Monday, January 12, 2009

Bradley Had Kiffin's Endorsement And Great Interview

by: William P. Tomisser

Clare Farnsworth has written a good article about Bradley's hire, describing what the factors were that led to his employment with the Seahawks:

Kiffin, the Bucs' longtime defensive coordinator, thinks so highly of Bradley that he called Mora to lobby for his latest protégé getting an interview.

That was the foot in the door, as Bradley interviewed last Wednesday. The clincher was what has been called Bradley's impressive showing during the interview process.

You can read the full article here. It also includes some information about all of the new coaches hired so far by Mora and the Seahawks.

Another thing that I wanted to bring up was that I've heard interviews from a number of Seahawks players on KJR lately since the season ended. They all seem to be very excited to have Mora coming in as the head coach and think the Seahawks will be an exciting team to watch in 2009.

One thing that they all mentioned is that this isn't like a new coach coming in that they know nothing about. They've known Mora for two years now and have a good idea of what to expect. They know that Mora brings a lot of enthusiasm to the table and they believe that will in turn infect the team.

Some of them were candid, saying that a number of players on the team were ready for a change because they felt that they weren't being utilized to play to their strengths, particularly on defense. No duh! We've know that for some time, but I guess you have to keep a lid on it as a player until the old regime is gone.

It looks to me as if Mora is hiring a youthful coaching staff and also choosing guys labeled as up-and-comers around the league, even though some of them may have been coaching in a losing program. He seems to be pretty confident that he knows the potential these guys bring.

He looks like he wants to get his staff in place quickly before other teams have a chance to hire all the good prospects available. I said a couple of weeks ago that I hoped that Mora would hit the ground running and it looks as if that's just what he's doing.

It doesn't look like he's having any problems finding guys who want to work in Seattle, either.

So far, I'm impressed.


Bill T