Originally posted by BMore9ersfan:
Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Originally posted by BrodieFan:
The latest things I've read seem to indicate that Jay Moore is going to have a hard time making the squad. MM's last article said he had to leap-frog someone to make it.
Yes, I know. But without him, they're left with Brooks, who has yet to prove himself, and Harris, who appears to be a one dimensional--pass rush only--guy.
J. Moore brings more size, more run stopping ability, to go with his pass rush ability, and unlike Brooks, appears to be a hard working, "effort" kind of guy, who is also a solid special teamer. The lack of depth at the position seems to help his chances.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I have to ask how you know all of this about a guy that has spent the last two years on injured reserve. Outside of our rookies, Moore is one of the few players on the team that has actually done less in the league than Brooks. I mean really, how do you know he has pass rush ability or is a solid special teamer if we've never seen him play outside of a handful of pre-season games?
Fair questions, all. Let me explain, more fully, what I was attempting to say.
Start with the size question. Moore is listed at 6'4" and nearly 260. Harris is 6'1" and 245. I think I read recently--M. Burrows' blogs about the OLB position--that Harris is considered a pass rush specialist and, at his size, is a liability against the run.
Moore seems to have the size to hold up against OTs and pulling guards (dunno if he's got anything else), and was known as a pass rushing DE in college--hence the presumption that he can pass rush at least a little, and may be stronger than Harris against the run.
As for his special teams play, all I know is what I've seen in the preseason games he's played in before his injuries, and I'm not trying to say that he's going to be anything great. But we haven't even seen Brooks on ST.
I was only trying to compare him to the other two backups. He seems to have some attributes that they lack. He's got the size (if not the athletic ability) of Brooks, which Harris seems to lack. Everything I've read says he's stuck around and worked out hard for the past two years, and is one of those guys that puts in the effort, in contrast to the knock on Brooks, whose work ethic has been questioned in the past.
So we've got Brooks, who seems to have all the athletic ability and size needed, but hasn't proven himself at OLB, Harris, who's athletic but undersized, but has at least some experience, and J. Moore, who has the size but may lack the eyepopping athtleticism of Brooks and is equally unproven.
With the lack of a big, seasoned vet, for depth at the position, it may be that the team keeps 5 OLBs, which might mean J. Moore has a shot to stick around. That's all I'm saying.
Not trying to be an "expert" at all, just voicing an opinion. Sorry if it came out otherwise.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Jul 12, 2009 at 9:38 PM ]