Jim Mora tosses some grenades at the Falcons

Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, right, and quarterback Michael Vick (7) watch from the sideline late in the second half as the Green Bay Packers seal their 33-25 victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, right, and quarterback Michael Vick (7) watch from the sideline late in the second half as the Green Bay Packers seal their 33-25 victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

Lil’ Jimmy Mora is already running off his mouth in his new post at UCLA.

In an interview with Mike Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mora took some not-so -veiled shots at the current regime.

“The bottom line is this: The last time the Falcons won a playoff game, I was the head coach,” Mora told the AJC. “Kids remember that game, the 47-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. A lot of kids around Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the Southeast follow the Falcons. They know that was the last time that the Falcons have won a playoff game.

“So kids are interested with that connection to the Falcons, and the parents are interested in that, too. They all wonder why the Falcons haven’t won a playoff game since, and I can’t answer that question. For all the success that the Falcons have had since we left, they still haven’t won a playoff game — and that resonates with people”

“When we recruit kids around there, people remember me as the coach that led the Falcons to the NFC championship game, and the coach who coached Mike Vick. So I think things like that are very helpful when recruiting in that area.”

Really?

No, really?

Mora took credit coaching Michael Vick. The same player who admitted to basically freesytling and to not bothering to read his game plan. Vick was the same player that he let run around the field dangling the ball around like a hand grenade.  (BTW, he called it athletic arrogance. Others called it poor fundamental mechanics.)

Mora is correct. He is the last coach to guide the Falcons to a playoff win.

But he’s also the last Falcons coach to start the season 6-2 and finish 2-6 in 2005. He’s also the franchise’s last coach to coach a full season and post a losing record.

After going 11-5 in his first season, he went 8-8 and 7-9 before getting fired. His final record was 28-23 (.549) and 1-1 (.500) in the playoffs.

Smith, who took over after Vick was sent to federal prison and Bobby Petrino bolted under the cover of darkness, is 43-21 (.671). Smith is 0-3 (.000) in the playoffs.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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124 comments Add your comment

Nolefalcon

February 13th, 2012
5:57 am

Bravo standing up for Smitty DLed.

robertussen

February 13th, 2012
6:02 am

what did mora do but take over coach reeves team and turn it to crap. coach smith gave this franchise something it never had, stability

dirtyo11

February 13th, 2012
6:42 am

No matter what Smith record is or what Mora record was. All we want to do is win. I’m in the military and I bragg about all the Ga sports but my fellow battle buddies destroy me when they talk about the last time we won a Championship in Ga (bulldogs -1980, Falcolns-never, Hawks-never & Braves-1994). And we wonder why our kids don’t want to stay home when it come time for recruiting. Fla, Bama, Aurburn, LSU, FSU all have won Championships in the late 90s – 2011. It’s time we bring that winning spirit back to Ga.& as fans stop complaining about who we sign or who coaches us. ALL WE WANT TO DO IS WIN

GTChamps

February 13th, 2012
6:56 am

You are forgetting the GT championship in 90. O’ thats right, you must be a Puppies fan.

doodoobailey

February 13th, 2012
7:01 am

GT Chumps….he wasn’t talking about split championships (Colorado is still laughing at you).

Wait didn’t Tek win the ACC in 2009? Oh wait….they cheated, I forgot.

Paddy

February 13th, 2012
7:06 am

Mora will have his “hat” handed to him if he tries to recruit extensivily in Georgia. He is a “short timer”!

trademark

February 13th, 2012
7:13 am

Once an arrogant little spoiled brat punk-a§$ kid, always an arrogant little spoiled brat punk-a§$ kid.

“Daddy, get me a coaching job!”

Please L’il Jimmy.

sports fan

February 13th, 2012
7:18 am

hey dirtyo11 the braves won in 1995 not 94
mora=loser

Markmjtx

February 13th, 2012
7:29 am

USC owns LA. Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez enter the conference along with Stanford, Oregon and Washington remaining strong. Those are going to be the biggest obstacles to Jim Mora.

AlanFalcon

February 13th, 2012
7:31 am

Mora will be out of UCLA before his contract expires, hasn’t had any sucess since his downhill slide with the Falcons, has a big mouth and a lot of pride without the ability !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SirReal

February 13th, 2012
7:32 am

Come on Jimmy Dean…..we beat a Rams team that clearly didnt belong in the playoffs. What happened in the NFC Championship game? Enjoy the college ranks b/c you’ll probably never be an NFL head coach again.lol D Led that was funny.lol

Pool guy

February 13th, 2012
7:42 am

Playoffs. Playoffs? I think his daddy will be remembered for the beer commercials,but poor little Jimmy? I wouldnt let this guy coach my pee wee football team. Playoffs ?

Kramer

February 13th, 2012
7:42 am

Lil’ Jimmy is a legend is in own little mind. The boy can’t coach his way out of a paper bag.

Fan of the Game

February 13th, 2012
7:51 am

Dan Reeves and Leeman Bennett are the two best coaches the Falcons have had. Mora showed his true colors by even commenting on his time with the Falcons. He needs to remember he was fired and the team was in worst shape when he left than when he got there.

Dr. Gooseneck Bender

February 13th, 2012
7:54 am

Goes to show this dude just has no grasp on reality. How about someone ask how many jobs he’s had since the Falcons jettisoned this chaff and why the NFL won’t give him a sniff since he bombed with the Seahawks.

The name Mora must mean “Don’t know when to shut up” in Slavic or something. At least it does for Jim Sr and Jr.

The over/under on his UCLA career is 2 years. He’ll mess up some recruiting rules, thinking he’s above the rules, and put the Bruins on the wrong side of the NCAA for long after he’s gone

Dan

February 13th, 2012
8:08 am

Everytime I think of Mora I think of the time when he had his headset on and he was trying to coach the game and he looked frustrated and yanked them off because Arthur Blank was on the sideline bugging him. Arthur Blank was probably like the coach on the opposing team in the movie MASH asking Mora what he thought of the new cheerleaders.

Tha Real Falcon

February 13th, 2012
8:13 am

Look as a season ticket holder I was disappointed in Mora’s last two years here. However your couching ststs with phrases like “he was the last coach to coach a full season to lead the team to a losing record” is disingenious. You only used the phrase “to coach a full season” to ignore Petrino’s season which even if he had not left was going to be a losing season. One worse than Mora’s 7-9 final season.

If you don’t like the guy, fine. We are fans who have to pay to go to the games want to win playoff games. He did that. Evem with a freestyling QB. That’s just a fact!

Tha Real Falcon

February 13th, 2012
8:17 am

If you read the whole interview he said that he uses that a a recruiting tool. He IS the last one to win a playoff game. If you love him or hate him the facts don’t lie.

Bubba Bean

February 13th, 2012
8:22 am

What a arrogant little narcissist! He’s a legend in his own mind! I’m sure every coaching failure he has ever had is someone else’s fault. People like ‘lil Jimmy, who cannot (or will not) face their own failures are bound to repeat them because they do not learn from them. What a loser!

Boom Dizzle

February 13th, 2012
8:23 am

It’s funny what Little Jimmy remembers. While I do remember the last playoff win vs the Rams (a bad Rams team at that)….is this
– Going 4 — 12 in the 2nd half of his last two seasons here. And that includes a lot of losses to awful teams (AT HOME)
– Players running the asylum.
– Players admitting that they weren’t giving their all. Including your QB who was more interested in running his “empire” than playing QB.
– You being stupid enough to say (WHILE YOU HAVE AN NFL JOB) that you’d rather be coaching at a college program…..

Funny that Little Jimmy doesn’t remember that part….

Big Dude

February 13th, 2012
8:43 am

I thought he said, on that radio show while coaching the Falcons, that he wanted to coach in Washington?

Foothills

February 13th, 2012
8:49 am

Little Mora still coaching? In L.A.? Better bring Pampers in by the truckload for those two spoiled brats in tinseltown. Just another reason to hate the left coast.

Sean

February 13th, 2012
8:50 am

Mike Smith has yet to win a playoff game, and he’s already the most consistent coach the Falcons have ever had.

HeGotttaPoint

February 13th, 2012
8:53 am

Smitty and crew are 0 for 3 in the playoffs and only coming close once.

PMC

February 13th, 2012
8:54 am

Didn’t know I’d become a Lane Kiffin fan, but hey, here I am.

derrick

February 13th, 2012
8:54 am

You can say what you want, but he won in the playoffs. With all this better coaching,better players, Coach Smith hasn’t gotten the job done. Playoff wins are what count. If you want to just look good in regular season stick with the current regime, you can win a championship without winning playoff games.

blazerdawg

February 13th, 2012
8:58 am

What is UCLA thinking? I give him two and a half seasons.

True Falcon Fan

February 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Dled — Perfect photo for this article “Coach Killer” next to “Jimmy Jr.” — Perfect!!!

At least Mora learned something while here. Being this close to the SEC he knows where the best recruits to be had………..

Let’s move-on Falcon Fans from these “Dirt Bags”!!!!!!

retired

February 13th, 2012
9:32 am

to those that knock Smith and probably the same ones that ragged on Cox, Both have been consistent winners and at least positioning the team to have a chance in the playoffs. Much rather win it all BUT if you don’t make the playoff you don’t have a chance to win a game. Rather be working in the right direction with Smith than the wrong direction with Mora …… not even close.

SawThat1nce

February 13th, 2012
9:35 am

UCLA’s commitment to winning their conference’s championship has been questioned by some of the NCAA football experts.

1eyedJack

February 13th, 2012
9:36 am

I hope he recruits a team full of Ron Mexicos and MeAngelo Halls.

Frankie

February 13th, 2012
9:37 am

WOnder why NO NFL team has looked at him for a HEAD COACHING POSITION, hell even Sorry Tampa Bay went to RUTGERS to get there Coach…RUTGERS….
Jimmy MORA Jr….you are the JOKE of the week……
6-8(overall)/5-4(conference) I don’t see Mora winning more than 3 games next season.

SawThat1nce

February 13th, 2012
9:37 am

retired9:32am…….Right arm,..I mean right on.
I agree, 100%.

disbot3000

February 13th, 2012
9:40 am

Mora only got to that playoff game and the one win that resulted because of the work Dan Reeves put in before him. The downward slide afterward is far more reflective of the kind of coach he is. Smith has built a team that is a consistent contender every year and, one of these days, luck and fate will combine with the talent and skill that he’s developed to deliver another post season victory and, who knows, maybe even a super bowl visit.

TD has no clue!

February 13th, 2012
9:49 am

This shows you how bad Smitty is.
Mora is 1-1 (.500) in the playoffs.
Smitty 0-3 (.000) In the playoffs.
TD has no clue.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 13th, 2012
9:51 am

True Falcon Fan — Yeah, I thought I did a good job with the photo selection, too. We are going to take an early peak at free agency and the draft this week. Also, trying to put together a Georgia Connection roll call for the combine. I’ve got all of the UGA and GT guys. That’s the easy part. I have to finish plowing through the rest of the list for locals.

RobbE33

February 13th, 2012
9:52 am

More like sparklers than grenades. Jim’s just spinning to save face and hoping to have a better run than in Atlanta and Seattle. No biggie and not worth the net space.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 13th, 2012
9:52 am

I don’t UCLA’s powder blue uniforms. Those are sweet!

tfalcon

February 13th, 2012
9:55 am

Since he takes credit for the good he should be taking credit for trashing a championship team he inhairated from good ol dan he should call him an thank him for that win,I myself would run from that guy
and under no sircumbstances let my son play for a loser coach like him

Najeh Davenpoop

February 13th, 2012
9:58 am

Jim Moron is the coach any Atlanta sports team has had in my lifetime. He has some nerve talking sh-t about anyone considering that He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named-On-This-Blog is the reason for what little success Moron had as the Falcons coach. It is no coincidence that he has failed spectacularly everywhere else he’s been since he left.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 13th, 2012
9:59 am

^the worst coach any ATL team has had in my lifetime

ATLSportsNate

February 13th, 2012
9:59 am

D. Led, I don’t understand how he wants to take shots at this new regime when they have been the most successful group in Falcons history. Yes, they are still working on a playoff win but it’s getting there. Did he remember the 2006 season when we lost to the sorry Browns AT HOME, the 3-13 LIONS on the road and then started 5-2 and 6-2 and did not make the playoffs. His thoughts about the Falcons don’t concern me at all. He’s ignorant for saying that

tfalcon

February 13th, 2012
10:01 am

Oh DOL was that the game that sam cungato or what his name was just ran all over us yea good ol jim looked like he was at a loss for words in that picture

Dennis

February 13th, 2012
10:19 am

Mora is an arrogant little dweeb who was, and always will be, a loser.

Big Crimson 75

February 13th, 2012
10:25 am

The Pic above pretty much says it all! When your Coach & your QB are clueless — you’re in trouble!

Just Sayin.....

February 13th, 2012
10:31 am

Mora was 1-1 in the playoffs and Smith is 0-3.

Why is this Mora’s fault?

Just Sayin.....

February 13th, 2012
10:33 am

When you offensive coordinator & player personnel both bail out in the same season that should be a red flag.

Just sayin……………….

Pete E. Tong

February 13th, 2012
10:34 am

Smith started from the ground up, literally. Mora had a relatively intact, decent team his first year.

Pete E. Tong

February 13th, 2012
10:35 am

Let’s see: Stay as player personnel or become General Manager.

Which career decision would you make? Which do you think benefits Snead and his family best?

dean

February 13th, 2012
10:37 am

Every time I hear Mora’s name, I’m reminded of a particular Frank Zappa song.