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January 31, 2008 6:36 PM

Mora excited for Donatell

Posted by Bob Condotta

Talked to Jim Mora today about the hiring of Ed Donatell as UW's new defensive coordinator and he couldn't have sounded happier.

"I think it's a great hire,'' Mora said, adding he talked with Donatell several times the last week or so as the situation worked itself out.

"People will be really happy with what they see out of that defense with Ed in charge,'' said Mora. "I know I will. ... I'm very happy for him.''

The two have known each other since Donatell's stint as a graduate assistant at UW in 1981-82 and have kept in contact ever since. Mora then hired Donatell to run Atlanta's defense from 2004-2006.

"I know that his defenses will play with great emotion and passion,'' Mora said. "And Ed has always produced defenses that take the football away and get sacks because he stresses effort. He grades effort, he tracks effort in practices and games. It's just a big part of who he is, effort and taking the football away and effecting the passer. He's very good at it, very smart, very detailed and an excellent teacher.''

The Mora-Donatell connection may raise some eyebrows, given all the speculation of the last few months.

But Mora said none of that has anything to do with this hire.

"Ed stands on his own,'' Mora said. "There's no connection to me in terms of this one. He did what is best for him and his family and the University of Washington and Tyrone (Willingham) made a great decision in hiring him. It's exciting.''

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