Tom Moore (American football coach)

For other people named Thomas Moore, see Thomas Moore (disambiguation).
Tom Moore
Arizona Cardinals
Position: Assistant head coach
& offensive consultant
Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-11-07) November 7, 1938
Place of birth: Owatonna, Minnesota
Career information
High school: Rochester, MN
College: Iowa
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Tom Moore (born November 7, 1938) is an American football coach and former college player who is currently working as the assistant head coach and offensive consultant for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL).

Early life

Moore learned football at an early age in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He played quarterback at the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and became a member of the Iowa Beta chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Moore coached at Iowa after graduation and then joined the Army for two years, when he also coached football overseas.

Coaching career

Moore resumed his college coaching career at the University of Dayton, where he coached offensive backs and received a graduate degree in guidance counseling. When he left Dayton in 1968, Moore went on to coach offense for nine years at Wake Forest University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Minnesota, and for the New York Stars of the World Football League (WFL).

Moore made the transition to the NFL in 1977 when he joined Chuck Noll's coaching staff at the Pittsburgh Steelers, initially serving as receivers coach. Within three years on the Steelers, Moore earned two Super Bowl rings and in 1983 he was promoted to quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. For eight years, Moore and Tony Dungy, the Colts' head coach from 2002 to 2009, were colleagues on Noll's coaching staff at Pittsburgh.

Leaving the Steelers in 1990, Moore served in senior offensive coaching roles for three teams in eight years, having the most success as offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, the team which led the NFL in total offense in 1995 and was the first team in NFL history to have two receivers with over 100 catches in a season (Herman Moore and Brett Perriman).

Indianapolis Colts

Moore interviewed for the Lions' head coaching job in 2006, but the Lions hired Rod Marinelli.[1]

The Indianapolis Colts, for whom Moore served as an offensive coordinator since 1998, won Super Bowl XLI in February 2007. Moore coached the offense under head coaches Jim Mora, Dungy and Jim Caldwell. He oversaw the development of quarterback Peyton Manning for Manning's entire career. Manning started every single game for the Colts over that time period, going 117–59 in the regular season and 9-9 in the playoffs, also setting numerous NFL records, including highest passer rating, season (121.1 in 2004, subsequently surpassed by Aaron Rodgers in 2011) and for most passing touchdowns in a season with 49, also in 2004 (since surpassed by Tom Brady, 50 touchdowns in 2007 and by Manning himself with 55 touchdowns in 2013).

On May 6, 2009, ESPN reported that Moore was planning to retire due to a change in the NFL's pension program which affected both him and the Colts' offensive line coach, Howard Mudd. Larry Kennan, the executive director of the NFL Coaches' Association, said Moore had not yet filed his retirement papers but believed that he was "just about there."[2] On May 20, 2009, Moore returned to the Colts to serve as their senior offensive coordinator, though he ultimately left the organization following the 2010 season.[3] On July 21, 2011, it was announced that Moore would take a job with the New York Jets as an offensive consultant, working from home.


  1. Pompei, Dan (August 13, 2015). "Tom Moore, Cardinals Consigliere". SportsonEarth. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  2. Mortensen, Chris (May 8, 2009). "Colts coaches among those retiring".
  3. Kuharsky, Paul (May 10, 2011). "On Tom Moore's quiet departure from Colts". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
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