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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Mora advances Curry-Sanchez discussion

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Former Seahawks coach Jim Mora, speaking as an analyst for NFL Network, recently left the impression with some that he might have wanted the Seahawks to draft Mark Sanchez over Aaron Curry last year.

Dave Mahler of KJR950 Seattle raised the subject with Mora during a radio conversation Tuesday.

"No, not even close," Mora told Mahler. "What I’m saying is we really, really liked Mark Sanchez but did not have a clear consensus in the building. … We had a clear consensus on Aaron Curry. We all liked Aaron Curry. But I loved Mark Sanchez. Our offensive staff loved Mark Sanchez. Coming out, he was a winner, a proven winner. Sure, there were some unknowns about him, but I think he has dispelled those. He has won at every level that he has ever played at. He won at SC on a big stage. He has risen to the occasion in the playoffs and taken his game to another level. But we had a lot of needs last year in Seattle. We had a clear consensus on Aaron Curry and went that way."

Did the Seahawks err in passing on Sanchez? It's a subject that generated quite a bit of discussion here last week. We haven't heard the last from Curry, of course. His career is only beginning and there were indications early last season that he could be a force as a pass-rusher. The challenge for the new coaching staff is finding ways for Curry to reemerge, with or without a healthy Lofa Tatupu to help run the defense.