Jim Mora reportedly contacted by San Diego Chargers

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 at 09:22 a.m.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora has reportedly been contacted by the San Diego Chargers for their open head-coaching position. And it sounds like Mora will extract some more money out of his current employers before it becomes obvious Mora wouldn't get the Chargers job anyhow.

The Los Angeles Times cites multiple sources in reporting the Chargers have "contacted" Mora. But Mora is "likely to remain" in UCLA according to the newspaper, with improvement to the team's facilities and increased pay for his assistants on the way. UCLA already has given raises to some of his assistants.

A report surfaced on CBS over the weekend that Mora could be on the Chargers' radar, but it sounded like many of the well-placed reports from coaches' agents from throughout this silly season. We don't doubt there is some level of interest, but the Chargers have yet to even interview head coaching candidates. The fact this news is reaching multiple media outlets shows Mora's agent probably is more interested in using leverage with UCLA than meeting for the job.

He would be a long shot in San Diego anyhow. Kevin Acee of the U-T San Diego reports that Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a "top target" of the team. Current personnel director Jimmy Raye or Colts personnel man Tom Telesco are the two favorites for the general manager job, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports, and that news could be announced Wednesday.

The Chargers are looking for someone to work with Philip Rivers. Mora has some strengths, but developing quarterbacks is not among them.