NFC West: Pam Oliver

Mailbag: Seattle and the Mora decision

October, 22, 2008
10/22/08
8:24
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rob from San Diego writes: Sando, Is Seattle going to re-think their pick of Jim Mora as head coach in 09'? Our DB's are awful and he is responsible for that unit. Granted there are many other holes in the D.... But it seems to me like it might not be best to decision to hand over the team to a coach that is responsible for the 4th worst rated pass D in the NFL (that just got torched by TB!).

Mike Sando: Mora got credit for the secondary showing improvement in 2007. Are we to assume that he has become a bad secondary coach in the last few months, and that he therefore would not be the right head coach?

My analysis of the Mora hiring would include looking at how defenses have performed when he was a coordinator, and how teams have performed when he was the head coach. That is what I did when the Seahawks hired Mora as defensive backs coach in January 2007. Results here.

To answer your question: No, I do not expect Seattle to change its mind on Mora.


JThomas from Ephrata, Wash., writes: Mike, Given Jim Mora jr.'s U of W ties, do you see him backing out of the Seahawk coaching job to become the Huskies' head coach?

Mike Sando: I wouldn't assume Jim Mora wants the University of Washington job more than the NFL job based on offhand remarks Mora made to his college roommate on a radio show two years ago.

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On the air: Rams in Week 3

September, 17, 2008
9/17/08
10:00
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Fox's Matt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson and Nischelle Turner visit Seattle for the Rams-Seahawks game in Week 3. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. PT.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1STL
PHIFoxKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7
2STL
NYGFoxJoe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
1 of 7
3
STL
SEAFoxMatt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson, Nischelle Turner
6 of 7

CBS and Fox each have seven crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

On the air: Rams in Week 2

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
12:50
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver of Fox's top-ranked NFL crew visit St. Louis for the Rams' home opener against the Giants in Week 2. Kickoff is at noon CT. I'll track which crews work specific games within the division to see how the networks perceive national interest.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1STL
PHIFoxKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7
2STL
NYGFoxJoe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
1 of 7

CBS and Fox each have seven crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

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