Report: Chargers contact Mora

AP

The new pipeline shipping college head coaches to the NFL could be transporting another college head coach with fairly extensive NFL experience.

According to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times, the Chargers have contacted UCLA coach Jim Mora regarding the possibility of replacing Norv Turner in San Diego.

But it’s not believed that Mora is interested.  Instead, it’s expected that the Chargers’ interest will result in increased pay for Mora’s assistants and improvements to the football facilities.

Mora also could end up with a little more moolah for Mora, too.

“Rest assured that I, along with Chancellor [Gene] Block and the university, share that dedication to Jim and the team, and together we are committed to, step-by-step, reaching new heights in UCLA football,” Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in an email to UCLA boosters, via Foster.

Mora has spent only one year at UCLA.  His contract has a $3 million buyout if he leaves before January 16; after that, the number drops to $2.5 million.

Mora coached the Falcons for three years, taking the team to the 2004 NFC title game.  He was surprisingly fired by the Seahawks after only one season as head coach.

31 responses to “Report: Chargers contact Mora

  1. Mora is a bit of a creep and over-reactionist like his dad (albeit his dad has provided some of THE best sound bites of all time!) but he can coach. Now whether he can coach sans M. Vick is a whole other story. He’s always seemed more suited for the D-coordinator position than a HC.

    More importantly how is it that a desired place like San Diego with a proven quarterback who needs to rehabilitated a bit seems to be just lollie-gagging around looking for a coach? Why weren’t THEY the first ones to contact Chip Kelly considering it’s a move straight south? The Chargers are just a mess but at least the LA Chargers will be nice to watch!

  2. Snake oil salesman type college coaches leveraging colleges for more money. If you’re the college, and allow this to happen, it might be prudent to at least have a good to great coach. Mora is neither.

  3. Mora will do fine in the NFL as long as he resists the temptation to hire his friend Greg Knapp as his OC. He’s the only thing holding Mora back in the NFL.

    Mora prefers to coach at the college level. Even in his days as ATLANTA’S Head coach he wanted to he a NCAA D1 Head coach.

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhh the Chargers and their re-treads.

    They brought in Bobby Ross after he got fired by the Lions. Ross then got fired in San Diego too.

    They then brought in Marty Schottenheimer after he had gotten canned by the Browns, Chiefs and Redskins. Schottenheimer later got the boot from the Chargers as well.

    Still after that, they invited Norval Turner, after Norv had flamed out with the Redskins and the Raiders. Of course, the Chargers got rid of Norv too.

    And now they’re sniffing around Jim Mora, who has been fired by the Falcons and the Seahawks.

    What is it about the San Diego Charger organization? It’s like every name coach who’s been terminated has some Svengali-like allure to them. Something about that whole definition of insanity seems to resonate here.

  5. It should be noted for those not in the know – which probably doesn’t include many who read PFT – that this is the son of Jim “Playoffs?” Mora.

  6. Surprisingly? He was the worst coach I’ve ever seen. Players hated him before he was even promoted to head coach. Dude was a total joke.

  7. Surprisingly fired? Did you not watch any Seahawks games late in that season? Some of the most pathetic football I’ve ever seen.

  8. Oh dear god no. He was terrible in Seattle. If San Diego wants to set their team back even further they should pursue Mora. Otherwise look elsewhere.

  9. If and this is a Big IF! If they hire Mora, they need to put a clause in his contract that states “Greg Knapp is to be NO WHERE in his plans of putting a coaching staff together!”

    Every time Mora has had Knapp as a OC or position coach, Mora has lost his job, because of Knapp and they underperformed.

    Hummmm, sounds like UCLA should hire Knapp, if Mora stays. This way the rest of the Pac12 could benefit from the loss of recruits to UCLA, once the kids figure that out as well.

  10. No suprise about it. Mora was garbage in his only year with the ‘Hawks. Risky as it was, it was a great decision as Pete Carroll and John Schnieder have rebuilt the Seahawks, bringing them from the bottom-5 to the top-5 in only 3 years.

    JS for Executive of the Year!

  11. Guy’s an ass. When he was with the Falcons he “joked” about pursuing other jobs, and he came back a while back to recruit for UCLA and actually bragged that he was the coach the last time the Falcons won a playoff game, leaving out the part where he, you know, got fired the next year.

    I love taking shots at the Falcons as much as the next guy but even I thought that was dumb.

  12. Whoever the Chargers bring in as the next head coach, his jobs shouldn’t include fixing the problems with the offense and Rivers. The people responsible for those jobs should be a new offensive coordinator and QB coach.

    The head coach’s job should be to oversee the entire staff and have a total view of the entire team, and not just get all caught up in one aspect of the team (tunnel vision).

    I think one of the reason that Norv has failed as a head coach, is because he seemed to be too preoccupied with the offensive. I think one of the reasons that Rex Ryan has regressed as the Jets head coach, is because he seemed to only care about defense.

  13. Wow…after the embarrassing 1 year stint in Seattle (after the awkward firing in Atlanta) what a way to lower expectations for your fans by interviewing a college coach who is a failed pro coach.

    Spanos took some terrible advice here by even including his name in the search

  14. Wow people on this thread really dislike the guy…when he was DC for the Niners he was really good ..top 5 to top 10 each year…thought the guy was pretty good on the NFL network too…I always thought in Seattle the guy had 0 talent to coach.. that was former Bear GM Jerry Angelo’s BFF ‘s Ruskells fault…and Holmgren’s not necessarily Moras

  15. Mora was fired by the Hawks because he lost the locker room after he repeatedly threw players under the bus. You can’t say that the roster lacked a whole of talent when Pete took a similar roster to a 7-9 record and a surprising playoff victory. The players quit on Mora. Not a ringing endorsement if you’re looking for a head coach.

  16. He was in way over his head in Seattle – in one season he lost control of the team and they gave up 10 games in…unheard of in season 1 of a new regime.

    This smells of Spanos doing Mora a favor by floating his name just so he can get more jack at UCLA…it makes no sense from an NFL perspective

  17. Yo “ialwayswantedtobeabanker” or whatever lame name you are…check your facts because slamming the Bolts….The Chargers hired Bobby Ross out of Georgia Tech THEN he went to the Lions….Freaking joker!!!

  18. Mora’s act wears thin quickly. His last year in Atlanta was alot like his only year in Seattle… his players get fed up with his antics and quit.

  19. jquisquis, enjoy Mora or whatever stiff you guys bring in — I’m sure whoever it is will maintain the Chargers’ proud tradition of collecting Lombardi Trophies.

  20. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 9, 2013 8:35 AM

    Ohhhhhhhhhh the Chargers and their re-treads.

    They brought in Bobby Ross after he got fired by the Lions. Ross then got fired in San Diego too.

    ———

    You might want to revisit your Bobby Ross history, considering that he was on the Lions AFTER coaching the Chargers… And took us to our first and only Super Bowl…

  21. As for Ross, big deal if one component of the sequencing of his being terminated got juxtaposed.

    All the other elements remain intact, as does this reality.

    The fact is the Chargers have an ample history of hiring day old bagels for head coaches, that they end up subsequently firing themselves.

  22. sdelmonte says: Jan 9, 2013 8:37 AM

    It should be noted for those not in the know – which probably doesn’t include many who read PFT – that this is the son of Jim “Playoffs?” Mora.
    __________________________________

    Thanks for the heads up. Just so you know, RG3 is the son of RG2.

  23. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    What is it about the San Diego Charger organization? It’s like every name coach who’s been terminated has some Svengali-like allure to them. Something about that whole definition of insanity seems to resonate here.
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    Yeah, because Belichick didn’t win after being fired from Cleveland, and Coughlin never won after being fired in Jacksonville, and Dungy never won after being fired in Tampa, Shannahan never won after being fired by the Raiders.

  24. icantadd listed a bunch of guys who have nothing to do with the San Diego Chargers.

    I listed a bunch of guys who were swings and misses for other clubs, then got hired by the San Diego Chargers, and then all got fired by the San Diego Chargers.

    My point was purely focused on the Chargers – not the good teams like the Patriots, Broncos, Colts and Giants.

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