Citing desire to stay in Seattle, Mora pulls out of Redskins' coaching search

Updated: January 18, 2008, 6:43 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach Jim Mora pulled his name out of consideration for the Washington Redskins head coaching job on Friday afternoon.

Mora, who interviewed with the Redskins on Wednesday and Thursday, called Redskins owner Dan Snyder on Friday and said he preferred to stay in Seattle for family reasons. Mora has his family in Seattle and felt he didn't want to uproot it after he was fired as the Falcons' head coach last year.

"I want to thank the Redskins organization and owner Daniel Snyder for the opportunity to interview for the head coaching position," Mora said in a statement released by the Seahawks.

"The process reconfirmed that the quality of life for my family in Seattle is my first priority. This past year has been a great experience both professionally and personally for myself, my wife Shannon, and our kids. We are very happy members of this community and the Seattle Seahawks organization."

Mora is in the running for the Seahawks' head coaching job if Mike Holmgren decides to retire next week. Holmgren is taking the weekend to think about whether or not he wants to coach next year.

Mora played linebacker in college at the University of Washington and returned to the Pacific Northwest last year to become Seattle's defensive backs coach after he was fired by the Falcons. He went 27-23 over three seasons with Atlanta.

Mora, as well as Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks, were part of the first round of the Redskins' interviews to replace departed coach Joe Gibbs, who retired from the NFL on Jan. 8.

Mora interviewed with Snyder on Wednesday in Potomac, Md., and spent the night in Snyder's guesthouse in the Washington area after Snyder sent a plane to bring him from Seattle.

Meeks was to spend Thursday night in the same guesthouse and have a second interview Friday, both of which have been routine procedure during Snyder's coaching search.

Snyder has remained in the Washington area during the entire coaching process, conducting each formal interview at his home after the candidate is flown to Washington on one of his private planes.

Meeks brings to five the number of interviewed candidates, including Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Redskins assistant Gregg Williams. Williams has met with the owner on four occasions, although some sessions have been less formal than others.

One other candidate, whose name has not been made public, has also been interviewed.

Snyder and vice president for football operations Vinny Cerrato planned to spend much of Friday evaluating their candidates. The owner was then to decide whether to invite any of the five back for another interview or whether to pursue other names on his list.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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