NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Veteran offensive coach Tom Moore says he believes the Tennessee Titans have a bright future with coach Mike Munchak and Jake Locker at quarterback.
The Titans are 4-9 heading into Monday night's game with the New York Jets (6-7), and Moore spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since joining the Titans a couple weeks ago.
"This is a first-class organization and you've got as fine a person as you could have running this organization in Mike Munchak. The future is going to be big for this organization in my opinion," Moore said.
Munchak asked Moore about being his offensive coordinator when he was hired in February 2011, but Moore was unable to take the job due to concerns with his knees.
"Mike and I talked when he initially got the job and I had some knee injuries," Moore said. "The last five years were tough, very tough. He's a professional and I'm a professional and I couldn't give him what he needed in the job because of my knees. But I have since gotten them both replaced."
The coach with three Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh and Indianapolis finished working with the 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 Munchak has said Moore consulted with Alabama earlier this season.
Munchak instead hired Chris Palmer. But he fired Palmer on Nov. 26 and promoted 32-year-old Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator. Munchak also asked Moore to join the staff in an advisory capacity, and Moore agreed.
"To me, coaching in the NFL is a privilege. I'm not into entitlements," Moore said. "It's a privilege to coach in the NFL and when Mike called me and asked me to help, I certainly want to because of my respect for him and for the organization. I've played a lot of games against this organization and it's a great organization, and it's a privilege for me to be here."
Moore said he sees potential for Locker, who has been inconsistent in his first season as a starter. Locker has completed 142 of 247 passes for 1,735 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
"I've just been here for two weeks, but I think the sky is the limit for him," Moore said of the Titans' 2011 first-round pick. "It takes time. He's a hard worker. He's going (to) do all the things that are necessary to become great. He's willing to work. He's willing to spend extra time. He has great talent. I think the sky is the limit."
Notes: The Titans ruled out middle linebacker Colin McCarthy for a third straight game as he continues to recover from a concussion. Receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) and defensive end Scott Solomon (knee) are also out. ... Munchak said all other players on the Titans injury report are probable for Monday night against the Jets.