Brian Costello of the NY Post reported today that the New York Jets have hired ex-Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore as a consultant.
Moore, who spent 12 years running the Indianapolis offense, was one of several coaches the Jets brought in during the lockout to meet with the coaching staff. Moore came to New Jersey in April and June. After the second session, Rex Ryan offered him a job with the team.
“Rex and I go way back,” Moore said Thursday. “We’ve had some great games against each other. I just have so much respect for Rex and his staff and the organization. When he made the offer, I couldn’t refuse it.”
Moore is 72 years old and has been coaching since 1961. Brian Schottenheimer is 37 years old and has been coaching since 1997. Can you say mentor? Most people would be hard pressed to pick a better mentor as well. With all that Tom Moore has accomplished in this game, he has been a coach on three Super Bowl winning teams, the role of consultant works out perfectly.
Gone are the long hours of being an NFL coach. Moore has been the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator since 1998. This role allows him to work remotely and work directly with the coaching staff to improve upon their play calling and game planning.
Many Jets fans wanted Brian Schottenheimer fired after the Jets sub par performance in the AFC Championship game against the Steelers last season. The Jets took another approach which will make their post-lockout transition much smoother. Coaching continuity is going to be very important this season. NFL coaches have not been able to communicate with their players during the lockout. With the new league year still in limbo, teams that have to install new systems are going to be at a disadvantage, especially early in the season. Trying to implement a new system, without the luxury of off season workouts, mini camp or even giving the players the playbook ahead of time is going to prove to be a challenging task.
The Jets realize there is plenty of room to improve offensively and made the right move by not starting over. This allows them to hit the ground running once the new CBA is in place. For more information please visit this thread in our NY Jets fan forum.