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
”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
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
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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