Layoffs? From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Steve “Don’t Call Me Sam” Wyche.
Falcons coach Jim Mora was fired today ” New Year’s Day ” as team owner Arthur Blank deemed the direction of the team needed to be changed.
Mora’s three-year tenure ended with a tumultuous three-game losing streak that brought his overall record to 26-22. Mora is the second coach in the franchise’s 41-year history to be fired with a winning record.
Off the field, Mora hurt himself when he insulted former Falcons’ offensive linemen Jeff Van Note and Mike Kenn last season, claiming their willingness to talk to the media – unlike his linemen – did not help them pull most of their teams out of their losing ways. In a radio interview three weeks ago, said he would leave his current job to coach at the University of Washington, his alma mater.
Those prompted damage control by the franchise and angered Blank, especially the recent radio interview in which Mora said he was joking.
Possible replacements could include: Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, Norm Chow; University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino; Jim Caldwell, assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Indianapolis; Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator, Bears; Cam Cameron, offensive coordinator, Chargers; Mike Tomlin, defensive coordinator, Vikings; Mike Singletary, assistant head coach, LB coach, 49ers; Ken Whisenhunt, offensive coordinator, Steelers; Steve Mariucci, former Lions, 49ers head coach and University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
When and if Nick Saban finally gives up the charade and allows the Crimson Tide to give him more money than God, I suspect Mora will be on the Dolphins’ shortlist of coaching candidates.
The same, however, cannot be said of Denny Green, whose firing in Arizona today will come as a surprise to absolutely no one.