Re: Sterling Moore?
posted at 11/1/2012 2:36 PM EDT
In response to coolade2's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Yeah Frank, a few of our resident "experts" were talking about Sterling Moore during the offseason as a good young corner, part of that great young defense BB was putting together. Some were even calling the secondary the best in the league.
This was all nonsense and many of us argued for more skepticism in these evaluations. Moore did make a nice play to knock the ball out of Lee Evans' hands, but people forget that the only reason Moore had the chance to knock the ball out was because Lee Evans was open enough with Moore in coverage to make a catch. Similary, I believe it was Moore who was the corner beat by Manningham in the infamous sideline catch in the Super Bowl. In fairness to Moore, those both may have been difficult coverage assignments, but if you watched the games carefully, you understood that Moore was often beat. He was aggressive trying to knock the ball out after the catch, but a corner's primary role is to prevent catches, not slap at the ball after it's been caught.
I wouldn't minimize the skill of knocking the ball out... Who else on this team does this...? Moore has made this play repeatedly and seems to have a knack for it. It takes coordination and talent.
yes, it means he was "beat" on the play until you realize the play ends with the ball on the ground. This is more than could be said about other DBS on this team. He also appears to be a solid tackler. Frankly i would have let Chung go instead.
I think the fact that he managed to get back into plays to break them up at all puts him ahead of most of the DBs on this team. Last year, with Moore's play towards the end of the year, Arrington leading the NFL in interceptions and McCourty looking servicable at safety there were a lot of people being very optimistic about the defensive backfield coming into this season...