AFC East: Jim Mora

Video: Greatest NFL tirades

December, 1, 2010

There's no news value to this video. But it sure is a lot of fun to watch.

"SportsCenter" provides a rundown of the 10 greatest NFL tirades. Talk about your favorites (or any you think should have been included) in the comments section. My personal favorites: Nos. 5, 3 and 2.

Video: Golic on new coaches in the NFL

July, 3, 2009

ESPN's Mike Golic discusses some of the new coaches heading into the 2009 season.

Kemp was the mouse that roared

May, 3, 2009
As a rookie linebacker at Los Angeles Chargers training camp in 1960, Paul Maguire assumed he would be in for all sorts of unusual experiences.

One of the first times Maguire crouched into his stance, he couldn't believe his ears.

"He was calling signals and his voice was so high I thought 'This has got to be a joke.' And then I saw him throw," said Maguire, whose voice turned into a low, rumbling chuckle. "I said 'His voice can be as high as he wants it to be.' "
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Buffalo quarterback Jack Kemp, who led the Bills to two AFL championships, died on Saturday.

Maguire was referring to Jack Kemp, a vagabond quarterback who'd been cut by four NFL teams and failed to stick with the Canadian Football League, but whose determination and screaming ambition would make him one of America's strongest voices.

"Whatever he decided he was going to do was done," Maguire said.

After years of taxi squads and pink slips, Kemp proved himself a winner and a leader. He guided the Buffalo Bills to AFL championships in 1964 and 1965 and became one our nation's most influential Republicans. He served nine terms in Congress, was a member of George H.W. Bush's cabinet and was a vice-presidential candidate.

Kemp died Saturday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 73.

"He was a terrific guy, a special friend, a special person," said Kemp's roommate at Occidental College, former NFL coach Jim Mora. "I'm pretty saddened by this."

Kemp's office released a statement in January that confirmed Kemp had cancer. Those close to him knew it was terminal.

A couple weeks ago, Mora and another Occidental roommate, NFL umpire Ron Botchan, dropped by for a weekend visit to see their old college buddy.

"It was tough because he was struggling," Mora said by phone Sunday from Palm Desert, Calif. "It wasn't the Jack that I was used to, outgoing, take charge, center of attention, dominate the conversation. That's how Jack was.

"When we saw him, he was very quiet. He couldn't talk well because he'd had radiation that affected his vocal cords. It was almost a whisper when he talked."

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Rex Ryan's apple better fall far from history's tree

January, 28, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

They were the first words out of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's mouth at last week's introductory news conference, a clever declaration establishing that he intended not only to win a Super Bowl, but quickly.

"With all the cameras and all that, I was looking for our new president back there," Ryan said, then paused for dramatic effect.

"You know, I think we'll get to meet him in the next couple years anyway."

To make that happen, Ryan must contradict history. Ryan is the fifth son of a former NFL head coach to follow in his father's sideline paces -- and the first four have set a poor standard.

Father-son NFL head coaches
Father Record Son Record
Don Shula 328-156-6 (.678) David Shula 19-52-0 (.268)
Bum Phillips 82-77-0 (.516) Wade Phillips 70-49-0 (.588)
Jim E. Mora 125-106-0 (.541) Jim L. Mora 26-22-0 (.542)
Dick Nolan 69-82-5 (.457) Mike Nolan 18-37-0 (.327)
Buddy Ryan 55-55-1 (.500) Rex Ryan ??-??-? (.???)

David Shula, Wade Phillips, Jim Mora and Mike Nolan have pockmarked résumés. They've combined for a 133-160 regular-season record and a single playoff victory.

Shula and Nolan each posted winning percentages under .300 and were fired by the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, with zero playoff appearances.

Mora is the only head coach's son to win in the playoffs, going 1-1 with the Atlanta Falcons. Phillips, the most successful with a regular-season winning percentage of .588, has failed to win in the postseason after four tries with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.

So when somebody tells you about Ryan's pedigree, enlighten him or her that bloodlines mean zilch when it comes to coaching.

Ryan will need to be his own man.