Roundup: Mora still upset with firing in Seattle

Former Seahawks coach Jim Mora is still bitter over his ouster in Seattle, and pulled no punches during a recent interview on The Kevin Calabro Show on Monday afternoon on ESPN 710 in Seattle.

Most coaches, when dismissed from a team will say something positive about the organization. Mora, not so much.

“I’m not going to say I wish the organization well (but) I wish the players well,” Mora said. “I have a lot of good friends who are players there and I wish the best for them.”

Mora saved his most pointed words for Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke. Mora said he does not believe that the two could ever be friends because he likes honest people.

“I like people that are truthful. When I was sent out to do that press conference on Wednesday, and I knew the man you are talking about was down in Southern California talking to Pete Carroll, that doesn’t sit well with a guy like me. I’m not about lies and deception. We’ll see, we’ll see what happens. I’m a pretty forgiving guy but there are certain things that take a little bit longer than others to get over.”

Other news making its way around the Web on a Tuesday:

  • 49ers president Jed York reiterated on Monday that Alex Smith was still “our guy,” even after the departure of GM Scot McCloughan, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. York also told the paper that he was unsure which way he was leaning in the overtime discussion.
  • Eagles WR DeSean Jackson wants a new contact. But that is likely going to have to wait according to the Philadelphia Daily News. A source told the paper that a new contract would be “impossible” because of the current labor restrictions.
  • Bills general manager Buddy Nix has “no idea” who will be the team’s starting quarterback, reports the Buffalo News. The Bills have three quarterbacks on the roster — Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm — but acquiring a quarterback in the draft is a possibility. NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan sees the Bills taking Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen in his latest mock draft.
  • Dolphins coach Tony Sparano confirmed an earlier Miami Herald report that Chad Pennington will be the No. 3 quarterback to open the season. Jason Taylor is unlikely to come back to Miami the paper also reports.
  • Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has shown up in Baltimore for offseason workouts for the first time in his seven-year career with a goal of going from 270 pounds to 255 according to the Baltimore Sun. Suggs struggled with only 4.5 sacks in 2009 and wants to return to his “T-Sizzle” form.
  • RB Jamaal Charles was one of the lone bright spots for the Chiefs in 2009. GM Scott Pioli rewarded Charles by signing free-agent RB Thomas Jones. Pioli told the Kansas City Star that he wants everybody to compete for their job, saying, “That’s how teams get better.”
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