Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone plugged the last remaining hole on his staff Thursday by naming Rob Moore as the team’s wide receivers coach.
Moore, 45, is entering his first season as an NFL coach, although he did play receiver in the league for 12 years. He’s well known to Marrone, working for him in the same role for three years on the staff at Syracuse University, where he’s spent the past four seasons overall.
Moore replaces Ike Hilliard on the Bills’ staff. Hilliard was fired by Marrone the day after the 2013 season ended.
The timing of Moore’s hiring comes a day after college football’s national signing day, when the Orange added four receivers.
Prior to coming to Syracuse, Moore worked for a season at Phoenix Junior College in 2009. He also previously worked as a consultant for Project Management and Athletes Performances, where he trained athletes for the NFL Draft. During his time there, Moore worked with current NFL players Robert Meachem, Dwayne Bowe, Vernon Davis and Golden Tate, among others.
As a player, Moore was the first overall pick of the New York Jets in the 1990 NFL Supplemental Draft. He spent five years with New York (1990-94) and seven with the Arizona Cardinals (1995-2001). He made 146 career starts, with 628 catches for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl twice (1994, ‘97) and one All-Pro team (1997).
Moore is originally from Long Island. He played collegiately at Syracuse, where he is a member of the school’s All-Century Team and holds program records for receiving yards per game (75.8) and touchdown catches (22).
With Syracuse, Moore helped former Orange receiver Alec Lemon finish his collegiate career first in program history in all-time receptions (201) and second in all-time receiving yards (1,780).
Adding to the receiver position, however, was a priority during this signing period. The Orange did not have a receiver finish with more than 36 catches or 397 yards in the 2013 season.
Moore’s hiring is the last major position Marrone had to fill on his 17-coach staff. There have been six changes to the staff since the end of 2013, the most notable being Jim Schwartz replacing Mike Pettine at defensive coordinator after Pettine was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pettine took defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, linebackers coach Jim O’Neil and defensive quality control coach Brian Fleury with him to the Browns.
Moore joins Pepper Johnson (defensive line), Fred Pajac (linebackers) and Todd Downing (quarterbacks) as new positional coaches. The Bills also added Jim Hostler as a senior offensive assistant.