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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Not so fast on Jim Mora to Philly

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Over the weekend, former Seahawks and Falcons head coach Jim Mora emerged as the leading candidate to replace Sean McDermott as the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator. But now the Denver Broncos have entered the picture, and they could have a decided advantage.

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News has a story this morning about a promise Mora made to his family. And since Mora's current home, Seattle, is closer to Denver than Philadelphia, it looks like Broncos coach John Fox has "home-court" advantage.

If Mora ends up with Denver, the Eagles may have to settle for veteran coach Dick Jauron. It certainly didn't take McDermott long to find a job after being fired by the Eagles. And with such an important decision on the line, does anyone else find it strange that Andy Reid has gone on vacation?

I realize that he can be reached by phone, but it seems like you'd want the lead decision-maker in your organization to be in the building during a coaching search. I'm pretty sure Jason Garrett's been in the office this week while trying to finalize his staff.

The Eagles have been undermined by their defense in consecutive seasons. And that's why this is the most important hire Reid will make in some time.