Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was his usual, honest self during an interview with ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore this afternoon.
Mora did not hold back when asked how he felt about his dismissal at the end of the season. He said he hopes to get back into coaching soon and did not rule out the possibility of coaching in college. And along with continuing his work with the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, Mora said he will continue to pursue jobs in the media as a TV analyst. Mora said he’s currently working "pro bono" for the NFL Network.
He also understands that although he would like to continue to raise his family in the Seattle area, if he continues his coaching career most likely he will have to uproot his family.
“I love coaching,” Mora said. “But in order to coach, I’m probably going to have to move. And moving means taking my family away from the city I love.”
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Mora is still upset with the way he was fired at the end of the season, when he was asked to do an end-of-the-season press conference while the Seahawks were asking Pete Carroll if he would be interested in being the head coach of the team on the same day. The Seahawks fired Mora two days late.
Mora also said he has not heard from Paul Allen since being dismissed in January.
“The Seahawks as an organization have every right to make any decision they want to make,” he said. “And they had the right to fire me. That’s just the way it goes. But the two things that bother me are this – A.) They sent me out to a press conference after the season while they were down in L.A. interviewing Pete Carroll, which to me was inexcusable. And No. 2, I’ve never talked to Paul Allen.”
Mora went to say that although he’s been a fan since the team’s inception and he has several good friends within the organization, it will be hard to root for them on the field this year.
*Mora confirmed earlier reports that OG Rob Sims has been asked to stay away from the Seahawks facility and likely will be playing elsewhere in 2010.
* Mora said if he still was the head coach for the Seahawks he would draft a quarterback and running back with the No. 6 and No. 14 picks.
* On the Charlie Whitehurst move: “I had no idea who Charlie Whitehurst was until there was talk about him. I’d never heard of the guy. And then I was reminded that he was the guy who threw the interception to Nick Reed in the preseason. So I don’t know much about the guy. Obviously they saw something in him and think he can be successful. I don’t know him. I have some friends on the San Diego staff and they’re feeling pretty darn good about the deal. But obviously time tells with these things.”
* Mora said Seahawks general manager John Schneider is respected around the league as a talent evaluator.
* On Matt Hasselbeck: “If he stays healthy then he can play for awhile. I’m a Matt Hasselbeck fan. I think he’s a courageous guy. I think he’s tougher than people give him credit for. I think he’s a great decision maker with throws of accuracy. And he’s had some back luck the last, couple years with injuries. I think if he can stay healthy he can be very productive.”
Listen to the interview with Mora in this audio link.