I found some interesting information supposedly from Tom Moore's own lips on GangGreen.com that another poster made regarding Tom Moore's offensive system . I tried to make a FanShot out of this, but I couldn't get it to work correctly. There didn't seem to be the option to post this the correct way. Follow after the jump.
He was speaking at Jim McNally's coaching clinic in Buffalo today. He had some pretty good stuff, most notably the calls at the line that he and Peyton Manning used for so many years at Indy. A few other facts that I found interesting:
-- During most of his stay in Indianapolis, he used two formations. Two. One was a 2x2 formation from singleback with the slot receiver away from the tight end, the other was a 3x1 (trips) formation from singleback with the slot receiver on the same side as the tight end.
No motion (except maybe a short motion to get off man-press), no fullback, no gimmicks. The only variation on these formations would be using them from Shotgun for pass-protection purposes. In a league that claims to be so complex, Moore kept it unbelievably simple.
-- He did not have an "X" and a "Z" receiver; he had a left and a right receiver. Reggie Wayne was always on the left of the formation, and Marvin Harrison was always on the right.
-- Indianapolis had 6 running plays. Outside zone strong, outside zone weak, inside zone strong, inside zone weak, inside trap, and a draw.
-- During Marvin Harrison's 143 catch season, 67 of them came from one play. It was a 5-yard in route in a play that they called "H-Dig". This is still a staple of the offense, and 97% of the time it's called (a statistic that Moore found out through looking at it), they throw to the 5-yard in.
-- He admitted that the 2005 divisional playoff game against the Steelers was the worst coaching job he'd ever done, and that game redefined the way he pass protected against the 3-4 defense.
-- He mentioned Peyton Manning and how he made him a better coach. Manning not only worked hard at his craft, but he expected answers. He wanted answers, to everything. If they do this, what am I doing? Where am I going?
Another thing I found interesting is Manning wasn't satisfied with the traditional hot read. Normally during a hot read, when the QB reads the blitz he hits the receiver behind it. Manning didn't like it. He didn't want to get hit; he didn't want a guy to come in free and get a shot on him. They redefined how they called protections at the line so that Manning could always block the guys he wanted to have blocked. Moore left it up to Peyton to get it right. He usually did.