Moore headed back to Indy, this time with Titans

Tom Moore is awfully busy at the Titans’ facilities for a man

without a defined role.

He sits in during Tennessee quarterback meetings. He pulls

Titans aside at practice to offer tips and suggestions.

The 74-year-old former Colts’ assistant is expected to be in

Tennessee’s coaching box on Sunday in Indianapolis when the Titans

take on his old team. Titans receiver Nate Washington says it must

feel a little strange for Moore, who spent so much time coaching

Peyton Manning.

”I don’t think he’s one of the type of guys that lives on, `Hey

when I was here doing this” or ”when I was there doing that,”’

Washington said Thursday. ”He’s not that type of guy. … I’m sure

he’ll have some type of crazy feelings.”

What Moore thinks about his latest stint coaching in a career in

the 1960s before he moved to the NFL in the 1970s remains unknown.

He hasn’t spoken with reporters since arriving in Nashville a week


The coach with three Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh and

Indianapolis finished working with Colts (8-4) after the 2010

season. He did some consulting with the New York Jets last year

before spending the last month of the season with the team, and

Titans coach Mike Munchak said Moore consulted with Alabama earlier

this season.

Munchak called Moore last week after the Titans coach fired

offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Nov. 26, and Moore has no

title and is just considered a member of the staff. Munchak is

hoping Moore sticks around through the rest of this season.

”We didn’t sign a four-week contract or anything, it’s kind of

a week-to-week thing,” Munchak said. ”I assume it’s going to all

work out to where he’ll be there through the end of the


The Titans (4-8) could use the help.

Tennessee currently ranks next to last averaging 27 minutes, six

seconds of time of possession on offense. The Titans are 28th with

17.4 first downs per game and are 23rd overall with 329.9 yards

offense per game.

Munchak said he thinks Moore will become more comfortable with

the Titans and noticed the veteran speaking up even last week.

Moore took over some of the quarterback drills when new offensive

coordinator Dowell Loggains was busy elsewhere. Munchak’s

directions to Moore is feel comfortable, and the Titans want him

speaking up whenever he sees something.

”He’ll bring some interesting ideas, I think, as we go

forward,” Munchak said. ”I think it’s going to be a real good fit

right now as we go forward and finish this thing up. I’m glad he’s


Moore talked with Chris Johnson during Wednesday’s practice with

a couple of receiving tips, and Washington said the coach pulls

individuals aside with little suggestions for a receiver to work

his hands in a different way or driving better out of breaks on


Colts interim coach Bruce Arians, who has a photo in his office

with Moore looking over his shoulder, isn’t surprised to see him

back in coaching.

”When I saw him down in Jacksonville, he said he wanted to

coach again, on his 74th birthday,” Arians said of a conversation

last month. ”I said, `God bless you. I hope you do.’ He was

adamant about it, so I know he’s really happy about it.”

Arians said Moore has a great way of keeping the game extremely

simple for a quarterback. Having been around nearly every offense,

Arians said he can see how Moore can help a young quarterback and

young coordinator.

The Titans have that in Jake Locker. The quarterback said Moore

has a great knack for explaining details someone might not think is

important. Locker didn’t know of Moore’s history in Pittsburgh with

Terry Bradshaw or working with Barry Sanders in Detroit.

”But I’ve followed football since I was a little guy and

knowing that he was at Indy with Peyton was something that I was

aware of,” Locker said.

Loggains originally met Moore at the Manning passing camp and

sees him as a great resource.

”Hopefully we play better, and you can see some of his wisdom

rub off on some of these guys, myself included,” Loggains


Notes: WR Kenny Britt did not practice but showed up late after

being excused for personal reasons. … LB Colin McCarthy

(concussion) was limited, CB Alterraun Verner (illness) and WR

Damian Williams (hamstring) did not practice along with LT Michael

Roos (right knee).

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