Somebody Please Keep The Moras Off The Radio
Someone please get those microphones away. That man is a Mora...nothing good can come of this.
Atlanta Falcons' Coach Jim Mora is taking some heat for a radio appearance, just a few weeks after his father took heat for radio comments about Michael Vick being a coach killer.
Mora the younger is taking heat for an interview on a Seattle radio station in which he was asked about his interest in the coaching job at University of Washington if the job should open up. The interview was conducted by former Mora college roomate and fellow UDub alum, Hugh Millen. Mora said it was his dream job and that he would leave Atlanta in a heartbeat for it.
Obviously, it's horrible judgement to joke about leaving your job in such a public forum. Especially when you are having an up and down season. Giving ownership any reason to lose confidence in you is a bad, bad move.
Mora took a lot of heat on Sunday Countdown on ESPN. TJ brought up that if TO ever made comments like this, he'd be grilled. They also insinuated that there was a serious tone to his voice in the interview, and played the interview.
The portions that they played would actually make one wonder, because Mora did sound serious, and the guys interviewing him sounded more surprised than amused.
Most interesting, is that ESPN for some reason, chose not to play an important line from the interview. At the end of the segment on the UDub job, Mora said, "As I'm sitting here, I'm looking at a Huskies helmet."
Now, that is something that really could loosen up the serious tone of the interview, up to that point. That comment really makes it clear it was a joke. But ESPN hasn't been playing that on TV.
Mora made an ill conceived joke, poorly delivered at a bad time. But ESPN seems to be doing all they can to shovel more shit on Mora.
Joke or not. We think Mora's job was in jeopardy with the way this season and Michael Vick have progressed (or lacked solid progress). This only gives Arthur Blank more doubt.