Titans add an experienced hand to offensive coaching staff

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:06pm

Dowell Loggains can’t be everywhere at once. So Mike Munchak brought in someone who pretty much has done it all.

Tom Moore, a long-time NFL assistant who spent 13 years as Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, joined the Tennessee Titans staff this week after Chris Palmer was fired and Loggains was elevated from quarterbacks coach.

“You want someone to be with the quarterbacks when [Loggains] can’t be, kind of be where he can’t be,” Munchak said. “… That’s the thinking there of how Tom can be a help to him and a resource for him and a resource for the staff in general.

“… It’s just that we are a little shorthanded and we feel this will be a very good fit for us going forward. … He’ll be a helping hand in a lot of ways. … He’s coached every position on offense.”

Moore was on the practice field for the first time Thursday and was expected to be with the team for the remainder of the season.

He does not have a title and is not going to get one. He is considered simply an offensive assistant.

“This guy is not coming in for anyone’s job,” Munchak said. “He’s not looking to be the coordinator for the Titans or for a position job. He’s just coming in because he’s very knowledgeable and he loves the game, wants to be around it and we happen to have a need. It’s a win-win for both sides. I think it’s going to be nothing but a great situation.

Munchak said he called Moore on Tuesday, the day after Palmer was fired, and the 73-year-old joined the staff Wednesday.

Moore’s NFL coaching career dates back to 1977, when he became the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receivers coach under Chuck Noll. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1983 and later worked as offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions (1994-96).

Last season he worked as a scout and an advisor for the New York Jets. He worked from home for much of the season, but joined the team in early December and remained there through the end of the season.

“It’s not that Dowell’s a first-time coordinator,” Munchak said. “It’s strictly about needing some more help in the building [Moore] is a guy who obviously has a résumé that’s more than qualified for what we need. We’re just fortunate that someone like him was available when we needed him. So we’re going to take full advantage of him.

“I think it’s going to be good for our organization and for our development as an offense going forward.”