Tunnel Vision For MooreMay 24th, 2014
Back in Chicago, Lovie spent a season serving as head coach and nickel back coach. How often does that happen in the NFL?
Study data from Lovie’s Chicago defenses, and you’ll see the nickel corner is on the field more than half the time.
Lovie Smith’s nickelback in Chicago during his final season of 2012 was often D.J. Moore, who just so happens to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Joe’s talked to Moore several times, and each time Joe’s asked Moore whether Lovie’s defense or Lovie himself have changed. The answer is always, “No.”
Speaking on 102.5 FM in Nashville recently, Moore even went so far to say, “Everything with the [Bucs] defense is exactly the same” as Lovie had in Chicago.
Moore told PewterReport.com this that Lovie plays his nickelback “about 70 percent of the plays” and explained that Lovie gives the nickel cornerback starter’s respect, as the top nickel gets to “run out of the tunnel.” He went on to say the nickel corner studies all the run fits of the strongside linebacker in order to fill that role.
Joe has to think Moore, 27, is the heavy favorite to win the nickel job. Lovie trusts him, otherwise he wouldn’t be here. Think Josh McCown. Throw in the guy who seems to be the top competition with Moore, Leonard Johnson, and Moore seems to be a lock.
During that Nashville radio interview (Moore’s a bit of a Vanderbilt hero), the sixth-year cornerback also talked about his film study habits.
Moore said he’s not big on studying receivers specifically, but he’ll intently study what teams do on “3rd and short and their money plays.” Moore said he also dives into how West Coast teams run their slant patters and, in some instances, how a receiver releases in case there’s a tell he can use.