Tom Moore

Extra Points: Hogan, Buccaneers, Steelers

Veteran NFL receiver Chris Hogan is getting tweeted about by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, but not because he just signed with a new team. In a twist of news we didn’t see coming, Hogan has filed for the Premier Lacrosse League draft in March. Hogan mostly played lacrosse in college, as you’re probably aware if you watched any broadcast of a game he played in during his heyday with the Patriots. Hogan was an incredible story, as he only played one season of college football at Monmouth after transferring from Penn State where he played lacrosse.

He latched on with the Bills after a couple years of practice squad shuffling, and became a well-known name during his run with New England from 2016-18. In those three years he was often Tom Brady‘s top deep threat, and he was a large part of two Super Bowl winning teams. He signed with the Panthers in 2019, but injuries limited him to eight catches in seven games. He was with the Jets for the first five games of their disastrous 2020 season, catching 14 balls for 118 yards before landing on injured reserve and later getting cut. Now he’s attempting to get back to his first sport at the age of 33. It’s unclear if he’ll actually be drafted or not, but all of us here at PFR wish him the best.

Here’s more from the football universe:

  • We’ve already heard that 68-year-old Bruce Arians won’t be riding off into the sunset after the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win, so why would his 82-year-old offensive consultant Tom Moore? Moore apparently isn’t planning on calling it quits anytime soon, as he told Guy Limbeck of the Rochester Post Bulletin that “I want to coach until physically or mentally I can’t or until I die. He added “because there is absolutely nothing about working that turns me off. So I want to coach as long as I can, I want to coach as long as someone will hire me and that I can do the job that I’m supposed to do.” Moore never made it to head coach but had multiple runs as an OC in the NFL, most recently coordinating the Colts’ offense from 1998-2008. He was Arians’ assistant head coach with the Cardinals from 2013-17.
  • The Steelers recently had two players retire, long-time Center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Vance McDonald. Although both walked away from the game without Pittsburgh cutting them, the Steelers are still taking a financial hit. Those two retirements will result in $9MM in dead cap for Pittsburgh, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic tweets. The Steelers aren’t in the best cap situation, which helps explain why Ben Roethlisberger is going to have to restructure his contract if he wants to return for another season.

Tom Moore To Stay On Buccaneers’ Staff For 2019 Season

The Buccaneers will have another key voice on offense this season. Bruce Arians brought in Tom Moore as an offseason consultant for his first Bucs squad, but Greg Auman of The Athletic notes (on Twitter) the veteran assistant will stay on Tampa Bay’s staff all season.

Moore and Arians have worked together for decades, their tenures overlapping with the Colts from 1998-2000 and on Arians’ Cardinals staffs. Now 80, Moore has worked as a consultant for a few teams this decade — including the Jets and Titans — but is most known to this generation of NFL fans as Peyton Manning‘s OC in Indianapolis.

Previously serving as OC for the Steelers and Lions in the 1980s and ’90s, Moore has been in coaching since the early 1960s. His first NFL job came as wide receivers coach for the bulk of Pittsburgh’s John StallworthLynn Swann tenure. Moore oversaw Arians’ work in Indianapolis, with the current Bucs HC working as the Colts’ QBs coach for three seasons.

Moore presided over 13 top-10 scoring offenses, at least two at each OC stop. Arians, Moore and OC Byron Leftwich will be tasked with helping Jameis Winston revitalize his career in a contract year.

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