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.