Pat Fitzgerald, Jim Mora among darkhorses for NFL jobs

As we head into the New Year, many NFL teams will be looking for new coaches as well. When teams do start their searches in earnest, they will look at Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and UCLA head coach Jim Mora.

Although neither has been talked about in the media at length, they do appeal on multiple levels for NFL franchises, but both will be tough to lure away from their current positions.

Fitzgerald’s body of work is quite impressive, carving out an impressive record with a Northwestern program often without the talent to match the traditional Big Ten powers. According to Jason La Confora of CBS Sports, search firms are trying to gauge his interest in leaving, but he seems to be entrenched in the Greater Chicago area.

Though La Confora does bring up a good point that Fitzgerald’s ability to compete in a conference with Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh backed by endless resources, will not last forever.

In Los Angeles, Jim Mora has great job security and loves living on the West Coast, as he has strong roots in the region dating back to his high school days. At UCLA he has great job security and really will always have NFL offers on the table due to his extensive experience in the league as a head coach and defensive coordinator.

With Mora’s situation, it will be worth paying attention to how the Chargers’ situation unfolds La Confora also notes. They are reportedly evaluating their future with current coach Mike McCoy and of course, are heavily linked with a move to Los Angeles. A move coupled with a franchise quarterback in Philip Rivers could be too attractive a situation for Mora to pass up.

Again, to get either of these two it would take not just money and talent on the roster, but also a stable organization. Therefore when or if jobs open up in the revolving doors that are Cleveland or Tennessee, don’t expect these two to go running.

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