Friday, February 12, 2016

Mora among three candidates to replace McDermott

Former Falcons and Seahawks coach Jim L. Mora is a candidate to replace Sean McDermott, according to an ESPN report.

Mora among three candidates to replace McDermott

The Eagles are reported interested in former Falcons coach Jim Mora to replace Sean McDermott. (AP File Photo/Rogelio Solis)
The Eagles are reported interested in former Falcons coach Jim Mora to replace Sean McDermott. (AP File Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Jim Mora has emerged as a "serious" candidate to fill the Eagles' vacant defensive coordinator position, according to a source close to the situation.

The former Falcons and Seahawks coach joins Eagles senior assistant Dick Jauron and former Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis as the three primary contenders for Sean McDermott's old job, the source said. The list could grow to include other candidates.

The interview process has yet to begin and may be delayed because head coach Andy Reid is currently vacationing.

Mora last coached in Seattle and was fired after one season. During his three-year stint in Atlanta he coached current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

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McDermott, meanwhile, has already interviewed with Denver and Carolina to fill their defensive coordinator needs, a league source said.


Former Falcons and Seahawks head coach Jim L. Mora is among the candidates to become the Eagles new defensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report citing an unidentified source.

Billy Davis, who the Cardinals recently fired as defensive coordinator, is another name mentioned in the report.

Eagles secondary coach Dick Jauron is another obvious candidate, but so far the team has kept mostly quiet about others who may or may not be considered.

Mike Singletary is one name likely ruled out. Another, Rob Ryan, is off the table after reportedly landing the Cowboys' defensive coordinator job.

Mora coached the Seahawks in 2009, but was fired after one season. His Seattle team finished near the bottom of the league in most key defensive categories, including 25th in points allowed. He was head coach of the Falcons for three seasons, but those team's defenses generally finished in the middle of the pack or near the bottom in most statistical categories. Before getting the Falcons job he was defensive coordinator for the 49ers.

Davis ran the Cardinals defense for the past two seasons but was fired earlier this month. The Cardinals finished near the bottom of the league in major defensive categories, including 30th in points allowed and 29th in yards-per-game. In sharp contrast to the Eagles, though, the Cardinals finished first in red zone defense.

The report also said McDermott could be a candidate to become defensive coordinator in Denver or Carolina.

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