Mora Jr. will stay in San Francisco

Jim Mora, Jr. will stay in San Francisco as the team's defensive coordinator, has learned. Mora was believed to be a leading candidate to replace current Lions' defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer, who piloted the Lions to one of the league's worst defenses in 2002.

(ALLEN PARK, Mi) -- Jim Mora, Jr. has elected to stay on as San Francisco's defensive coordinator, has learned.  Mora was offered the position of defensive coordinator under new Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, but instead, decided to stay with the Bay Area club.

"I love the direction this team is heading," said Mora.  "I love the players and the way they work.  I've been with many of them since the start of their careers, helping them develop and I wanted to see it through."

Sources have told that Mora, Jr. received a raise to stay in his old position after being passed over for the 49ers head coaching position which went to former Seattle Seahawks and Oregon State University head coach Dennis Erickson.

The move likely means that Kurt Schottenheimer, who piloted Detroit to the #31 ranked defense in the NFL will stay on as defensive coordinator, at least one more season.  With Greg Knapp also staying on as offensive coordinator in San Francisco, it appears likely that Mariucci will turn to longtime assistant Sherman Lewis to run Detroit's west coast offense this season. 

Lewis and Mariucci worked together from 1992-1995 in Green Bay when Mariucci was Green Bay's quarterback coach. 

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