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Longtime offensive coordinator Tom Moore joins Bucs for offseason practices

Moore has deep ties to both Bruce Arians and Tony Dungy.
Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Tom Moore, left, and head coach Bruce Arians watch as players warm up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Published May 22
Updated May 22

TAMPA — Longtime NFL assistant coach Tom Moore patrolled the practice field on Tuesday morning, getting a closer look at the Bucs offense.

The 80-year-old Moore has been in coaching since 1961, and has more than four decades of experience in the NFL. He’s been the offensive coordinator to some elite offenses, and he can now lend a hand to longtime friend Bruce Arians’ new offense in Tampa Bay.

Moore will not join Arians’ staff in any official capacity. He is expected to attend some organized team activities and part of training camp, but it isn’t anticipated that he will be with the Bucs during the regular season.

Most recently, he was an assistant head coach and offensive consultant under Arians with the Cardinals from 2013 to ’17. Moore also was the longtime offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts for 12 years, overseeing Peyton Manning’s entire career with the team. Arians was quarterbacks coach under Moore from 1998-2000.

He coached for three Super Bowl winning teams, including former Bucs coach Tony Dungy’s Super Bowl XLI winning Colts team.

Moore also has close ties to Dungy. For eight seasons, Moore and Dungy were assistants in Pittsburgh under Chuck Noll, and after Dungy took the Bucs’ head coaching job in 1996, he tried to hire Moore to be his offensive coordinator multiple times. Dungy’s roots with Moore go even deeper. Moore recruited him to play quarterback at the University of Minnesota.

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