Arizona Cardinals Mind Behind the Mind: Tom Moore


Bruce Arians is coming off a great year, in which he won coach of the year. He is solid in his play calling and is willing to take the big shots down field.  He is known to get the most out of his quarterbacks, just ask Andrew Luck. Luck had an awesome rookie campaign and played like a NFL vet although he was just another young faced rookie to some of the old dogs in the NFL.  Reggie Wayne had a career year and the Indianapolis  Colts ended up being a surprise playoff team.

Enter the Arizona Cardinals, coming off a horrible year offensively and a year where it seemed as if fans watched 50 quarterbacks go down…Not even in a blaze of glory, but a cloud of torment and embarrassment. The offensive line was a wreck and the quarterback play suffered, along with Larry Fitzgerald.   Arians has a huge task of turning this team around and in what what most say is the toughest division in football. But he is not alone, he has one of the greatest offensive minds in the game since the late 70’s in Tom Moore.

Tom Moore was tutored by one of the best head coaches in football in Chuck Knoll and he has a tremendous pedigree. Tom Mo
ore and Tony Dungy, the Colts’ head coach from 2002 to 2009, were colleagues on Chuck Noll’s coaching staff at Pittsburgh.  Moore has been surrounded by some of the best minds in football and now he is a consultant with the Arizona Cardinals. As offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, the team 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 Bret Perriman.  Moore was also offensive coordinator for Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning winning a Superbowl in 2007.  He prety much was the man that tutored Peyton Manning in the game of professional football.

With Moore’s reputation as a offensive football genious and Arians running the show there is good reason for the Cardinals to feel like the offense can take off. If Michael Floyd can really get the offense down he and Larry Fitzgerald could really become the best WR duo certainly in the NFC West and tops in the NFL. I am not saying they both will have 100 catches like Herman Moore and Brett Perriman, but with the addition of Rashard Mendenhall who has a lot of tread left on the tires and had his best years under Arians, the Cardinals could have an offense that could really cause problems for their division foes.