Peyton continued: “There’s a reason Eli and Gilbride have been together for so long, because Gilbride has called good plays and Eli has played well. Me and Tom Moore earned the right to stay together. It’s a compliment to Eli and Gilbride. If you call good plays and it’s working, they shouldn’t want to fire you.”
I can't say I disagree. Manning seemingly endured the last few years unhappy with the direction of the team.
I´m not sure this is him being unhappy about the Tom Moore decision, though. I mean, I can see that interpretation, but you can also read this as a simple statement of fact, a simple endorsement of the value of continuity between QBs and OCs. Moore wasn´t fired the way almost all OCs are, simply swept aside for a new system, since Christensen was in many ways a continuation of him, and the transition had begun a few years prior (it was established Christensen had been in charge of red zone plays while Moore was OC). Peyton was quite complimentary of Clyde throughout his tenure, so I´m not too keen on interpreting this in the most negative of ways.
I was always under the impression that Moore had made the decision to leave himself. Not saying that this is correct, just that that's what I had assumed. Was he actually fired? I don't believe much was said about it.
@7IHd There were some details around the league's pension plan that forced them to retire essentially. The owners approved of a plan that would have cost both Moore and Mudd had they not retired. They were offered consulting positions according to Irsay.
Manning was unhappy when it happened:
The NY Times article is a continued conversation from 2009 essentially. He clearly is still unhappy with the way the communication about Mudd and Moore was handled, possibly even with the fact they departed.
i agree too.. in fact he kinda said in before Moore & Mudd un-retired beginning of 2009. They made it all the way to the SB... of course. and then both were let go. Mudd may have wanted to leave the Colts already. But Moore did say if they want him, he will still continue to work. Well, there may be a Moore-Manning Reunion in the horizon, just not sure where... :(