Inside The Bills

The reason Moats is now an ILB

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2011 – 5:19 pm

It’s been mentioned before, but this time Bills head coach Chan Gailey spelled out exactly why they moved Arthur Moats to inside linebacker for the 2011 season.

β€œThe development we felt of (Danny) Batten and (Antonio) Coleman and we also got Shawne Merriman,” said Gailey.Β “And you look at the prototypical outside backers and there are not a lot of six footers out there and we felt like his quickness and speed allowed him to be a better inside backer than outside backer.”

Moats is only 6’0″ tall and most OLBs in a 3-4 scheme are at least 6’3”. Having a taller frame with longer arms generally makes an OLB a better pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme, which is why scouts sometimes weigh height heavily for that position.

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