In advance of the opening day of training camp I wrote a slice-of-life feature on the relationship between Jim Mora and his father for today’s paper, which you can check out here.
The younger Mora said he talks almost daily with his father, about family, life, and of course football. Mora said he also asked his father to be part of the coaching staff when he first accepted the job as Seahawks head coach, but the senior Mora wanted no part of it.
Here’s a snippet of the conversation I had with Mora, where he talks about the daily conversations between the two.
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Mora also talked about some of the more memorable moments the two have shared in the NFL career, including the infamous ‘Playoffs’ rant that his father is known for. Mora was actually the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator in the game that the Indianapolis Colts lost to the 49ers, and was in the building when his father went off after the game. You can listen to that conversation here.
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Mora senior also talked about the importance of hard work in being a head coach in the league here, which you can listen to here.
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Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle says Hawks OL Mike Wahle might be retiring.
Linebacker Aaron Curry tweets the contract negotiations are ongoing.
David Canter, the agent for offensive lineman Cory Withrow, says his client will sign with Seattle today. Taking a look at his bio, it looks like Withrow can play some center and guard, but he hasn’t started a game since starting four games for the San Diego Chargers in 2007. I see this move as adding more depth to the interior line, but if Wahle can’t go, then the Seahawks likely will find his replacement from the lineman already on the roster.
The Seahawks are hopeful Aaron Curry will sign today in time for the first day of training camp, but don’t be surprised if he misses a day or two.
There’s still some talk nationally that Michael Vick could be headed to Seattle, but I don’t see it happening. The situation would be a public relations nightmare for Jim Mora during his first season as head coach in Seattle, and the Seahawks already have a quarterback with a similar skill set in Seneca Wallace.
Ex-Seahawks quarterback Warren Moon has a new book out, “Never Give Up On Your Dream: My Journey,” which he co-authored with Don Yaeger. Moon said the book, which details the trials and tribulations of his career, was a good, emotional release, and that he thinks he would have been an even better player had he been more open and honest about his emotions at the time.
Yahoo Sports offers this progress report on the Seahawks.
KJR’s Elise Woodward talks with Max Unger in this audio link.
John Morgan of Fields Gulls offers his Top 10 storylines to watch for with the Hawks during training camp.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers head coach Mike Singletary promised his players he’ll will run a rugged training camp.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the Raiders signing of Darrius Heyward-Bey has brought the 49ers no closer in signing wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports that tight end Vernon Davis vows to focus on catching football, and not throwing punches, during training camp this year.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that wide receiver Anquan Boldin has taken a step back, and will leave the contract talk to his agent.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com also chimes in on the Boldin situation.
Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt deserves a pay raise.
The Arizona Republic also is providing live updates from Cardinals Camp.
St. Louis Cardinals
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the addition of defensive tackle Hollis Thomas should help beef up the Rams defense against the run.
More Thomas: He provides contract details on the Jason Smith signing. It’s a five-year deal that can max out at just under $62 million if certain incentives are met. Smith gets $33 million in guaranteed money.
Billy Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that quarterback Marc Bulger is getting an early start to training camp.