NFL Rumors: Will the San Diego Chargers Hire Jim Mora?

By Kenny Gardner
Jim Mora San Diego Chargers
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According to Gregg Rosenthal of, “UCLA head coach Jim Mora has reportedly been contacted by the San Diego Chargers for their open head-coaching position.”

Rosenthal continued by saying “The Los Angeles Times cites multiple sources in reporting the Chargers have ‘contacted’ Mora. But Mora is ‘likely to remain’ in UCLA according to the newspaper.”

Mora, the son of former NFL head coach Jim Mora, was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006 which included a trip to the NFC Championship game during the 2004 NFL season.  Mora also coached the Seattle Seahawks for one season.

Mora has a 31-33 record in the regular season and is 2-1 in the postseason, with his only season with a winning record coming in 2004 when Atlanta finished the regular season at 11-5.

Mora’s teams got worse as each season went by, so hiring him would be risky.  Atlanta had an 8-8 record in 2005, a 7-9 record in 2006 and Seattle had a 5-11 record in 2009.

In Mora’s three seasons with Atlanta, they ranked 15th, 13th and 11th in yards per play, but this was due to the running ability of Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn. Their leader in receiving yards per game averaged 55, 55 and 49 yards per game during these seasons.

When Mora was Seattle’s head coach, they ranked 25th in yards per play with Seattle’s quarterbacks combining to throw for 20 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

It seems very unlikely that Mora will be San Diego’s next head coach, but if he gets the job, the front office has to bring in an offensive coordinator who will make them more explosive on offense.  San Diego ranked 30th out of 32 teams in yards per play during the 2012 NFL season.

Mora was a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach prior to becoming a head coach.  San Diego’s defense was much improved in 2012, but they need a head coach who focuses on both sides of the ball.


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