Mora hints that he wanted Mark Sanchez

Thumbnail image for JimMora.jpgLosing his job has not taken Jim Mora off the NFL radar.

Since getting replaced by Pete Carroll, the former Seahawks coach has provided fodder for lip readers, and talked up Michael Vick.

In a segment on NFL Network Monday, Mora had some interesting comments about Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Seattle’s decision to pass on him with the fourth pick of the draft last year.

“I’ll tell you what, we really liked him.  I really liked him.  The offensive staff really liked him,” Mora said when asked about his interest last year.  “We had trouble getting a consensus in the room as to whether he’d be the right fit for our organization at that time.”

Well, if the staff liked him, it’s fairly easy to conclude who didn’t.  The Seahawks stuck with Matt Hasselbeck without picking a quarterback of the future.

“So,  the Jets jumped up and picked [Sanchez],” Mora continued.  “And we drafted Aaron Curry, who
we were very happy with, but I’ll tell you this. I was a big Mark
Sanchez fan then and I’m a bigger one now. I think this guy is going to
be a great one in this league.”

We could be reading too much into things, but Mora gave the clear impression that he wanted Sanchez and perhaps his G.M. at the time, Tim Ruskell, didn’t.  

We’re looking forward to finding out what Ruskell texts Mora after this one.

19 responses to “Mora hints that he wanted Mark Sanchez

  1. It’s all BS after the fact. Even Bill Walsh tried this no accountability crap when he said he wanted the Niners to draft Jake Plummer instead of Jim Druckenmiller when Walsh was a consultant back in 1997 — all because Plummer had a halfway decent three games or something for the Cards.

  2. What? cuz Sanchez played decent in the playoffs hes now back to being the “sanchise? Give me a break with the Johnny come lately crap.
    Lets not forget the other 16 games he played in where he was:
    the 2nd worst QB in the AFC- only Jamarcus Russel was rated lower!
    he threw for 53% & 150 yrds a game
    had only 12 tds and 20 picks
    and finished with a 63 qb rating
    I’ll be the first to admit he looked a little better in the playoffs, but; “…this guy is going to be a great one in this league.”
    come on!!! put this guy on a team that is truly rebuilding, that DIDN’T have the #1 Defense, and one of the top running games, and see how brutal of a year he woulda had.

  3. lets not forget that minus his last two games, sanchez had a pretty terrible year…and, furthermore, without the help of the jets defense they never would have made it to the playoffs.
    Sanchez would have changed nothing in Seattle, and Mora would have still been told to kick rocks.
    The only diffence is that today we would be reading an artical entitled: “Mora hints that he wanted to pass on Mark Sanchez”

  4. So, Jim Mora thought Sanchez was ready for the NFL, but Carroll (his replacement) didn’t. Classy, Junior.

  5. Thunderlipps says:come on!!! put this guy on a team that is truly rebuilding, that DIDN’T have the #1 Defense, and one of the top running games, and see how brutal of a year he woulda had.
    ————————–
    he had the #1 D and #1 Rushing game and still had a brutal year
    haha

  6. Am I the only one that thinks Sanchez is extremely over rated. First the “Sanchize” thing after going 3-0 to start the season, now all of the sudden he has a decent playoff and everyone forgets about his last 13 games of the regular season.

  7. I swear I think everyone watches a different guy than me. He looked like a mistake prone rookie 80 percent of the year. I would say he has aways to go. He does have nice upside though I think.

  8. @severs28:
    No, you’re not the only one who thinks that. Remember, the jerkface New York media also called Eric Mangini the “Mangenius” – just a few years before they ran him out of town.
    As always, the losers in the NY media and the people that want to be like them (ahem, no names please) do this all the time.
    People with a brain will, if nothing else, reserve judgment on guys like Sanchez until he gets a few years under his belt.

  9. Gee – given what all the expert commentators here are telling me about Sanchez’s rookie year, I’ve got some serious doubts whether Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning will ever amount to anything.

  10. “lets not forget that minus his last two games, sanchez had a pretty terrible year”
    Yeah if you don’t count the AFC Divisional playoff game and AFC Championship Game…
    Oh wait …

  11. Nobody cares Mora, move on, you don’t work here anymore… It’s easy to second guess after the fact. Not to mention that Mora was one of the biggest Curry fans out there at the beginning of the season.
    Sanchez would have gotten hammered all year long with the Hawks horrible O-Line and lack of a running game. Not to mention the dreadful defense. Sanchez has all of those things in New York. Stop it already.

  12. God, this guy is an assclown. Take some accountability some time this century. Yes, a rookie QB would have helped you get fired a whole lot quicker than Hasselback, even on his last leg.

  13. Mora doesn’t know when to talk and when to stop talking.
    Nearly every Sunday when the hawks were getting destroyed, he stood there emotionless and muted. He didn’t know what to say.
    As soon as the camera flashes in front of his eyes he turns into a blabber mouth. Calling out his kicker who sadly turned out to be the team MVP, calling Carroll a liar, calling out his players in general (the players did play crapilly, but where does that all start… the coach).

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