Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck after finishing the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Over the weekend, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star published a little write-up on Tom Moore and how he has become a very big Andrew Luck fan. This information wasn't anything new, especially since NBC's Michelle Tafoya published her interview with Moore back on April 3rd, and Moore told her pretty much the exact same info he told Kravitz:
- Andrew Luck is smart
- Andrew Luck is awesome
- The Colts should draft Andrew Luck No. 1 overall
Despite Kravitz providing us with little to nothing we didn't already know, his article did spur me to thinking this: Tom Moore is unemployed. Why haven't the Colts rehired him?
If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Moore, you know he is the kind of guy who never stops. I will always remember this answer he gave me when I asked him about retirement two years ago:
BBS: What's keeping you going? Howard Mudd is retiring, but you're not. In fact, you said that you have more energy now than you've ever had. What's keeping you so energized?
TM (smiles): I don’t know, but I sure thank the lord for giving it to me. (We laugh) I don’t know. It’s the way I am. That’s what keeps you going. Like my wife, she kind of kids me and she says, You're afraid to retire, aren’t you? I says, you may be right.
TM: And, I don’t know. There's so much in life that the last thing I want to do is just sit and not do anything. This [coaching football] is fun.
Howard Mudd did indeed retire, but he "unretired" just a year later to coach in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Tom Moore spent much of last season as a consultant for the New York Jets, working with quarterback Mark Sanchez, after the Colts jettisoned him after the 2010 season.
I've long speculated this, but Moore and Mudd were probably run out of Indianapolis by the Polians, just as they ran off longtime runningbacks coach Gene Huey. Moore and Mudd are outspoken gents, and likely their combination of intelligence and bluntness did not sit well with Bill Polian and his sons.
Now that the Polian Mafia is gone, I wonder why the Colts haven't brought back Moore. He clearly wants to coach again, and he offers tremendous knowledge and insight into the quarterback position. This could work well under the current coaching hierarchy. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a close friend of Moore's, and both Arians and current QB coach Clyde Christensen (who took over as offensive coordinator two years ago after Moore took a back seat) have coached under Moore in the past. Indianapolis is looking to run the same offensive system Moore implemented with Peyton Manning back in 1998, and since the worst kept secret in the league now is that the Colts will draft Luck No. 1 overall, it just makes sense to rehire him as a consultant or as a special assistant.
Like Kravitz says in his article, I too trust Tom Moore. I trust his ability to teach players how to get better. His track record speaks for itself, and his presence at West 56th Street (working with Arians, Christensen, and Luck) could go a long way to getting the Colts back to the top of the mountain.