Mora lasted just one season in Seattle, as he guided the disappointing Seahawks to a 5-11 record and third place finish in the weak NFC West.
With tons of issue in Seattle on both sides of the ball, and Seattle already axing former GM Tim Ruskell, Mora had a 50-50 chance of getting kicked out of town, as well.
He never really had a chance, but Mora still didn’t make the best decisions, and was under scrutiny for continuing to use ineffective running back Julius Jones, rather than the much more explosive Justin Forsett.
Mora will probably turn up somewhere as a coordinator somewhere, but it’s unlikely he’ll be taking a head coaching job anywhere anytime soon.
Cleveland Sticking With Eric Mangini
After sitting down with Mike Holmgren in two separate meetings, both sides agree that the franchise was headed in the right direction, and the man to keep it going that way would be Eric Mangini.
Apparently four straight wins to end a season still counts for something, even if you’re coaching the Cleveland Browns. Or should we say especially if you’re coaching the Browns?
Mangini was under heavy fire earlier in the season due to inconsistency at the quarterback position, but considering the lack of weapons he had on his team when he took over (and after the trade of Braylon Edwards), it’s difficult to not marvel at how well his team played down the stretch.
We’re not about to call the Browns contenders for the playoffs in 2010, but if Holmgren sees something in Mangini, he just might be right.
Anquan Boldin Doubtful For Sunday
Boldin has been doubtful all week and hasn’t practiced since being knocked out of Week 17′s match against the Green Bay Packers.
Widely known for his toughness and ability to play through injuries, it still doesn’t look very good for Boldin to make the Cardinals Wild Card game against Green Bay, as he deals with ankle and knee issues.
Monitor his status up until game-time tomorrow if you’re considering using him in playoff fantasy leagues. Despite the pessimistic diagnosis, we still wouldn’t count him out.
Randy Moss Misses Friday’s Practice
He’s still likely to play, especially with the loss of Wes Welker, but it’s clear he currently is not at 100%.
However, if the Patriots are to stand a chance against an under-rated Baltimore squad, Moss needs to be at the top of his game.
Jack Del Rio Still in Limbo
Not many details are know, but ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Del Rio’s future will likely be determined in a meeting next week between him and Jacksonville’s owner, Wayne Weaver.
There isn’t much reason to keep Del Rio around, especially after his team dropped their final four games to miss the post-season. Except for, you know, that $15 million the Jaguars owe him over the next three years.
Marc Bulger Not Retiring?
In “who cares?” news, reports yesterday that has Rams quarterback Marc Bulger considering retirement have retracted, and now the report is that he fully intends on continuing his playing career.
He can do whatever he likes, but his monster salary coming in next season likely won’t be paid by St. Louis, and he’ll almost certainly be released.
Bulger has been fading for three straight years, and while he’s not completely to blame for his lack of production, his play shouldn’t inspire any other NFL teams to give him a shot as their starter.
Indy Running With Matt Stover, Not Vinatieri
The Colts have decided to run with the hot hand (or leg) in Matt Stover, choosing the 41-year old over Adam Vinatieri as their post-season kicker.
Vinatieri will remain on the active roster, but it’s clear Indy simply doesn’t trust his injured knee enough to throw Stover to the side.
Stover has been performing well, but could be rusty heading into the playoffs, as he will have gone five consecutive weeks without kicking a field goal in a game by the time the Colts play.