Everyone knows the New York Jets are well known for their shutdown defense, with Rex Ryan at the helm this side of the ball does not seem to be an issue. Offense on the other hand is the thorn in the Jets side and might have cost them a chance at the Super Bowl the last two seasons.
Last year during the 2010 regular season the Jets ranked 7th in total yards given up on defense, but offensively they ranked 11th in total yards gained. A team cannot be completely focused on one side of the ball and let the rest take care of itself. Yes, “defense wins championships” but the team must be equipped with a stable offense as well.
Realizing they needed to work on their offense, the Jets reached out and are giving Tom Moore, the ex-offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts a try. Moore had offers from the Tenessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens, but accepted the Jets job after visiting with their coaching staff on two separate occasions. When asked about his reason for picking the Jets, Moore replied, “”Rex and I have known each other for a long time, Our relationship carried over obviously from when he was with Baltimore as defensive coordinator and the Jets. We competed against each other and I have tremendous respect for him and for the organization.”
Moore, now 72 has been coaching for 48 years, 34 in the NFL. Coaching teams like Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Detroit, New Orleans and most well known, Indianapolis, his resume speaks for itself. In his time with the Colts (1998-2009), Moore helped the team become one of the NFLS’s most productive offenses.
Moore will be serving as an offensive consultant for the Jets, which means he will be working from home. “I just stay right at home.” Moore said, when the Jets confirmed they had hired him. “I will be studying tape and that keeps me involved, keeps me in the game, keeps me on top of what is happening, it is going to be a lot of fun.”
Moore, now as a consultant, the Jets look to get their offense up to par with their stellar defense. With the recent re-signing of free agent wide out Santonio Holmes for 50 million dollars for 5 years with $24 million guarenteed, as well as the pursuit to re-sign Braylon Edwards if they can pull it off, look for the Jets to be productive from both sides of the line of scrimmage this season.
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