Team source calls Mora 'consensus' choice

ESPN.com has confirmed Thursday that the Atlanta Falcons has hired San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora as their head coach.

Updated: January 16, 2004, 6:13 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- On a day when the Atlanta Falcons appeared poised to pursue the biggest fish in the pool of potential head coaching candidates, the franchise reversed course, with ESPN.com confirming the club has hired San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora.

Mora agreed in principle to a five-year, $7.5 million contract, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported.

The Thursday decision to hire Mora wasn't overly surprising, given that he fits the profile the team had developed in its search ...

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