found a great article in the Seattle Times on one of the names rumored to be on UCLA radar. There are some choice excerpts that I really enjoyed reading. I like the sound of a guy who is not a self promoter:

Mora spent one year coaching in college and then he went to the San Diego Chargers in 1985, where one of his responsibilities was keeping the soda machine full.

He has been in the NFL ever since. He has coached the Saints defensive backs and coordinated the 49ers defense, his charisma and communication skills becoming his calling card.

That's why his silence speaks so loudly. He did not respond to interview requests for this story. To talk about himself would risk sounding like a self-promoter, or worse yet, a coach coveting another's job.

Better to stay silent.

He led the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game in 2004, his first year with the franchise, but the next two years his team went 3-7 in the month of December, failed to make the playoffs both years and then came last year's radio interview on KJR-AM in which he proclaimed the Washington coaching job as his dream destination. That didn't go over well down South. Not even after Mora said he was joking on the air with Hugh Millen, another college roommate.

After Atlanta let him go, Mora became a finalist for the Dolphins' head-coaching job. The New York Giants expressed interest in him as a defensive coordinator, too, but he came to Seattle, injecting a little enthusiasm and a whole lot of confidence into a defensive backfield that is emboldened with some swagger these days.

I like the sound of a guy who take cares of the little details: He's someone who speaks the players' language. A coach who downloaded specific songs for his players to warm up to when he was in Atlanta. Someone who challenges his players and challenges himself. And I like the sound of a guy who is viewed as "responsive" and "prepared": "He's just really responsive to any questions or issues you have," Russell said. "You bring something you feel is a gray area and he will go solve the problem."

Hooting doesn't defend a third-down pass. Hollering doesn't stop the fullback during a goal-line stand. It's the combination of Mora's red-hot fire poker of enthusiasm and his ability to give proper marching orders that distinguishes him.

"Everybody talks about how cool he is," safety Deon Grant said. "But it's even better when you've got a coach who's cool but knows his stuff. I can't say I have went into one game not having great preparation during the week."

Here is the rest of the article.

Bonus points. If Mora Jr. comes to town that probably means DyNoMite is gone and total clean break from last five fucked up years of UCLA football.

I like the sound of it.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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