Jim Mora, fired after just one season as Seahawks head coach, is a "full-time car-pool Dad" who hopes to get back into coaching soon.
Football was still part of Jim Mora’s Thanksgiving this year.
Only this time, it was the Turkey Bowl, an annual flag-football game at Chinook Middle School.
And the NFL was part of his Christmas week, too. Only this time it was in a studio, not on the sideline. The former Seahawks coach worked for the NFL Network on Monday and Thursday last week, sandwiching a trip to Disneyland with his wife and four children between television work.
“This is the first year of my entire life that I haven’t had a game on Saturday or Sunday that meant something to my family,” he said.
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He is a football coach, just like the father he got his name from. For a quarter century, Mora’s fall calendar revolved around that weekend’s game. Season’s greetings means something different for Mora now, the first time in 25 years he has not been coaching. He was fired by the Seahawks after only one season, the first time the franchise has given a coach less than three years.
He was the casualty of a wholesale transition, the hometown coach who waited for the hometown job only to be fired even though he is owed more than $10 million for the final three years of his contract.
Mora has been a full-time father this fall, attending soccer matches and his daughter’s volleyball tournaments, and serving as an assistant coach on a lacrosse team.
“I’m a full-time car-pool dad,” he said.
And he has stayed close to football, working as part of a broadcast team for FOX’s Sunday telecast and appearing on the NFL Network on Monday.
But there is a void, too.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the competitiveness,” he said.
He would like to coach again. He almost certainly will coach again. But he’s not in any hurry to leave the area he and his family are so fond of. Mora still lives on the Eastside, and he considers this home. But he can’t see himself staying off the sideline for much longer. It’s a question of the right opportunity.
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