Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 2/13/12

Busy getting settled in his new gig as UCLA’s head coach, scouring football’s top prospects, Jim Mora couldn’t help himself when discussing his time with the Falcons.

In particular, the 2004 season, when he, in his first year as head coach, led them to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

As the junior recalled to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week, it’s an accomplishment still deserving of praise, and — as he reminds us — hasn’t been topped since.

“The bottom line is this: The last time the Falcons won a playoff game, I was the head coach,” Mora told the AJC. “Kids remember that game, the 47-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. A lot of kids around Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the Southeast follow the Falcons. They know that was the last time that the Falcons have won a playoff game.

“So kids are interested with that connection to the Falcons, and the parents are interested in that, too. They all wonder why the Falcons haven’t won a playoff game since, and I can’t answer that question. For all the success that the Falcons have had since we left, they still haven’t won a playoff game — and that resonates with people”

The first bit is harmless, and statistically factual, but it’s apparent who he’s casting stones at with those final few words.

It’s subtle, but Mora’s comments reek of criticism toward current Falcons coach Mike Smith, whose three attempts to win the big one — a postseason game — have failed. Mora did the impossible as it seems, overseeing a 47-17 Divisional Round demolishing of the Rams.

He doesn’t exactly have a lot of room to talk, though.

That year turned out to be the pinnacle of his career in the NFL, as Mora went 5-11 in his only season as Seahawks coach in 2009.

The term “playoffs” just doesn’t resonate well in the bloodline of the Mora’s.

Just ask his dad …

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