Former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore leaving an impact on Jets offense
|10.06.11 at 12:47 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Jets hired former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore in the offseason, looking for him to bring some of the wisdom he was able to instill in Indy quarterback Peyton Manning over the course of their 12 years together.
According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, through four games, you can see some of Moore’s fingerprints on the Jets offense.
“I’d say there are a few things,” Belichick said. “I think the Jets are still basically the Jets, (but) I think there are a couple things that you could look at offensively and say, ‘That looks like an Indy idea.’”
Ryan said that Moore has served as a sounding board for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and has also focused on improving the Jets’ red-zone performance over the course of the first four games: New York is 10th in the league in red-zone offense, finishing off drives with touchdowns 58 percent of the time. Last season, they were 20th in that department.
“I think Tom’s been good,” Ryan said of the 72-year-old Moore. “He’s helped Brian — just another voice for Brian. I think he really works in the red zone with us and I think that’s been an area where we’ve improved. I think we’re throwing the ball a little more effectively this year than we’ve done in the past, but clearly, we have to run the ball more.”