Mora was the first coach Manning ever had in the NFL, but had a falling out with owner Jim Irsay and then-team president Bill Polian. Because of that fractured relationship, Mora said Wednesday he would rather avoid any awkward situation that could detract from the ceremony to honor Manning.
I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there, Mora told the Query & Schultz show on Indianapolis radio station WNDE.
Mora did say Manning wanted him at the October ceremony, but the former coach declined.
I think I would just feel a little bit awkward there, Mora added. It was a big part of my career. I coached some really good players there. I loved the organization. I loved the city. It was a great city.
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The Rams didn’t do much right last year, except for special teams. Jeff Fisher’s interim replacement 鈥?special teams coach John Fassel 鈥?was an easy choice because of this. You wouldn’t have known how good their special teams unit was because of how boring the offense was, which ultimately made things tougher on their defense.
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But Johnny Hekker and company held their own. Hekker led the league in yards per punt, and had the second-most fair catches with 40. Greg Zuerlein also had the second-highest field goal percentage of his career at 86.4 percent. Long snapper Jake McQuaide was named to the Pro Bowl.
In 2017, it’ll be either the shifty Tavon Austin (who was second in the league in punt return yards) or Pharoh Cooper returning kicks, but they Rams can’t go wrong either way.