Dave Moore Unclear On Dallas Clark’s RoleSeptember 25th, 2012
Interestingly, former Bucs tight end Dave Moore, the Buccaneers Radio Network game analyst, is quite fuzzy on this subject.
Dallas Clark has been used sparingly and didn’t look too sharp in getting free against man coverage at Dallas on Sunday.
Moore was asked about Clark during a WDAE-AM 620 interview Monday, and Moore said he was unsure how the Bucs would use Clark and wondered whether the Bucs expect him to be much more than a locker room leader, a Luke Stocker mentor, and an occasional contributor.
“It’s hard to say with the scheme of offense. You brought in a completely new offense,” Moore said of the Bucs’ use of tight ends. “The West Coast offense under Greg Olson and Jon Gruden really involves the tight end. We haven’t really sen how much this offense stems from New York. [The Giants] have gone through a number of tight ends the last three years.
“I watched the [Giants] play last week. They have that Martellus Bennett they’ve targeted a few times, but it’s not the Jimmy Graham or the [Rob] Gronkowski type guy that you need in this offense.
“Dallas Clark was brought in here to be a leader, a guy to be able to contribute. I don’t think he did extremely well against the man coverage [Sunday]. Maybe not quite his strength is beating the safeties in man. Luke Stocker did catch his first touchdown on a play-action [Sunday]. So he’s really the young guy and the guy-to-be. And I think Dallas has really bought in to be the mentor to teach this guy how to play at this level. You know, I’m not really sure what the expectations are out of him. So I don’t know if I disagree or agree with your statement other than the fact that when they signed him, I’m not sure exactly what their expectations were. Did they expect him to be like Kellen Winslow? Or, did they want to bring him in to be that run/play-action tight end. You’re talking two different styles of tight ends all together.”
Joe finds it interesting that Moore didn’t have a clear picture of Clark’s role given how well versed Moore is in all things Buccaneers Xs and Os and knowledgeable of the tight end position.
Joe suspects that if Moore is still working on figuring out the roles of the Bucs’ tight ends, then Mike Sullivan and company are going through the same process, as well.