Bull Rush: Kyle Moore Could Be A Starter

March 5th, 2010
JoeBucsFan.com analyst

Steve White spent every season of the Tony Dungy era playing defensive end for the Bucs. He’s spent countless hours in the film room with the likes of Warren Sapp, Rod Marinelli and more. Joe is humbled to have White, also a published author and blogger, as part of the JoeBucsFan.com team. Below is White’s weekly Bull Rush column that breaks down all things defense. It’s simply a can’t-miss read for the hardcore Bucs fan. 

With the 2009 season over, White is profiling every Bucs defensive lineman and breaking down his strengths and weaknesses, as well as how he may fit in in next season.

Today he looks at Kyle Moore, Dre Moore and Michael Williams, who all played sparingly in 2009.

Kyle Moore:

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.

Michael Bennett:

I liked what I saw out of Michael Bennett after we signed him off of the Seahawks’ practice squad. He showed some real burst in getting off the ball and he used his hands really well. He, like most of our defensive linemen, is going to have to work on using pass rush moves because he was another guy who relyed way too heavily on a bull rush last year.

Also, because he is one of the low men on the totem pole, he is going to have to find a way to stay healthy. He missed a great opportunity for playing time being out with a toe injury after Jimmy Wilkerson got hurt. When you are a backup who wasn’t a draft pick and you are third string or worse, the harsh reality in the NFL is that you can’t afford to be hurt when your number is called. If he stays healthy, however, I think he can provide us some quality depth and he should be able to make the roster again next year.

Dre Moore:

Of all our defensive tackles, Dre Moore was the guy who most looked the part of a nose tackle. He is listed at 305 pounds but he certainly looks bigger on the field and he appears to be a pretty good athlete, as well. I think where he fits in on the team, if at all, will depend on what we do with the starters from last year.

I don’t know if both Ryan Sims and Chris Hovan will both still be on the 2010 roster. If they are, then Dre is going to have a hard time sticking around because he is another low man on the totem pole and there is no doubt that the Bucs are going to bring in new defensive tackles, whether through the draft and or free agency. If one or both starters are gone, however, then I think Moore has a really good chance to stick around.

The best advice I could give him this offseason is just work on playing a double-team block. It would be great if we had a nose tackle that was great at pass rushing, but that will never be his primary job. The nose tackle needs to be an anchor of the defense who commands a double team and is good enough at playing them so neither the guard nor the center can come off the block and go up to a linebacker, lest the nosetackle make the play in the backfield. If Dre can model his game after a guy like the Vikings’ Pat Williams, then he will be a prized commodity not just for the Bucs but for other 4-3 teams.

10 Responses to “Bull Rush: Kyle Moore Could Be A Starter”

  1. Mike J Says:

    Jimmy wasn’t tendered so right now Kyle is the default starter at LE. (J.W. will geta medical check in July would be my guess; I am dubious anyone else is going after him at this point in time.) Dre had a good Combine a couple years ago but let himself get badly out if shape; he was a de facto rookie last year & still needs development,t but has some real upside. Bennett has quickness & athleticism for the right side but may never be more than a backup.What about Maurice Evans, Steve?? Is he an afterthought??
    My theory is that a bona fide, penetrating under tackle capable of executing stunts & loops effectively can make the guy playing next to him a whole lot better.

  2. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Dre Moore is a bum. Don’t really understand why he is even still around.

  3. Eric Says:


    How would you rank the overall D-line, as it exists now, compared to the other NFC South Teams?

  4. Marc Says:

    kyle moore will be raw next year.

  5. sgw94 Says:


    I didn’t get a look at Evans so I can’t really evaluate him till I see him play for us if he is still around in the preseason.

  6. sgw94 Says:


    If you are asking me to evaluate our defensive line today then its going to be kind of hard to do. Obviously the first inclination is to say its at the bottom, but that would discount the changes on other teams in our division with free agency. With the Panthers losing Peppers and cutting Damione Lewis who knows what kind of defensive line they will be. The Saints cut one of their best players in Charles Grant and I’m not sure they will keep the guy who replaced him in the playoffs Bobby McRay because he is actually more of a right end. Right now I think the top team as far as defensive line goes is the Falcons with Abraham and Bierman, but that is all subject to change after free agency and the draft is done. Id still say we are close to the bottom but obviously the defensive line is a position that we are going to address heavily this off season.

  7. Eric Says:



    Hopefully the unit will be upgraded.

    Any FA you see out there that would really help?

  8. Mike J Says:

    Let me echo Eric, I appreciate these knowledgeable analyses.

  9. Mike J Says:

    Sorry, should have said “signed”, not tendered, Jimmy. Been reading too much restricted free agent stuff.

  10. sgw94 Says:


    The free agency situation this year is so muddy for me with guys ending up as restricted instead of unrestricted that I can’t really say. Some guys are on the market when they don’t actually appear to be. Other guys are on the market only by a technicality until they can get a deal done with their team. I would have loved for us to sign a 3 technique that had already shown what they could do at this level but I don’t think most teams are going to let those kinds of guy go this year. At least not anybody young and of course we are going with a youth movement. If we weren’t I would think we might have considered Cornelius Griffen a D Tackle released by the Deadskins but at 33 Im pretty positive he isn’t on our radar.