The Press Democrat

Carolina job has Mora talking
January 21, 2003
SF defensive coordinator may interview later in week for Mariucci vacancy


Niners defensive coordinator Jim Mora, who has a year remaining on his contract, interviewed for the same job with the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

Mora became the fourth 49ers assistant to receive permission to interview with another team in the aftermath of the firing of head coach Steve Mariucci. Mora is a candidate to replace Mariucci, a team source said.

Mora might interview with 49ers general Terry Donahue later this week. He is one of a handful of candidates to have surfaced.

The list includes former Vikings coach Dennis Green and New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.

Donahue, who was beginning his search for a new head coach from his home in Southern California, did not return phone calls Monday.

Panthers coach John Fox is seeking a defensive coordinator to replace Jack Del Rio, who was named head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Mora's interview with the Panthers does not preclude him from returning to the 49ers in the same capacity.

The 49ers already have lost special-teams coach Bruce DeHaven, who signed last week with the Dallas Cowboys. Linebackers coach Richard Smith will not return. He interviewed Monday with the Seattle Seahawks, and secondary coach Brett Maxie is scheduled to talk with the Arizona Cardinals.

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