As it turned out, Mora's dream came true in his home state, just with a different team. Named Seattle's assistant head coach/secondary, Mora presided over a pass defense that ranked first in the NFL in touchdowns allowed with 15 -- the Seahawks picked off five more passes than they allowed TDs. Seattle allowed 23 passing TDs in 2006, 24th in the NFL, and only intercepted 12 passes.
A graduate of Bellevue's Interlake High School and the University of Washington, Mora is the son of his namesake, the head coach who put up a 125-106 record with the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts from 1987 through 2001. The younger Mora began his coaching career in 1984 as a defensive assistant at the University of Washington. He spent 1985 through 1991 rising through the ranks of the San Diego Chargers coaching staff, going from quality control assistant to defensive backs coach.
Mora then worked with his father in New Orleans from 1992 through 1996 as secondary coach, and took the same position with the San Francisco 49ers in 1997. In his first year with the 49ers, Mora and current Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall led the #1 defense in the NFL. Mora was promoted to the position of defensive coordinator with the 49ers in 1999 and kept that job until after the 2003 season, when the Falcons hired him.
At this time, reports indicate that Mora will keep his current
position with the team in 2008, while Marshall will continue to be the team's
defensive coordinator. Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET for more details!