Ed Driscoll


NEW FALCONS COACH ANNOUNCED: Jim Mora (don’t call him Jr!), who for the past several seasons has been defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, will be the new head coach in Atlanta.

Mora’s dislike of being known as Jim Mora Jr. does cause some confusion, not the least of which is this AP photo, which at the time I’m uploading this shows his dad, and says:

Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora smiles while being booed by Philadelphia Eagles fans after calling for a review of the Eagles’ first touchdown which came in the fourth quarter, Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, in Philadelphia. The Atlanta Falcons have reached agreement to hire now San Francisco defensive coordinator Mora as the team’s head coach, a source said Thursday night, Jan. 8, 2004.

On the other hand, the younger Jim Mora has never uttered, “playoffs…PLAYOFFS??!!” as his dad once did near the end of the season he was fired by the Colts, thus ensuring himself television immortality, as that clip is shown at least once every year on ESPN during the post-season.