BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – You don’t make it in the NFL for nearly 40 years like Tom Moore has if you’re not good at your job, which Moore clearly is.
Because Moore is so good at what he does with the Arizona Cardinals as their assistant head coach/offense, he’s been selected as part of the 2015 class for the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Moore joins Tennessee Titans’ assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau and retired assistant coach Dante Scarnecchia in the 2015 award class.
The Dr. Z Award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL. The award is named for Zimmerman, who covered the league for 29 years as Sports Illustrated’s lead pro football writer.
Zimmerman suffered a series of strokes in November 2008, which cut his career short and left him unable to speak, read and write. At the time of his unfortunate physical ailments, Zimmerman was writing multiple columns for the magazine and for SI.com.
Coach Moore’s bio follows, showing you everything he’s done in the college ranks, the WFL (World Football League) and in the NFL:
Tom Moore – In his 37th season as an NFL assistant coach, Moore is in his third season with the Arizona Cardinals as assistant head coach/offense after returning to the sidelines after spending the 2011 (New York Jets) and 2012 (final five weeks with the Tennessee Titans) seasons as an offensive consultant in retirement.
He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Iowa, as freshmen team coach (1961-62). After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army (1963-64), where he coached a division team in Korea and the post team at Fort Benning, Georgia, Moore returned to the college ranks, first as the offensive backfield coach at Dayton (1965-68), then offensive coordinator at Wake Forest (1969), offensive backfield coach at Georgia Tech (1970-71) and backfield coach at the University of Minnesota (1972-73).
He got his first taste of pro coaching in 1974 with the WFL’s New York Stars as an offensive assistant. Moore returned to the University of Minnesota as offensive coordinator (1975-76), before coming to the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers as wide receivers coach (1977-82), and later, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (1983-89). He joined the Minnesota Vikings as assistant head coach/quarterbacks (1990) and was assistant head coach/offensive coordinator (1991) before moving to wide receivers coach (1992-93). Moore was the Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach (1994) before a promotion to offensive coordinator (1995-96), and he served as the running backs coach for the New Orleans Saints for one season (1997).
He is best known for his time with the Indianapolis Colts as offensive coordinator (1998-2009) and senior offensive assistant (2010), where he coached several record-breaking offenses and tutored quarterback Peyton Manning during his first 13 seasons in the NFL with the Colts. He has coached in four Super Bowls (XIII and XIV with Pittsburgh; XLI and XLIV with Indianapolis).