Kyle Moore Gift Wrapped Starting JobAugust 7th, 2010
It’s no surprise that Raheem The Dream has second-year, hasn’t-done-squat-yet defensive end Kyle Moore in a starting spot on the left side.
This comes despite Moore literally being a snoozer last season, plus coaches have talked about his inconsistency in training camp.
Moore admitted he’s the guy to Tom Balog, beat writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, who penned an interesting feature about Moore and his role.
Moore should have all the incentive he needs — the urgency to keep his starting job.
“I want to keep showing them I have that ‘fire’ in me,” Moore said. “Now that they put me in that position, I’m trying to keep it. I don’t want to give it up.”
Moore is replacing Jimmy Wilkerson, last year’s starter at left end who signed with the New Orleans Saints.
What troubles Joe is that Raheem The Dream is the same head coach who last year, and at times this year, was so in love with competition at every position. Yet he seems to be writing off Tim Crowder or anyone else possibly challenging Moore (asked about D-linemen during his Friday news conference, Raheem The Dream again failed to mention Crowder).
Other than being a mid fourth-round pick in 2009, what exactly has Moore done other than get fat last year, get hurt, fall asleep in meetings, then lose weight, and be labeled by his coaches as a guy who doesn’t practice consistently well?
At least young Crowder led Bucs defensive linemen in solo tackles last year and had 3 1/2 sacks.
On one hand Raheem The Dream is all fired up about having “men” like Brian Price and Roy Miller slugging it out for playing time at nosetackle. And he’s all pumped to have Sean Jones and Sabby The Goat, and Keydrick Vincent and Jeremy Zuttah, sharing No. 1 reps at their positions and battling for jobs.
But not Moore. He’s the anointed one at left defensive end. And for some reason that’s supposed to make sense.