BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Turned out the Buffalo Bills weren’t yet done making additions to their coaching staff. The Bills made their sixth assistant coach hire of the offseason Thursday when they announced the selection of Rob Moore as wide receivers coach.
The 2014 season will be Moore’s first in NFL coaching, but he comes to Buffalo with familiarity of the position.
A 12-year NFL veteran wide receiver himself, Moore caught 628 passes for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns between five seasons with the New York Jets and seven with the Arizona Cardinals. He had been the wide receivers coach at Syracuse University, where he worked under Bills head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for three seasons, since 2010.
Moore replaces Ike Hilliard, who Buffalo parted ways with following a 2013 season in which no Bills receiver reached the 600-yard mark. Moore is the third offensive assistant to be added to the coaching staff, and the second with a background working with wide receivers: Jim Hostler, who was the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receivers coach from 2008-13, was hired in January as a senior offensive assistant.
In his new job, Moore could play a key role in the development of Buffalo’s young wide receiver corps. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin were inconsistent as rookies, but both showed the promise to be significant playmakers in the Bills offense for years to come. T.J. Graham hasn’t been as impressive in his first two seasons, but one of Moore’s duties will be attempting to harvest the speedster’s potential in his third NFL year. Additionally, the Bills will expect Moore to help Stevie Johnson get back on track after a disappointing 2013 season.
Moore is the eighth member of the Buffalo coaching staff to come directly from Syracuse, joining Marrone, Hackett, tight ends coach Greg Adkins, special teams assistant John Anselmo, defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson, assistant strength and conditioning coach Hal Luther, defensive quality control coach Jason Rebrovich and running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley.