Moore headed back to Indy, this time with Titans


Moore headed back to Indy, this time with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tom Moore is awfully busy at the Titans' facilities for a man without a defined role.

He sits in during Tennessee quarterback meetings. He pulls Titans aside at practice to offer tips and suggestions.

The 74-year-old former Colts' assistant is expected to be in Tennessee's coaching box on Sunday in Indianapolis when the Titans take on his old team. Titans receiver Nate Washington says it must feel a little strange for Moore, who spent so much time coaching Peyton Manning.

``I don't think he's one of the type of guys that lives on, `Hey when I was here doing this'' or ``when I was there doing that,''' Washington said Thursday. ``He's not that type of guy. ... I'm sure he'll have some type of crazy feelings.''

What Moore thinks about his latest stint coaching in a career in the 1960s before he moved to the NFL in the 1970s remains unknown. He hasn't spoken with reporters since arriving in Nashville a week ago.

The coach with three Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh and Indianapolis finished working with Colts (8-4) after the 2010 season. He did some consulting with the New York Jets last year before spending the last month of the season with the team, and Titans coach Mike Munchak said Moore consulted with Alabama earlier this season.

Munchak called Moore last week after the Titans coach fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer on Nov. 26, and Moore has no title and is just considered a member of the staff. Munchak is hoping Moore sticks around through the rest of this season.

``We didn't sign a four-week contract or anything, it's kind of a week-to-week thing,'' Munchak said. ``I assume it's going to all work out to where he'll be there through the end of the season.''

The Titans (4-8) could use the help.

Tennessee currently ranks next to last averaging 27 minutes, six seconds of time of possession on offense. The Titans are 28th with 17.4 first downs per game and are 23rd overall with 329.9 yards offense per game.

Munchak said he thinks Moore will become more comfortable with the Titans and noticed the veteran speaking up even last week. Moore took over some of the quarterback drills when new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was busy elsewhere. Munchak's directions to Moore is feel comfortable, and the Titans want him speaking up whenever he sees something.

``He'll bring some interesting ideas, I think, as we go forward,'' Munchak said. ``I think it's going to be a real good fit right now as we go forward and finish this thing up. I'm glad he's here.''

Moore talked with Chris Johnson during Wednesday's practice with a couple of receiving tips, and Washington said the coach pulls individuals aside with little suggestions for a receiver to work his hands in a different way or driving better out of breaks on routes.

Colts interim coach Bruce Arians, who has a photo in his office with Moore looking over his shoulder, isn't surprised to see him back in coaching.

``When I saw him down in Jacksonville, he said he wanted to coach again, on his 74th birthday,'' Arians said of a conversation last month. ``I said, `God bless you. I hope you do.' He was adamant about it, so I know he's really happy about it.''

Arians said Moore has a great way of keeping the game extremely simple for a quarterback. Having been around nearly every offense, Arians said he can see how Moore can help a young quarterback and young coordinator.

The Titans have that in Jake Locker. The quarterback said Moore has a great knack for explaining details someone might not think is important. Locker didn't know of Moore's history in Pittsburgh with Terry Bradshaw or working with Barry Sanders in Detroit.

``But I've followed football since I was a little guy and knowing that he was at Indy with Peyton was something that I was aware of,'' Locker said.

Loggains originally met Moore at the Manning passing camp and sees him as a great resource.

``Hopefully we play better, and you can see some of his wisdom rub off on some of these guys, myself included,'' Loggains said.

Notes: WR Kenny Britt did not practice but showed up late after being excused for personal reasons. ... LB Colin McCarthy (concussion) was limited, CB Alterraun Verner (illness) and WR Damian Williams (hamstring) did not practice along with LT Michael Roos (right knee).


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The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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