Prove It!

April 5th, 2016
(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Sterling Moore is now with the Bills.

Well, the guy who some say was the best of the Bucs cornerbacks, Sterling Moore, has found himself a new home. And it is the tropical city known as Buffalo.

Moore signed a prove-it, one-year contract with the Bills. Moore signs not quite a month after the free agency dinner bell first rang.

Joe has seen some on Twitter refer to Moore as the best Bucs corner of 2015. Well, the way the Bucs played last year, allowing a 70 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks under the watchful eye of Coach My Scheme, to suggest Moore was the best corner is like after performing your morning No. 2 and pointing out the shiniest turd in the bowl.

The concept of the defense was so poor, how could anyone pick out the best corner? Just the fact Moore was let go and went nearly a month without finding work, and was signed to a prove-it contract, to Joe, that says it all.

20 Responses to “Prove It!”

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Joe has seen some on Twitter refer to Moore as the best corner on the Bucs. Well, the way the Bucs played last year, allowing a 70 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks under the watchful eye of Coach My Scheme, to suggest Moore was the best corner in that defense is like after performing your morning No. 2, pointing out the shiniest turd in the bowl.

    You can’t argue with the results. Last year Moore shut down Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, and Dez Bryant. The guy played well, and I’m surprised we let him walk

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I tend to go with Creamsickle on this one. Moore looked good in comparison to our other DB’s not based on scheme, but simply who could cover better.
    Now were the other DB’s like Verner and Banks handicapped by Lovie’s kids…I do not really know,

  3. mike Says:

    I thought he played well. I would have offered him another 1 year deal to in tampa. You need 4 good CBs in todays in NFL and we have ???

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There must be something there that we don’t know that caused the Bucs’ disinterest in Moore…..

  5. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I agree TBBF

    I’m wondering if there was an attitude problem.

  6. Lord Says:

    Maybe Moore was being used in man more when starting compared to the other corners.

    By my eye the only corner getting completely roasted in man coverage was Jenkins (and Jennings actually). Otherwise most plays seemed to occur in soft spots in the zone.

    The vast vast majority of completions seemed to be on slant routes where the DB is playing zone and expecting the LB to make the play but you can’t launch at a WR anymore so it was completely ineffective concept. Can’t blame the DBs for doing what the dumb play calls for

  7. Kevin Says:

    Must have been something with his character. Other than that zero reason yo not bring him back. I am dissapointed and will be following him this season. They are obvioysly banking on verner returning to pro bowl form along with grimes and banks learning from the two vets. Still puzzles me I would love it Joe if you could do.some.digging on that. Sure im not the only one who would like to know

  8. salish_seamonster Says:

    If Sterling Moore was so special, why was he sitting out there on the free agent market for a month? Seems that most teams in the league feel the same way about Moore as the Bucs do – lukewarm at best. Who gives a crap? We’ve moved on.

  9. Pickgrin Says:

    “the shiniest turd in the bowl”

    LOL – Good one Joe.

    I’ve heard multiple hints that in 1 way or another say Moore was not a “fit” for the locker room. To me that’s a nice way of saying – “We don’t like this guy as a person”. So I’m trusting mgmt on this one and assuming they are taking the high road in deciding there’s no need to air the guy’s dirty laundry – just move on. Now that he has signed with Buffalo – we can all do just that.

  10. Waterboy Says:

    There had to have been somethings that happened behind the scenes that we don’t know about because we can talk scheme all day but the fact is he matched up with several of the leagues top 5 WR’s last year and did a good job. If he was able to overcome the scheme and Banks and Verner couldn’t I’d definitely like to see how he’d perform in what’s supposed to be a much better scheme this year. Especially considering Verner’s salary.

  11. salish_seamonster Says:

    ^^ Water under the bridge. He’s gone. He’s nothing special. Move on.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    There have been rumors of attitude / locker room issues with this guy… But nothing substantiated to the public.

  13. martinii Says:

    I thought Moore came in as a back-up and did a fairly decent job. I was surprised when Buc’s let him walk. He would have at least provided competition and a viable back-up role. Maybe he doesn’t fit what Mike Smith wants in a DB.

  14. Maze Says:

    Carefull some want proof around here if you hear that the great Moore was potentially a bad locker room guy with questionable character

  15. James Walker Says:

    The best corners on the roster weren’t starting.

  16. Dave Says:

    I’m very surprised they let him walk. I figured him, banks, and verner would have been kept and that is it.

  17. Joe Says:


    Have never heard anything untoward about Sterling Moore. Worst Joe can think of or remember is that he didn’t like to talk to reporters because he was a “team guy,” he didn’t want to be singled out for anything good that happened.

    Hardly a mortal sin.

  18. Joe Says:

    why was he sitting out there on the free agent market for a month?

    Exactly. And, he could only find a one-year prove-it contract.

    Given how teams need corners, if Moore was all that, he’d have a line of general managers with contracts and pens in hand at his front door.

  19. godzilla13 Says:

    All of the information on why Sterling Moore was not re-signed is being based on a Pewter Report article which said Moore just wasn’t the right fit for the type of team the Bucs want to field in 2016. Moore was better than any other CB’s on the team last year but even he was average. When asked how he was having success Moore talked about preparation and the time he would spend watching film. He did well against Dez Bryant because he used to play against him in practice. Not sure why he wasn’t a good fit for this year but I will trust those in charge made the right decision. Best of luck in Buffalo.

  20. PRBucFan Says:

    Considering he didn’t take over till later on as the Bucs number one he definitely was the best CB out their. It’s not like he was out there all season and they still gave up that kind of pass percentage.

    The pass defense definitely improved during the stretch when he was first inserted.