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    Mora could coach Seattle secondary

    I am guessing you are also looking at the next successor to Holmgren here.

    MIKE SANDO; The News Tribune
    Published: January 21st, 2007 01:00 AM
    Tim Ruskell’s phone rang after the Seattle Seahawks signed Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson in March.

    The caller had a message for Seattle’s new team president.

    “He told me (Peterson) is one of his favorite guys of all time,” Ruskell said a few weeks later.

    The caller was Jim Mora, then entering his final season as the Atlanta Falcons’ head coach.

    Mora had served as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator when Peterson played for the *****. Calling Ruskell was natural for Mora because the two worked together with the Falcons (2004).

    They might be working together again, and soon.

    The Seahawks hope to add Mora to their defensive staff in the coming days. The team has talked to Mora about taking a role that could include overseeing defensive backs. Given his experience as a head coach, Mora would also become a potential candidate to succeed Mike Holmgren, whose contract expires after the 2008 season.

    Ruskell said Friday that current Seattle assistants Larry Marmie and Ray Rhodes are candidates to coach defensive backs. The job opened when Teryl Austin accepted a similar position with the Arizona Cardinals. Austin’s contract with Seattle was about to expire.

    Mora would be the Seahawks’ top choice for the job. reported that Mora’s title could be assistant head coach/defensive backs.

    John Marshall is the Seattle defensive coordinator. Rhodes held that job starting the 2005 season, but health issues pushed him into a consulting role.

    The Seahawks think Mora’s energy could breathe life into a defense that improved late in the 2006 season, but did not meet Ruskell’s expectations.

    “Julian Peterson has the potential to take the defense to another level,” Ruskell said in March. “Our goal is to get in the top 10.”

    The Seahawks finished with a No. 19 ranking.

    Mora, 45, was a defensive back at the University of Washington in the early 1980s. His father, also Jim, coached the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.

    The younger Mora led the Falcons to an 11-5 record in 2004, his first season as head coach, before posting 8-8 (2005) and 7-9 (2006) records.

    The Falcons fired Mora earlier this month. The Falcons ranked 14th, 22nd and 22nd during his tenure.

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    Re: Mora could coach Seattle secondary

    Looks like it's official...

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    Re: Mora could coach Seattle secondary

    Good, and I hope he is Holmgrens successor. If he coaches the Hawks anything like he coached the Falcons, we could be in for a couple good years in the NFC West


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