D Orlando Ledbetter had an interesting article yesterday over on his AJC blog. If you live in or around Atlanta I'm sure you heard about it on sports talk radio. Basically, Jim Mora did what he does best and that is run his mouth. Here's what he had to say...
The bottom line is this: The last time the Falcons won a playoff game, I was the head coach....They all wonder why the Falcons haven’t won a playoff game since, and I can’t answer that question. For all the success that the Falcons have had since we left, they still haven’t won a playoff game — and that resonates with people
What Jim forgot to tell you is that after that playoff game, Mora and the Falcons promptly went up to Philly and got handled. And it all went downhill from there. The next season, 2005, Mora and his Falcons went 8-8 after starting off 6-2. In 2006, it was more of the same. Mora and his team got off to a hot start at 5-2. Then the wheels came off and the Falcons finished 7-9 losing 7 of their last 9.
Yes Jim Mora, you did in fact lead the Falcons to their last playoff victory but you also left behind a legacy of losing in Atlanta. You inherited a team from Dan Reeves that was one year removed from winning nine games and making the playoffs. What did you do with it? One good year (11-5) that was handed to you on a silver platter (as MV7 returned from an injury the previous season) and then the team got progressively worse every year under your direction and the team failed to finish strong down the stretch under your watch.
Jim Mora's legacy is one playoff win in three seasons with the Falcons and only one winning season to his credit. To quote 790 the zone personality Mike Bell, Jim Mora was born on third base thinking he hit a triple.
I always thought of Lil' Jimmy as the "Trying to be Cool" substitute teacher. "Hey, don't call me Coach Mora...my dad was Coach Mora! Call me Jim!"
Regardless - there are probably some idiot Falcons fans out there who agree with him. I could care less that he won playoff games. Playoffs are so much about the luck of the draw. If Mike Smith hadn't faced the NFC's Super Bowl representative ALL 3 TIMES, he'd probably have a win by now. He never got to face an aging, mediocre, Rams team.
@TheGentlemanMasher There was a great comment made by somebody on the radio yesterday (probably Chuck Oliver or Matt Chernoff) about how dominant the AFC was when Mora was the Falcons coach and that the NFC wasn't very good. Now it's the opposite with the NFC winning the last three titles and four of the last five. The NFC is much harder to navigate now then it ever was when Mora was in charge.