Did Kyle Moore Get Washed Out?August 18th, 2011
Sackless in regular season play, defensive end Kyle Moore had two sacks in Kansas City last week and looked darn sharp, even if he was playing against future furniture movers, beer truck drivers and guys who might be enrolling in grad school next week.
Moore battled some injuries during his first two seasons but still managed to see the field for 16 games. He was gifted the starting left end job entering last season and was never impressive,.
Tuesday night, while speaking on 1010 AM to Derek “Old School” Fournier, former Bucs defensive end Steve White said Moore regressed during his first two seasons but White danced around calling former Bucs defensive line coach Todd Wash second rate. However, that was the message.
“Now you see a little bit different attitude, a little bit different technique from everybody [on the D-line,] White said of play under new line coaches Grady Stretz and Keith Millard.
“Nobody questioned [Moore’s] effort or anything like that, the thing with Kyle [Moore] was his technique, plain and simple. He did not get off blocks. He did not come off the ball real fast. He was always kind of a look-and-see move instead of just making them react to him. And, you know, a lot of that can be contributed to coaching. But you know you’ve got do what you gotta do with whatever coach you have.
“Yes, he’s flashing now and that’s great. Unfortunately, now he’s so he’s so far down on the depth chart, how does he get to stay on this team? What I hope to see is him out on kickoff team, on kickoff returns, maybe even on punt return team trying to show how important it is to him to make this team. Because when you’re third team, man, it’s hard. … You gotta get in where you fit it in.”
White also talked about the important changes Michael Bennett has made under the new coaching staff and how he was a clear standout against the Chiefs.
Joe almost feels bad now for Moore. First, the Bucs demanded he fatten up fast as part of the heinous Jim Bates Experience. And perhaps Wash so mangled his development that the guy is going to lose his job because he was set free too late — after the Bucs drafted two ends.
Joe can’t wait to see Gerald McCoy tonight, his first game of the post-Wash era.