David Bowie and Ozzy Osbourne have spoken of changes over the years and now the Indianapolis Colts are going through some changes of their own.
For the past 12 seasons, Peyton Manning and the Colts have looked to one man for direction on offense; 71-year old Tom Moore . Like Manning, Moore is entering his 13th year with the Colts and both have enjoyed a successful run among the ranks of the élite in the offensive hierarchy in the NFL. With Moore's help, Manning has produced prolific passing numbers and established himself among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
In 2009, the Colts began to make the transition from Moore to assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen as offensive coordinator. But due to critical remarks from Manning about the way the front office was handling the transition and the inexperience of the coaches brought in to replace the likes of Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd , these changes were delayed.
"It's not normal not having a full coaching staff," Manning told a group of reporters in '09. "I know they hired a couple guys to kind of come in but to think these guys, I mean these guys are learning, they're not offering a lot of coaching out there, I can assure you of that. So it's not a situation I'm just thrilled about."
Moore and Mudd stayed on as the senior offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach for the 2009 season. This year, Moore took a lesser role on Indianapolis' coaching staff as a senior offensive assistant and Mudd decided to retire. Christensen will take over play calling duties and Mudd's top assistant Pete Metzelaars will take over the offensive line. Continuity has been the name of the game for the Colts because, unlike Jason Campbell or49ers-organization-report_N.htm"> Alex Smith , Manning has had the same offensive coordinator for his entire career.
This sudden change would affect many NFL quarterbacks in a dramatic way but with "The Maestro" at the controls, it is highly unlikely Manning will run into problems. Manning is unlike any other quarterback this league has ever seen, he is the Arthur Fiedler of professional sports, a showman and perfectionist who controls every aspect of that offense. Christensen will be nothing more than a "play suggester" , maybe one day he will become some other quarterback's go-to-guy but never in Indianapolis and never for Manning.