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Moore eager to go to work again after knee surgery

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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Moore, who will carry the title assistant head coach/offense, said he wanted to make sure he was physically able to give it his all in Arizona.

"I wanted to make sure I could do it justice because I believe in professionalism," Moore said. "I wasn't going to take a job unless I could give it 120 percent total commitment, because people deserve it, the players deserve it, the organization deserves it and certainly Bruce deserves it, so here I am."

The challenge is a big one. Arizona's offense was the worst in the NFL last season. The offensive line has struggled and there is no sure-fire candidate to take over at quarterback.

Moore, who said he learned most of what he knows about football working 13 years for Chuck Knoll, said a coach should not try to force players to fit his system.

"You don't come in with preconceived ideas and say 'Hey, I'm Tom Moore and this is what we're going to do,'" he said.

Instead, he said, coaches must build around the strengths of the players, quarterback or otherwise.

"You've got to do what your players can do," he said, "find out what they can do, what they're the best at, find out what their strengths are and then make sure you take advantage of their strengths and maximize them. As a coach, your job is to make sure you give your players a chance to be the very best they can be."

He and Arians are in the midst of identifying those strengths in their early days in Arizona.

"Everything in the passing game starts with protection," he said. "That's the biggest thing. There's all kinds of pass patterns, millions of pass patterns and all good pass patterns. But the biggest single thing you've got to work on initially and first and get established each week is your pass protection."

Well, the Cardinals were 0 for 15 in third down conversions in a 7-6 loss to the New York Jets. And quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked 17 times in consecutive games before being lost for the season with a rib injury.

Moore was asked if he could fathom that stat.

"That's history," he said. "I don't deal in the past."

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