Christensen Ready for New Challenge

After nearly a decade on the team's staff in a variety of offensive coaching roles, Clyde Christensen will be calling plays for the Indianapolis Colts offense in 2010.

Former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore is now the team's senior offensive assistant and will be helping in a variety of roles, such as working with the team's younger quarterbacks.

But the keys to the Colts' high-powered offense now belong to Christensen, who has been with the team since the start of the 2002 season. He has been the team's receivers coach and was promoted to assistant head coach last year.

The offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay for one season (2001) ran the Colts' offense last spring and summer while Moore briefly retired.

"I think I've changed seats," Christensen said recently. "I've been in the Ferrari for a while. I've taken some turns driving. I've taken some turns riding. I've been in the back seat. I've been in the front seat."

His promotion to offensive coordinator, and the new designation for Moore, is one of several changes made by head coach Jim Caldwell during the offseason. Former assistant offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars was moved up to offensive line coach after the retirement of Howard Mudd.

Also, ex-Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner is now coaching the receivers and former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince has taken over Metzelaars' previous job as assistant offensive line coach.

"You may change color in a couple of rooms or move some furniture around or pick up a new piece of furniture, but for the most part, the structure of this thing is intact," Christensen explained. "We're not trying to change a system or bring in a new scheme or anything like that."

He added that having Moore remain with the Colts was crucial.

"Tom's role will evolve and it's important for him to be around here," Christensen said. "I think he's going to be a huge help to me. We had great success working together and the last three or four years have been a great partnership doing what he needed me to do and taking more responsibility."

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