The Old Kyle Moore Was A SnoozerJune 2nd, 2010
Yesterday, Joe read the short feature about Kyle Moore in The Tampa Tribune and was so stunned it took Joe a whole day to respond.
Beat writer Roy Cummings learned that last year Moore, a rookie out of Southern Cal, was falling asleep in team and positional meetings, and failed to learn the defense completely.
“We feel like he’s gained not just one step but maybe two steps, thanks to the weight loss,” Bucs defensive line coach Todd Wash said. “His agility, his quickness, that’s what he was lacking last year.
“He was just real sluggish, even as a pass rusher. But now we’re seeing the explosion we saw from him in college again and he’s really locked in (mentally) on that left side, too.”
That’s the biggest difference.
It might have been all those cheeseburgers he was eating, or maybe it was the heat. Moore isn’t really sure. All he knows is he struggled to stay focused off the field last year.
At the height of the problem he was nodding off in team and positional meetings and failing the little pop quizzes Wash or a teammate would throw at him to make sure he was grasping the details of the defense.
Joe is just floored that a NFL rookie could have an ongoing attention problem.
One would think the first time it was noticed Moore would have had to run endless sprints, or run four miles, or be publicly humiliated and tortured in another way to snap him out of it immediately. Maybe he was made to suffer, but apparently it didn’t work until this offseason?
Moore has dropped his Jim Bates-mandated weight and allegedly is all dialed in to be the starting left end, so Cummings reports. Joe really has to be skeptical of a second-year guy who couldn’t concentrate last season and is now expected to carry the load.
The only thing that comforts Joe about Moore is former Bucs defensive end and JoeBucsFan.com analyst Steve White’s assessment of him.
If there is one guy I expect to make the biggest leap in production next year, it’s Kyle Moore. Hampered by injuries most of 2009, he finally got an opportunity to play late in the season and he showed flashes in his rookie year. The Bucs used him both at left end and inside at defensive tackle some, but I think he will find a home next season just staying at end. He has all the physical tools to be a very good defensive lineman, but the one thing I believe he has to work on is transitioning to a more pro-style approach instead of a college approach to playing defensive line.
For instance, Moore didn’t show a great variety of pass rush moves and the one move he seemed to rely on was an arm over/swim move.
Now everyone loves to see a guy execute a swim move when it works, but the problem is in the NFL it rarely does. And when you miss on a swim move, you generally can not counter out of it and make a secondary move. That’s why the majority of winning moves you see in the NFL are some version of a rip move. Rip moves allow you to keep your balance and, if you get blocked, you still have the ability to counter out of it with a spin move or a hump move or a bull rush.
I think the Buccaneers’ brass is going to give Moore the opportunity to start at left end, especially if Jimmy Wilkerson isn’t re-signed or isn’t healthy by the beginning of training camp. With some technique work this offseason, I think Bucs fans will be happy with what they see out of Moore in the fall.