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Titans WRs Coach Rob Moore Talks Expectations, Corey Davis


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New Titans receivers coach Rob Moore played the game at a high level.

During his coaching career, he's also tutored some top NFL receivers.

Now he's set to take over a group in Tennessee that's young, and talented. But at the start of the offseason, there's also plenty of uncertainty on what things might look like from a personnel standpoint in 2018.

Moore knows what he'll expect from his group, however.

"At the end of the day we are going to play fast," said Moore, hired by new Titans coach Mike Vrabel last month. "We are going to be physical and we are going to be disciplined route runners.

"It starts with route discipline. We have to be where the quarterback expects us to be. That is how you gain the confidence from the quarterback, but that's also how you continue to be consistent in making plays. I think every receiver will tell you if it is thrown to them, and they can get their hands on it, they have to make that play. That is a universal rule."

Moore has 16 years of NFL experience as a player and a coach. He joined the Titans after three years (2015-17) as the wide receivers coach for the Oakland Raiders and one year (2014) with the Buffalo Bills. During his time in Oakland, he worked with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, who became the first pair of Raiders receivers (2016) to surpass 1,000-receiving yards in the same season since 2001. Cooper became only the third player in NFL history to surpass 1,000-receiving yards and 70 receptions in each of his first two seasons in the league. Over the last three years, Cooper and Crabtree totaled 435 receptions, 5,556 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns.

A first-round pick in the 1990 supplemental draft by the New York Jets, Moore played 12 NFL seasons. He spent five seasons (1990-94) with the Jets and seven seasons (1995-2001) with the Arizona Cardinals. He played in 153 games, including 146 starts, and totaled 628 receptions for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns. A two-time Pro Bowler, Moore led the NFL with 1,584 receiving yards in 1997.

Does his playing experience help him as a coach?

"The advantage I have is I've sat in that seat that they sit in, so I can understand some of the things that they see," he said. "I can understand how to get them through certain injuries, and get them out of certain funks because I have probably been there myself. I can rely on my playing experience from that regard. But at the end of the day there is no substitution for hard work."

With the Titans, Moore will inherit a group that includes Corey Davis, a first-round pick by the Titans in the 2017 NFL Draft. Davis scored his first two NFL touchdowns in the team's playoff game against the Patriots, but injuries kept him from taking flight until the second half of the 2017 season.

Davis had 34 catches for 375 yards as a rookie.

"I think at the end of the day the key for him is to get himself healthy, so he can go out and show the talent that he has," Moore said of Davis. "I think once he gets that done everything will kind of take care of itself. At the end of the day it comes down to discipline, focus, and really doing all the intangible things that he is going to need to get done to be the player he wants to be."

The Titans also have a pair of young receivers in Taywan Taylor, a third-round pick in last year's draft, and Tajae Sharpe, a 2016 draft pick who spent last season on injured reserve.

Veterans Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews led the team in catches (Decker, 54) and receiving yards (Matthews, 795) last season among receivers.

"You just have to continue to put them in a position to make plays," Moore said of the team's young receivers. "But at the end of the day it really comes down to work. We have to put the work in. Corey obviously has to get himself healthy, because that is how young players get better. They have to continue to put the work in and continue to get the reps at it and eventually it becomes second nature to them."

Moore said he doesn't plan on doing it with a lot of yelling and screaming. He plans to teach them.

During his one season in Buffalo, Moore worked with Sammy Watkins, who set franchise records for a rookie with 65 receptions for 982 yards. Moore also spent four seasons (2010-13) coaching wide receivers at Syracuse and one year (2009) at Phoenix (Ariz.) Junior College. He started his coaching career at Montclair (NJ) High School from 2002-03.

"I am a teacher," Moore said. "I am going to make sure they know what to do, how to do it and then hold them accountable. It all comes down to the fundamentals. A lot of times with these young players, if they understand what you want from them, it is easy for them to demonstrate that on tape."

Mike Vrabel is introduced as head coach of the Tennessee Titans (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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