After wasting three hours of my life watching Seahawk-Buc "football", and throwing up a little bit in my mouth along the way, I was infuriated. However, I wanted to take a couple days to see if I could cool off. I haven't, and I still come to the same conclusion.
Jim Mora Jr., must be politely shown the door at the end of this season.
After struggling with this issue over the last few months, I've this reached the conclusion for many reasons. I'll start with his press conferences.
I don't have that much of a problem with him calling out his players, but addressing the media is not the way to do it. Those kinds of things must happen one-on-one and the outside world must not know about it. You have to create an "us against the world" mentality with your team. That hasn't happened.
Jim Mora is that kid on the playground who goes and talks behind his friends' back, rather than facing his friend and working it out without anyone knowing about it.
In other words, he's campaigning for his job, not fixing the toxic environment that is his clubhouse.
Secondly, his players have ZERO respect for him. After Mora called his team out, they come out, flat as ever, and were completely whipped against a 1-12 team coming in.
This happened against Arizona, Detroit, and St. Louis ALL AT HOME. While they came out as victors against Detroit and St. Louis, they really should have lost. If it weren't for Marc Bulger's incompetence and Mathew Stafford going pick-happy, the 'Hawks would have lost those as well.
And if you, as a head coach cannot get your team ready to play division rival Arizona, with a division on the line, you have no place in this league as a head coach.
Also, for a defensive minded head coach, how can you just look on while your D-Coordinator rushes three and drops eight in zone coverage again, and again, and again while JOSH FREEMAN and the vaunted Bucs O tears you up.
I'm sorry, sometimes he'd throw in some predictable five or six man blitzes, my bad.
Ugh, writing this has really clogged my brain. I'm so mad, I can't think of my reasons anymore, so I'll end with this...
Mora is an incompetent leader. He doesn't understand how to run a successful football organization. He instills absolutely no confidence or tenacity or dare I say "dirtbagery" in any of his players. Jim Lawrence Mora Jr. is a terrible, absolutely clueless head coach. While it doesn't feel right to fire someone after their first year, there are special cases, and this is one of them.
The Seahawks need to find someone with a plan to be the team's GM, and then give him the power to hire his own head coach (and surround him with a team of Ivy Leaguers who'll crunch advanced stats and superior talent evaluator’s to boot, the same stuff I've been preaching for awhile now).
If you have anything to say on Mora's behalf, please leave it in the comment boxes. I look forward to seeing what someone can come up with to defend Jim.