A year ago, they were both in Seattle. Both were assistants looking for head-coaching jobs.
They were here, and they were ready for the next step, the next stop.
This is a tale of two Jims, Zorn and Mora. What might have been and what is. The solutions that weren't.
In a perfect world, Seattle could ask for a mulligan, a do-over to start fixing its football emergency.
It could ask, as referees sometimes do, for the clock to be set back to, say, late last autumn, after the Apple Cup, when Washington football was beginning its free fall, and before Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren had decided his future.
The solutions were there, right in front of us, as obvious as Mount Rainier.
The answers to the troubles at Washington and to the future of the Seahawks were a pair of Jims.
It could have happened, but it didn't.