The Jim Mora Firing: What People Are Saying
By Matt Pitman
Today’s news of the firing of Jim Mora by the Seahawks has sent shockwaves around the football world across many levels. The movers and shakers of the NFL media elite have had their hands full tackling the various angles. We’ve had it covered wall to wall with the big names covering this story from the local and national perspective. Here’s what they’re saying.
Within an hour of the story breaking it took a dramatically different course, when ESPN’s Chris Mortensen announced that the Seahawks have been in talks with USC head coach Pete Carroll about becoming head coach along with control of the football decisions, and that Carroll is interested in the job. Mortensen believes this is exactly the opportunity Carroll has been looking for to re-enter the NFL.
Mort also said he would be surprised if the deal doesn’t happen.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first with the news Friday morning. He says if the Peter Carroll to Seattle speculation is true, it could be the biggest story of the offseason. Schefter says the Seahawks are “Honing in on Pete Carroll is the guy they’d like to take over the program and run the Seattle Seahawks. It certainly looks as if it’s going in this direction and it has enormous reverberations on the football world.” He also told Brock and Salk that Carroll would have complete control of the football operations if/when he takes the job.
Former Seahawks Quarterback Trent Dilfer says he found the news shocking. He points to his time with the Seahawks when they, as he said “stunk” but were able to turn it around a few years later and make it to a Superbowl.
Colin Cowherd, host of “The Herd” weekdays 7-11 on 710 ESPN Seattle, is not a fan of a Pete Carroll to Seattle move. Colin brings up some interesting points why this wouldn’t be good for the Seahawks or USC, in his opinion.
From the local perspective, Clare Farnsworth on seahawks.com says the internal audit that took place proved fatal for Mora. “It made them realize just how bad this season was. As you’re going through it you’re struggling to get game by game. But as the players talked about in the lockerroom on Monday, it wasn’t only a bad season, it was a bad season that got worse.”
710 ESPN Seattle Seahawks Insider Dave Wyman says “I think he’s a really good football coach, but I’ve always said that not every good football coach should be a head coach.”
Seattle Times Seahawks beat writer Danny O’Neil also joined Brock and Salk and talked about the Seahawks decision, the reasons leading up to it and the fallout.
Finally, for now, I’ll leave you with this from the L.A. Times. It looks like this thing is probably going to come down soon and that it’s been in the works between the Seahawks and Carroll for a few days.
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