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Not to be confused with his father Jim E. Mora.

James Lawrence "Jim" Mora (born November 19, 1961 in Los Angeles, Californiamarker) is the head coach for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. From 2004-06, Mora was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, where his regular season record was 26–22 (.542), and was 1–1 with a bye in the 2004 playoffs.

On February 5, 2008, the Seahawks signed Mora to a five year contract to become the team's next head coach when then head coach Mike Holmgren retired following the 2008 season.

Mora is the son of retired NFL head coach Jim E. Mora. To differentiate between the two, Jim Mora is often referred to as “Jim Mora, Jr.”. However some, like Monte Kiffin, refer to him as “J.L. [Mora]”.

Early years

As the son of an assistant coach in college football, Mora lived in various locations as a child: primarily in Boulder, Coloradomarker (ages 7–12) and also in Californiamarker, mostly in the Los Angelesmarker area. When Jim was 12, his father left Coloradomarker after the 1973 football season to join the coaching staff at UCLAmarker.

After one season in Los Angelesmarker, Mora accepted a position at the University of Washingtonmarker under new head coach Don James, and the Moras moved north from Los Angelesmarker to the Seattlemarker area when Jim was 13. His father would coach the defensive line at Washingtonmarker for three seasons before moving over to the pro ranks with the Seattle Seahawks in 1978, where he coached for four years under Jack Patera. The younger Jim Mora attended Hyak Junior High and Interlake High School in Bellevuemarker, where he graduated in 1980.

Mora was a member of the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and played defensive back at Washington from 1980–83, appearing in two Rose Bowlsmarker. He began his coaching career directly after college as a graduate assistant for the Huskies under head coach Don James in 1984, and began his pro football coaching career in 1985.

Assistant coach

Jim Mora hired on as a quality control coach with the San Diego Chargers in 1985, moving up to coach the secondary in 1989. In 1992, he moved to the New Orleans Saints to coach under his father, head coach Jim E. Mora. In 1997, the younger Mora moved to the San Francisco 49ers to coach under Steve Mariucci, and became the 49ers' defensive coordinator in 1999 where his son, Ryder, went to school with Nicholas. He was retained by new head coach Dennis Erickson in 2003.

Head coach

In 2004, Jim Mora was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their head coach. He led the Falcons to a record of 11–5 and a first round bye in the playoffs. Atlanta hosted and defeated the St. Louis Rams 47–17 in the divisional round, and advanced to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost 27–10 on the road to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2005, the Falcons went 8–8. Mora characterized the season as a "disappointing year." This non-winning season continued one of the NFL's strangest records - the Falcons have never had back-to-back winning seasons in the history of the franchise, a 40-year statistical oddity that no other modern professional team has matched. During a rematch of the 2004 NFC Championship with the Philadelphia Eagles, Mora was seen smelling ammonia capsules on the sidelines during a Monday Night Football broadcast. John Madden noted that some coaches use the capsules during games, although they are mostly for players' use. Following the season, Mora signed a three-year contract extension with the Falcons, extending his contract through the 2009 season.

In 2006, the national media and the Falcons fans had high expectations. However, Mora led the Falcons to a 7–9 record, losing his final three games, including two at home, and missed the playoffs for a second straight year. On December 14, while the Falcons were still statistically alive in their quest for the playoffs, Mora said during a radio interview with Dave "Softy" Mahler and former Huskies teammate/roommate Hugh Millen on Seattlemarker sports-talk radio station KJR-AM that if it were offered, he would take the head coaching job at the University of Washington (a job that was not open), "even if [the Falcons] were in a playoff run." While Mora later claimed that he was only kidding, he was criticized by many Falcons fans as well as members of the national media who claimed that making such comments was irresponsible. Team owner Arthur Blank publicly expressed his disapproval of Mora's comments.

Following the season, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they had fired Jim Mora. Arthur Blank told the media, Mora turned to broadcasting after being fired from the Falcons when he became a contributor to NBC's playoff coverage.

The Seattle Seahawks announced on January 21, 2007, that Mora was joining their staff as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.

Following the 2007 season, Mora interviewed for the Washington Redskins head coaching job after Joe Gibbs resigned, but Mora declined the position to stay with the Seahawks.

One year after the Seahawks planned on having Mora become the heir apparent to Mike Holmgren as head coach, Mora was officially named the 7th head coach in franchise history in 2009, upon Holmgren's retirement after the 2008 season. His first official press conference as the new Seahawks head coach was given on January 13, 2009, where he enthusiastically shared his vision of bringing a Super Bowl championship to Seattle and having a championship parade from the Space Needle to the 'Hawks stadium, Qwest Field.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ATL 2004 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC South 1 1 .500 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Championship Game.
ATL 2005 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC South - - - -
ATL 2006 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC South - - - -
ATL Total 26 22 0 .542 1 1 .500
SEA 2009 4 7 0 .364 3rd in NFC West
SEA Total 4 7 0 .364 - - -
Total 30 29 0 .508 1 1 .500


Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Mora Jr. has served: Following first head-coaching job

Assistant coaches under Jim Mora Jr. who became NFL head coaches:

Family

Mora is married to his wife, Shannon, with a daughter Lillia, and three sons, Cole, Ryder and Trey. He has two brothers: Stephen, a mortgage broker in Bend, Oregonmarker and Michael, an architect in Seattle.

Notes

  1. USATODAY.com - Analysts agree: Owens' antics cost himself fat contract
  2. http://www.espn.com/seahawks
  3. http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/seahawks/story/594188.html
  4. Jim Mora Jr. Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. Seattle Seahawks Coaching Bio


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