One of the league’s most experienced assistant coaches, Tom Moore enters his 38th NFL season and fourth in Arizona after he joined the team as assistant head coach/offense on 1/21/13. With a career that dates back to 1961 at his alma mater, the University of Iowa, Moore enters his 52nd season as a coach in 2016.
Moore came to Arizona in 2013 after spending the 2011 season as an offensive consultant with the NY Jets and the final five weeks of the 2012 campaign in the same capacity with the Tennessee Titans.
Last season, the Cardinals had the top ranked offense in the NFL for the first time in franchise history and established single-season records for points (489), TDs (59), TD passes (35), total net yards (6,533), first downs (373) and first downs passing (237). QB Carson Palmer set franchise records with 4,671 passing yards, 35 TD passes and a 104.6 QB rating and was named to the Pro Bowl. WR Larry Fitzgerald had a team record 109 receptions and was selected to his ninth Pro Bowl while RB David Johnson set a Cardinals rookie record with 13 TDs while totaling 1,636 all-purpose yards.
In 2014, Palmer became the first Cardinals quarterback to win each of his first six starts in a season since Jim Hart (7) in 1974. Palmer is now 29-9 as the starting quarterback with the Cardinals, the best record for an Arizona QB in his first 38 games with the team in the modern era. In his first season in Arizona in 2013, Palmer threw for a career-high 4,274 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards with three different teams. Arizona’s offense finished with 379 points and 5,542 net yards, both good for 6th in team history and finished ranked 12th in the NFL.
From 1998-2010, Moore helped coordinate a record-breaking offense in Indianapolis that was among the NFL’s most prolific attacks over that stretch. After 12 seasons as the offensive coordinator (1998-09), Moore served as the team’s senior offensive assistant in 2010. During those 13 seasons, the Colts offense ranked among the NFL’s top five in nine different seasons, five times it led the league in third down conversions, eight times it ranked in the NFL’s top three in scoring and seven times it ranked first in fewest sacks allowed. The passing attack ranked in the top five 11 times and never finished lower than sixth during that span. The Colts produced the 10 highest net yardage seasonal totals in club history and topped 5,000 total yards in a franchise-record 13 straight seasons. The club set a franchise seasonal record with 429 points in 2000, then bested the mark in 2003 (447) and again in 2004 (522). Indianapolis amassed 400+ points in 10 of the 13 seasons Moore was with the team. The club scored 522 points in 2004, then the fifth-highest seasonal total in NFL history, while the Colts set a club single-season mark with 66 touchdowns. The Colts boasted a 4,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver in the same season seven times (1999-2001, 03-04, 06-07), becoming the first team in NFL history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive seasons (1999-01). Under Moore’s watch, nine different players from the Colts offense combined for 37 total Pro Bowl selections.
Moore arrived in Indianapolis the same season as Peyton Manning (1998), and under his tutelage Manning went on to earn 11 Pro Bowl selections, six first-team All-Pro nods and became one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. In their 13 years working together, Manning set Colts franchise records with 54,828 passing yards, 399 touchdowns, 4,682 completions (which all ranked in the top-five in league history) and won an NFL-record four of his five career Most Valuable Player Awards (2003-04, 2008-09). He is the only player to have 3,000+ yards and 25+ touchdown passes in his first 13 seasons, and he led the NFL in passing yards twice, in passing TDs three times, and in passer rating three times. He started the first 208 regular season games of his career, the most in NFL history by any player, and Manning became the only player in the Super Bowl era with 11 double-digit victory seasons and the only player with nine straight seasons with 10+ starting wins.
He threw for 4,000+ yards an NFL-record 11 times and tied Dan Marino’s NFL record with 63 300-yard passing performances. In 2004, Manning posted one of the greatest seasons in NFL history by a quarterback, throwing for 4,557 yards and establishing then-NFL records with 49 touchdown passes and a 121.1 passer rating. During his time with Moore in Indianapolis, Manning produced the 13 best seasons in franchise history in completions and yards, the 12 best seasons in attempts, 12 of the 13 best seasons in completion percentage and 13 of the 15 best seasons in touchdown passes.
Also during Moore’s tenure with the Colts, wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne became the two most prolific pass catchers in team history and one of the most formidable tandems in the NFL. Harrison went to eight straight Pro Bowls (1999-06), surpassing 80 receptions and 1,100 yards in all eight of those seasons, including an NFL single-season record 143 catches in 2002 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Wayne, who joined the Colts as the team’s first round pick in 2001, developed into one of the NFL’s best WRs with seven straight seasons of 75+ catches and 1,000 receiving yards from 2004-10 and was selected to five straight Pro Bowls (2006-10). Moore also coached running back Edgerrin James from 1999-2005, as James set Colts franchise records with 9,226 yards, 64 rushing TDs and 49 100-yard games on his way to four Pro Bowl selections (1999-2000, 2004-05). James was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year in his second year of eligibility. James and Harrison topped 100 yards in their respective categories in the same game 22 times, the most by any tandem in NFL history. In 2000, Manning (passing yards) and James (rushing yards) led the NFL in their respective categories, marking only the second time in NFL history (1937, Washington QB Sammy Baugh and RB Cliff Battles) one team had the passing and rushing champion. Manning (11), Harrison (8), Wayne (5), Jeff Saturday (5) and James (4) earned multiple Pro Bowl bids during Moore’s tenure. James also won two NFL rushing titles (1999, 2000).
Moore entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1977 where he coached for 13 seasons. In that span, Moore coached wide receivers (1977-82) before assuming the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (1983-89). He helped lead the Steelers to victories in Super Bowl XIII (35-31 over Dallas) and Super Bowl XIV (31-19 over Rams). During his six seasons as wide receivers coach in Pittsburgh, Moore coached future Hall of Famers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, both of whom earned multiple Pro Bowl selections under Moore. As offensive coordinator, Moore also helped tutor future Hall of Famers including Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris and center Mike Webster, who went to the Pro Bowl five times during Moore’s tenure. In seven seasons at the helm of the Pittsburgh offense, the team piled up over 5,000 yards four different seasons.
Following his tenure in Pittsburgh, Moore joined the Minnesota Vikings (1990-93), serving as assistant head coach/quarterbacks (1990), assistant head coach/offensive coordinator (1991) and wide receivers coach (1992-93). It was under Moore’s guidance that future Hall of Famer Cris Carter earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 1993 after setting then-career marks for receptions (86) and receiving yards (1,071). He then joined Detroit as quarterbacks coach (1994) before being promoted to offensive coordinator (1995-96). During that three-year span, Barry Sanders ran for nearly 5,000 yards (5.2 yard avg.). In 1995, Detroit led the NFL in total offense (6,113 yards) and became the first NFL team to have two receivers post 100+ receptions (Herman Moore, 123; Brett Perriman, 108). The 3,174 combined yards by Moore and Perriman set the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tandem. Herman Moore posted career-highs in receptions (123), receiving yards (1,686) and receiving TDs (14). Following his tenure in Detroit, Moore spent one season in New Orleans as the Saints running backs coach (1997).
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Iowa, serving as the freshmen coach from 1961-62. Following a two-year stint serving in the United States Army (1963-64) where he coached a division team in Korea and the post team at Fort Benning, GA, Moore served as offensive backfield coach at Dayton from 1965-68.
He then worked as offensive coordinator at Wake Forest (1969) and offensive backfield coach at Georgia Tech (1970-71) before assuming the offensive backfield position at the University of Minnesota (1972-73). Following one season (1974) in the World Football League with the New York Stars as an offensive assistant, Moore returned to the University of Minnesota as offensive coordinator from 1975-76.
After earning All-American honors as a quarterback at Rochester (MN) High School, Moore played at Iowa (1957-60), winning a Big 10 title in 1958 and earning a share of another in 1960. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History at Iowa and a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling at Dayton. In 2005, Moore was inducted into the Rochester, Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame. In May of 2014, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Western Chapter) in recognition of his 13 seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Moore and his wife Emily, have two children, daughter, Terry, and son, Dan.
Tom Moore and Peyton Manning worked together for a number of years in Indianapolis adding another intriguing storyline to Sunday's game against the Broncos.