Pregame graph: Examining the Jim Mora era

UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora with his team in the tunnel prior to a NCAA college football game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Jim Mora set out to start a “Bruin Revolution” when he came to UCLA. Nearly six seasons and a $75-million football facility later, the university is looking for someone to start a new wave.

Mora had the most successful first three years of any UCLA head coach, winning 29 games in that span. But disappointing results in the past two and a half years cost the 56-year-old head coach his job on Sunday.

Here’s a look at what Mora’s teams accomplished compared to the previous two head coaches, Rick Neuheisel and Karl Dorrell. Mora’s teams are highlighted in dark blue, Neuheisel’s teams are yellow and Dorrell’s teams are bright blue. Graphs are broken down by wins in each year and different offensive and defensive stats. Click through the categories using the drop-down menus or the arrows.

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  • mikey likes it

    The failure for all three coaches was that they couldn’t recruit offensive and defensive lineman. Had some great QB’s, line backers, WR’s but couldn’t recruit a GOOD O-line and D-line. What’s more puzzling is that Oregon, Washington USC nd Stanford all recruited great lineman MOST from southern California.

    • Pudly76

      The trouble is not the position groups, it’s the school and it’s culture. You have a litany of great recruits that have been wasted in college then disappeared. It’s a tradition Trojans and the rest of the pac12 count on every year.

      • 88 Straight

        Good coaching overcomes culture.

        • Pudly76

          Only if given time. Culture doesn’t change overnight. There might be a little honeymoon where things look different, but true culture changes takes time.
          Just because a team wins a few games over a couple seasons doesn’t make it a culture change. Does it?

          • 88 Straight

            Winning cures a lot. UCLA firing Mora when it did and paying $12 million to do so says that things are changing. The Under Armour money comes with expectations in both football and basketball. Guerrero retires within a couple of years. The status quo is simply not acceptable.

          • Pudly76

            If I may be so bold as to say that Wasserman money comes with expectations, and under armour money wouldn’t worry me near as much as keeping the likes of the Wasserman family engaged. Winning only helps, you’ve won before and here you are again, battling in the last game of the season just to make a bowl. Keeping the donors interested and engaged is part of the culture change, and if Wasserman decides enough is enough, then who’ve you got? Under armour or Nike or adidas, etc will always be around, especially in the LA market.

          • EncinitasBruin

            The culture change clock began ticking 6 years ago when Mora was hired. We needed to build a premier football facility to move the culture forward. That’s now done. Mora did more good off the field than he did on it, and began a cultural change that has UCLA on the verge of their best coaching hire in 44 years. Will be fun for us Bruins to see how it all unfolds.

          • Pudly76

            Well Encinitas, I disagree.
            First off, let me tell you just how tacky and immature it looked to me that a player not a senior led the seniors out last night on their special night. Senior Night is earned by staying in school for 4-5 yrs, not by leaving early. No matter how inflated the persons ego might be.
            Secondly, the lack of maturity, on a team level, that kept him from being interviewed because of the embarrassment he might bring, even as a junior, is clear.
            Lastly, the new facilities are great, like a frat boy getting a new Maserati, so he will attract more girls, doesn’t make him a better person, nor does it necessarily attract the right type girls. So as far as culture goes, you showed a immature leader last night who couldn’t on his own, restrain himself and let some players of lesser exposure have their moment in the sun.
            And as far as the coach goes, and I’ve discussed with 88, I’m not a fan for a number of reasons. But this is and should be an exciting time for you.

    • 88 Straight

      Given that UCLA has just placed Kenny Clark, Takkarist McKinley and Eddie Vanderdoes into the NFL, the DL recruiting has neen just fine. I think there are a couple more as well.

      The OL has not been up to par. This year our DL has progressed nicely over the season but the linebackers have been abysmal.

  • Pete

    I thought Dorrell was the better of the three. He had better record in the PAC in percentage. BTW. Have you seen how bad the GB Packers are playing without Aaron Rodgers. No points and the QB threw 3 ints. Terrible.

    • Pudly76

      He’s a ruin, you know that right?

      • Pete

        LOL. Ya I know Pudly. It was a troll statement. Haven’t heard much from the Ruin fans who come over to the other side…..How was the Turkey?

        • Pudly76

          Yeah, like to go there occasionally myself.

          Turkey’s always great, especially if I’m not cooking!

          • 88 Straight

            We are on both sites. Actually, I have had reasonable discussions with Pudly which is what I prefer. If Florida has backed away from Kelly, it’s because he chose the Bruins and they are not announcing until after the last game is played. I would expect something over the weekend.

          • Pudly76

            I really hope this is what you want. Me, I’m not so sure, I’ve told you my reasons, but that’s neither here nor there. I read a tweet by wadood earlier who was upset mora wasn’t seeing the seniors off tonight. His grammar for a senior is wanting, no?

        • Paul

          Do turkeys eat turkey? Troll On!

  • keptycho

    All the charts show mediocrity for much too long. Either UCLA should get serious about commitment to achieving excellence in football or simply drop the sport.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Memories of the Neuheisel Dream Team introduction. It’s been mostly a disaster since Terry retired.

  • Sandy Underpants

    So we fired our most successful coach since… well since we started a football program, and now we expect things to get better? I guess. We should just go back to Dorrell, he had the most consistent program in our history, and we knew what to expect. Not too good, not too bad, just about right. Now if we can get him out of his double shift at Wal-mart, it is black Friday.