KIRKLAND, Wash. - Jim Mora is headed back to the Pacific Northwest, but Tyrone Willingham need not worry.
Mora isn't landing his self-stated "dream job" at the University of Washington. Instead, he's joining Mike Holmgren's staff, agreeing on Sunday to become an assistant head coach for the Seattle Seahawks' less than three weeks after being fired as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
"I'm thrilled to join not only what I believe is a quality organization, but for the chance to work with one of the finest head coaches in the league," Mora said in a statement. "That, coupled with the opportunity for my family to be in the great northwest is extremely exciting."
The team said Mora's title is assistant head coach/secondary, but his duties have not been defined.
Mora, the 45-year-old son of former NFL coach Jim Mora, went 26-22 in three seasons with the Falcons, but was fired Jan. 1 following another second-half collapse and off-field distractions that infuriated team owner Arthur Blank.
And Mora brought the last, and perhaps biggest distraction upon himself during a Seattle radio station interview before a crucial game against Dallas last month.
Mora said his "dream job" was to coach at Washington, his alma mater, and that he'd jump at the chance to take it - even if the Falcons were in the middle of the playoffs. Mora claimed he was only kidding.
A former defensive coordinator in San Francisco, Mora was a first-time head coach when he led the Falcons to the NFC South title in his rookie season. The team slumped to 8-8 in 2005 and to 7-9 this past season. Mora grew up in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue and played outside linebacker at Washington from 1981-1983.