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Titans nearly landed Tom Moore as offensive coordinator

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In the same year that former Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd came out of retirement to join the Eagles, former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore almost pulled a Brett Favre, unretiring to join a rival within the Colts’ division.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen mentions during the “On the Clock” pre-draft segment regarding the Titans that coach Mike Munchak almost persuaded Moore to return to coaching.

Instead, the Titans hired Chris Palmer, who previously was head coach of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials.

Moore served as a consultant with the Colts in 2010, with Clyde Christensen becoming only the second offensive coordinator with whom Peyton Manning has worked during his NFL career.

Prior to Super Bowl XLV, Manning praised Moore.  “I’ll be indebted for the rest of my life for what he has done for my career,” Manning said. “I don’t know if there will ever be an assistant coach in the Hall of Fame, but if there is, Tom Moore has got to be the first one in.”

By not coming out of retirement, the clock toward the date of Moore’s first consideration will continue to tick.

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11 Responses to “Titans nearly landed Tom Moore as offensive coordinator”
  1. ar1888 says: Apr 10, 2011 12:29 PM

    As a Colts fan Im glad he didnt go to a division rival.

  2. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    Everyone knows Manning is not only the QB, but is also the Offensive coordinator and Head Coach.

    Manning is just singing Moore’s praises to the public. Manning runs that team, Moore, Dungy, and Caldwell just fill out a staff for appearances sake.

  3. northeastern31 says: Apr 10, 2011 12:45 PM

    I wonder if the price wasnt right. $$$ talks.

  4. sportsglutton says: Apr 10, 2011 1:19 PM

    Not sure I’m completely buying into Mort’s reporting on this one, principly because Moore “retired” due to issues concerning his retirement pay/benefits (If i recall correctly, if Moore hadn’t retired he would be receiving less than he does now because of changes the league was making).

  5. grikes says: Apr 10, 2011 1:27 PM

    No pressure, Chris Palmer.

  6. oldbyrd says: Apr 10, 2011 1:45 PM

    He is a fabulous coach.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2011 3:08 PM

    Oh No. Manning’s career would have been over. No body in their right mind actually wants to work for Bud Adams.

  8. tombrookshire says: Apr 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    Yup, second one in, since first is DC Dick Lebeau.

  9. chzamp says: Apr 10, 2011 10:10 PM

    Wouldnt Dick LeBeau be considered an Asst coach in the HOF? Yes he was a player for the Lions, but his career as a coordinator has spanned longer than his playing career and he is known more for his accomplishments as a coordinator, although he had a pretty good career as a player.

  10. nuxsucks says: Apr 11, 2011 1:47 AM

    chzamp, he had a hall of fame career as a player, and guys like Moore and Monte Kiffin will start a long deserved chain of coordinators to get enshrined.

  11. footballcoach17 says: Apr 11, 2011 9:57 PM

    It’s both…Moore made Manning…Manning made Moore. If he returns…it should be with the Colts as head coach.

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