Tuesday, January 2, 2007

No Mora Soup for YOU!

Yesterday, after losing to the Eagles 3rd string team (after the Eagles were assured of being in the playoffs with the loss of Dallas to the Lions), the Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Jim Mora. In his press conference, Mora padded his own stats and talked about everything he had done right with the Falcons, and very little he had done wrong (which sounds like a certain quarterback I know of.)

Mora was outcoached many of his games here. His lack of ability to gameplan for success during halftime was only the icing on the cake for the three year coach. He was also highly critisized by Falcons ownership for his interview with a west coast radio station. In it, he stated he would jump at the chance to coach at the University of Washington. He said if the UW job was offered to him, he would leave immediately, even if his current team, the Falcons, were in the midst of a playoff run. Such lack of judgement in publicly airing his lack of dedication to the team is unforgivable. It also made Authur Blank look like a fool for hiring him.

Last year Mora was on a cell phone in the middle of a game talking about the playoff ramifications should the game be tied (he had to make a decision to go for 1 or 2 points after a touchdown late in the game). Head coaches should have their attention on the game, not talking on a cell phone.

Mora was also critisized for being too "buddy-buddy" with some players. Such relationships can lend one to think that it may have played a role in who started and who played, rather than which players gave the team the best chance to win.

Mora worked very hard as a head coach for the Falcons, nonetheless, it's hard to understand how he can allow such unprofessionalism to derail the effort he put into it. So long, Coach Mora, and don't let the door hit you on the way out !

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