Jim Mora: Jeff Ulbrich still ‘contemplating’ Falcons’ job offer

The Atlanta Falcons have offered UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich a position as the linebackers coach, interrupting what was looking like a very successful National Signing Day.

However, the 37-year-old has yet to decide whether to accept the job opening.

“Jeff has assured me he has not come to a conclusion yet,” said UCLA head coach Jim Mora. “He is contemplating whether or not he wants to do that. I’m going to fight tooth and nail to keep him here because I think he’s an outstanding coach. …

“I’m going to fight like crazy to keep that sucker, and it’s going to be a battle, because Dan Quinn, he’s a fighter.”

Mora said that newly hired Falcons head coach Dan Quinn first reached out to him as a courtesy on Tuesday night, asking if he could contact Ulbrich. Mora said no — smiling, as he recalled the moment — but in the NFL, permission isn’t needed. Mora and Quinn’s relationship stretches back to their time on the San Francisco 49ers staff. The former became the defensive coordinator in 1999, and hired the latter as a defensive quality control coach two years later. Quinn was soon promoted to defensive line coach.

That same connection also ties the men to Ulbrich, who spent his entire 10-year NFL career in San Francisco before retiring from playing in 2009. He has called both Mora and Quinn significant influences on his defensive philosophies.

The news of Ulbrich’s interest in the Falcons broke late Wednesday morning, shortly after four-star linebacker Roquan Smith verbally committed to UCLA over Georgia on ESPN. Smith reopened his recruitment a few hours later, and is now deciding between not only the Bruins and the Bulldogs, but also Texas A&M and Michigan.

Mora said he did not give Ulbrich a timeline for when he wanted a decision.

“I’m not ready to put that pressure on him yet,” he said. “The fact that he’s been in contact with the recruits, I think is the right way to handle it”

Asked if he expects any other recruits to join UCLA’s 2015 class, which now stands at 19, Mora said: “I hope so.”

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    so dumbbell Ulbrich couldn’t wait a day??? he too stupid to know he’s being played by ATLANTA coach to help undermine our commit from MACON COUNTY who is also considering UGA??

    just stupid. after Mora is done caressing Ulbrich’s face, he should give him a swift kick in the A$$$$!!!

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      That’s no way to treat a member of your “Bruin Family”

      What happened to the unconditional loyalty you preach about?

      • ProbationU

        Ulbrich did nothing wrong here. Georgia released the information after they didn’t get the kid. The SEC is the dirtiest group of schools in the country.

        None of the coaches were allowed to talk to any recruits for 48 hours.

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          Maybe he didn’t within the letter of the law but don’t you think he gave the kids he recruited the impression that he would be there with them?

          • ProbationU

            Reportedly the offer either came in today or yesterday from Atlanta. He was not allowed to talk to any recruits. He has not accepted the offer at this time.

            He hasn’t done anything wrong based upon the facts we know at this time.

        • gotroy22

          Sure he did. He screwed over Mora by not keeping his yap shut until signing day was over. And his new boss Dan Quinn betrayed the guy who once gave him a job. Talk about a low life.

          • Laker Rod

            A low life wouldn’t have said anything and not be upfront to recruits or anybody related to the situation. Ulbrich did the right thing. We’ve heard of many coaches who are basically lying to recruits saying they will be there then bail. That’s a low life.

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        i don’t believe in unconditional loyalty…..loyalty is earned. for example, i would go into helll itself if the Cadre needed me…..and also i could see my lord Satan.

        #nataS♥I

    • gotroy22

      This is more of a backstab by Dan Quinn to Jim Mora than Sark and Kiffin’s betrayal of Norm Chow!

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        whole thing stinks…..that Ulbricht is a dummy!!

        i kind of feel sorry for the kid…..whole state of GA is pressuring him and his parents. even the Falcons are involved in this plot! we don’t need him that bad, but if he wants to be his own man, come west!

    • WEB_Dupree

      At first I thought that this was a faux-Bucket posting. I’m kind of surprised that you even know about this blog.

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        yeah! it’s totally cool!!! it lacks that certain, je ne sais quoi that the wolfman’s blog has, but i’m totally cool with that.

  • Mark

    Ulbrich needs to go. Mora doesn’t have the guts to fire him because they have a strange man-love connection. But he is quite awful as a DC

  • Tommy Wi$$$eau

    DC for the Falcons is a step up for Jeff. No hard feelings. He personally recruited some kids for years and I appreciate that he wanted to be straight up with them. I hope Coach Mora can convince Ulbrich to stay but if not, this is a lay up for any motivated college DC

    • Mark

      He’s to be ATL’s linebackers coach. No way he’s a DC in the NFL. You clearly didn’t watch any Ucla games this season

      • gotroy22

        ATL will continue in mediocrity if this fool Quinn thinks Ulbrich is a talent.

        • MPPBruin

          Good position coach. Not a good coordinator.

          • Laker Rod

            At least…not yet. Ulbrich deserves another season. They started to play better the last few games.

          • MPPBruin

            I’m not trying to run the guy out of town, but I do wonder how much I really want to expend resources to keep him here.

  • Tommy B Low Us

    Hey jack do you think nick allioti would consider a DC position if coach Brick leaves?