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Moore excited about WR corps he inherits

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2014 – 4:14 pm

Bills new receivers coach Rob Moore had been around his share of talent from his 10 years as a player in the NFL to his work as a coach and consultant. But he sees Buffalo’s collection of wideouts as a pretty exciting group to work with.

“It’s extremely talented. There’s a lot of talent,” Moore said. “In the brief clips that I’ve seen, when you watch the tape you see a great potential for growth. These guys are very talented. You can’t teach the speed that you have on this team.”

 


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The day Moore learned what it meant to be a pro

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2014 – 4:37 pm

Bills receivers coach Rob Moore enjoyed an 10-year playing career, but when he was taken by his hometown New York Jets as a top supplemental pick in 1990, he thought he’d play his entire pro career with the club. He found out otherwise.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Moore explained how being traded by the Jets made him grow up fast.

“The New York Jets franchised me and traded me on draft day,” Moore said. “Originally when I got the phone call I was in Miami and I was flying back and told I was going to play for the Packers and Mike Holmgren. And when I landed in New York I found out that I was going to Arizona to play for Buddy Ryan. It was interesting. I figured I would be a Jet for the rest of my career and on that day I would say I grew up as a professional and realized the business aspect of it.”

Moore would play five very productive seasons, including his career year in 1997 when he led the league in receiving yards (1,597) and was a 1st team All-Pro.


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Fan Friday 2-7

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2014 – 2:06 pm

Buffalo’s coaching staff is now complete with the hiring of Rob Moore as receivers coach. Now preparations for the NFL Combine will ensue. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - @ChrisBrownBills

With some mock drafts saying TE Eric Ebron for us that would be a huge upgrade and the big addition the offense needs. Can Buffalo afford Byrd and LT Albert?

JamesKnapp

CB: I think Branden Albert is unlikely based on what Bills GM Doug Whaley said on the John Murphy Show last week. He indicated that they will continue to take a measured approach to free agency and not break the bank on high-priced free agents. Albert would certainly fit into the high-price category.

Here’s what Whaley said at the Senior Bowl a couple of weeks ago.

“We were extremely happy (with our free agents last year),” Whaley said. “I think we’re going to stay that course, value picks, guys that can come in and contribute and we get a real good return on our investment. They’re not going to be big splash guys.”

That being said I do believe they will make every effort to re-sign Jairus Byrd to a long term contract extension.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Thoughts on Rob Moore ? Cuse guy!

Mikefromplayers

CB: I know Rob Moore’s coaching experience is not lengthy on paper, but having met him here at One Bills Drive and being very familiar with his playing career from the time he was in high school I believe he has a lot to offer Buffalo’s receiving corps. He has an interesting approach that I think will cater well to both the youth and the proven vet in Stevie Johnson in the receivers room.

For those that don’t know his playing career all that well he was a two-time Pro Bowl receiver in his 10-year career and was 1st Team All-Pro in 1997 when he led the league in receiving with 1,584 yards on 97 catches and eight touchdowns.

I anticipate his transition to this staff will be seamless having worked with Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett in the past.

 

3 – Hi Chris,
Thanks for your continued hard work into the offseason. My Question is in regards to this upcoming draft. Buddy Nix always had the take the “best player on the board” Mentality. Do you see anything changing now with Whaley, and maybe start drafting more with the mentality of positional need??

I think the Bills are a lot closer to being a legit playoff team and its only a few “holes” that need to be addressed, And not just take a player just because they are a good football player.

Thanks, Tim in St.Catharines Ont.

CB: I don’t think GM Doug Whaley would debate that they still have a few positions in need of a upgrade. The difference now compared to a few years ago is they don’t have a dire need to plug a hole at almost any position.

Could they use a top flight size WR, a game breaking TE or a young offensive tackle? Absolutely, but they won’t be in deep trouble if they don’t. And with that in mind I think now more than ever they can truly go for the best player on the board.

I think if they’re in a situation where player grades between the top two or three players on the board is negligible they’ll address what they feel is a position of need, but beyond that Whaley seems to believe now more than ever they can go best player on the board regardless of position.

 

4 – Hi Chris,
Thanks for all your info you translate to us fans! My question is, why did we not see what Moeaki or really what Gragg had to offer this season near the end?  Why do teams sign players and never play them? It’s not as though Moeaki was a practice squad player. I really thought the Bills would have liked to see him get on the field and show what he can bring! Your thoughts??
Eileen in Niagara Ont.

CB: I think the offensive staff did want to make more game day use of the two tight ends, but game situations and circumstances compromised those plans. I can say that both players will be in the fold all offseason, which should afford the coaching staff more than enough time to gauge where both should appear on the depth chart as well as the roles they might play.

Also remember that even though the fans didn’t see much of them, the staff saw Gragg every day in practice for all of 2013 and got a month-long look at Moeaki in the practice setting to make some judgments on him. So while the book on those two for fans might be short, it’s not for the coaches. They’ll have a plan for both of them.

 

5 – Hey Chris,

A quick question about Stephon Gilmore. I’ve wondered why he has been so inconsistent and the game against the Steelers indicated to me some of his problems. In a game against a smaller receiver like Antonio Brown, Gilmore seemed overwhelmed and slow. I think his problem is that he plays like a smaller player when he should be using his size as an advantage over smaller receivers by jamming them at the line. Why doesn’t Gilmore play more like Revis? The talent, in my opinion is there, but I feel Gilmore is being used incorrectly.

Thanks,
Tommy in Pittsford


CB:
I think you’re missing the obvious here. Gilmore’s broken wrist, which required surgery prevented him from using the greatest strength of his game. His ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and steer and muscle them around is 75-80 percent of his game. The guy played with one arm and one hand for essentially 10 games last season. He had pins in his wrist.

Essentially he had to play cornerback completely different than he had ever done before, which is why in your words he played like a smaller corner than he looked. When he finally was fully healed you began to see the Gilmore everyone expected. Unfortunately the injury made 2013 somewhat of a lost year for him.

 


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Moore’s roots similar to Marrone’s

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2014 – 10:26 am

Bills new WRs coach Rob Moore does not possess the coaching experience that head coach Doug Marrone has under his belt, but some of his football roots are similar.

Moore, like Marrone is from downstate. A Long Island native from Hempstead, Moore, like Marrone, played his college ball at Syracuse.

One of the Orange’s most prolific receivers of all time, Moore was a first-round supplemental draft choice of the Jets in 1990 and enjoyed a 12-year playing career with New York and Arizona. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Moore got into coaching soon after his career concluded.

He even worked on Marrone’s staff for three seasons at their alma mater, and he now rejoins him on Buffalo’s staff.


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