On Tom Moore's quiet departure from Colts
May, 10, 2011 May 106:27PM ETEmail Print Comments1 By Paul KuharskyWhen Chris Mortensen mentioned in SportsCenter draft preview shows that Mike Munchak had nearly lured Tom Moore to Tennessee as offensive coordinator, I figured the Colts would have let him go if he really wanted to.
It should have set off a bigger alarm bell.
Tuesday when I saw this mention that Moore has been invited to visit with the Jets to talk about red-zone scoring, I realized Iíd missed something. Itís the second time heís been identified as the Colts' "former offensive coordinator" instead of as their current senior assistant.
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Tom Moore, who was instrumental in the creation of the Colts offense under Peyton Manning, is no longer with the team.And what are the odds the Colts let Moore talk about a job with a division rival and let a conference foe approach him to talk strategy?
Sure enough, Mooreís name is no longer on the team web siteís coaching roster and I've confirmed in a couple places that heís no longer with the team. It's a change to the staff that officials have not yet been asked about.
Itís something I certainly should have asked Bill Polian about when Iíve had the chance.
Itís not uncommon for the Colts to make moves with no announcement and allow them to be discovered later -- something thatís taken too long for me to do. Perhaps Moore didnít want any fanfare with his departure, it would fit with what I know of him. We do not know if it came against his wishes, if it was a mutual deal or if the team wanted him to stay and he chose to walk away.
Moore was instrumental in the creation and perfection of the Coltsí offense run by Peyton Manning. Last year, Clyde Christensen officially took over as offensive coordinator, with Moore reduced to offensive assistant. A reduction was significant, but it's nothing compared to a departure.
Mortensenís report said Moore ultimately told Munchak he couldnít make the commitment the Titans deserved.
That makes it sound as if the 72-year old coach no longer wants to live a full-time football life. More power to him if that's the case.
But remember, Howard Mudd made a declaration like that at the end of the 2009 season. And a little more than a year after he retired, he said yes to Andy Reidís offer to join the Eaglesí staff for 2011.
As of now, at least for 2011, one of the NFLís great offensive minds has taken a seat.