He’s one of three new offensive assistants on Doug Marrone’s coaching staff and he was the last one to be hired and arrive at One Bills Drive, but wide receivers coach Rob Moore expects his transition to be a smooth one.
That’s because Moore worked with both Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on the Syracuse staff for three seasons from 2010 to 2012.
With Senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing also being new hires, Moore won’t be the only new addition on that side of the ball. Melding their coaching talents together will be the task over the next few months.
“I know Jim (Hostler) has a great deal of experience and he’s going to bring a lot to the table in terms of different ways of doing things,” said Moore. “He’s been in a lot of different places and seen a lot of different defenses. Todd (Downing) has done a tremendous job at the quarterback position and I think he’ll be good for EJ, and him being here will allow Nathaniel to kind of take a broader approach as an offensive coordinator. At the end of the day he has final say on all those things, but he’ll have a chance to do more things within the offense.”
As for his role in terms of providing input, Moore believes he’ll be able to offer some insight.
“I’ll give him some of the ideas that I have and I think it’ll help us out,” he said. “But for me it’ll mostly be about the development of those young receivers and helping Stevie (Johnson) as well.”
Walking into the receivers room Moore will be the new guy, but he walks in with a good deal of credibility having been a two-time Pro Bowl receiver and 1st team All-Pro (1997) as part of a 10-year career. At the same time Moore is smart enough to know that a successful playing career is not what sells players on you anymore.
“I have to establish a relationship with them so they know who I am as a coach. At this level it’s not enough to have played in the league,” he said. “These guys want to know that you’re going to be able to teach them some things that they don’t know and make them better players.
“I think one of the benefits I had throughout my career is I played in a lot of different systems, different quarterbacks who had different strengths and weaknesses. I had to overcome some of my own weaknesses as a young player and develop. So I understand some of the highs and lows and what they can do to a young receiver.
“It can be difficult at times so if anything I can help manage those guys through that, and also give them some different ideas on how to do things. Having played with guys like Art Monk and Al Toon and train with other great players I have a pretty good fundamental idea as to how to develop these guys.”
Moore hasn’t had the time to watch any tape on his new corps of receivers, but that won’t change the collective end game for his position group.
“The ultimate goal is to play at a high level consistently,” he said. “Get to the playoffs and make a run.”