Offensive Coordinator Battle

One of the intriguing matchups in this game will pit the two offensive coordinators, Dirk Koetter vs. Tom Moore.

Koetter, fired last year at Arizona State, is in his first year with the team while Moore has been with the Colts since 1998, when they drafted Peyton Manning on the first round.

One thing they have in common is that they're not consumed by head coaching ambitions. At age 68, Moore isn't likely to get a head job and Koetter is content in his post after being fired as a head coach last year.

Koetter, in his first year as the Jaguars offensive coordinator, isn't going to fall into the trap that often hampers coordinators who try to put up big numbers to help them get a head job.

Koetter just wants to design a game plan to win the game. He doesn't need any style points.

After being fired by Arizona State at the end of last season, he said, "I wish I wasn't fired, but I did get fired and they did have to pay me a lot of money, so I'm coaching football because I like coaching football. I'm not worried about if I'm going to become the head coach at Boise State. I've already done that. I might not coach anywhere. That's just it. I don't have to worry about that stuff anymore."

He said making more money no longer motivates him because of the lucrative buyout he got from Arizona State.

"Don't take that for anything more than it is. It's the truth. I met a guy one time where his wife's parents died and he inherited a lot of money and he called me up and said, "man, it's unbelievable how your life changes when you're not motivated by money,' " he said.

Moore's offense usually puts up big numbers because he's got Peyton Manning as his triggerman. But he's not stubborn about it. If a team is going to drop eight men deep to take away the pass, he'll go to the run.

Moore did that in a 10-3 victory over the Jaguars in 2005, when the Colts put together a 17-play, 88-yard drive that featured 14 running plays and was capped by Ran Carthon's six-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left in the game. The Colts ran for 146 yards that day and Manning threw for only 122.

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