New Steelers LB Arthur Moats Says Picking Pittsburgh Was A “No-brainer”

By Josh Svetz

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been painted as an old, washed up, non-contender by many. However, the newest addition to the team does not think so: “I know they had an off year last year, but I definitely feel like we are headed in the right direction.”

Arthur Moats, the latest linebacker added to the Steelers appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, and talked about his feelings on being a Steeler

“It’s a great opportunity, they have a great legacy and I’m glad to be on board.”

He went on to say, “With the additions in free agency and guys coming back healthy this could be the year we win it all, I don’t see us having to take a step back or wait any longer.”

Moats expanded on his role in the championship puzzle of the Steelers.

“I think I can be effective at inside and outside linebacker,” Moats continued “I’ll definitely have a role on special teams and defense; I’m looking forward to both worlds”.

When asked what Moats was looking for in a team, he responded by saying, “I wanted the opportunity to start, play for a championship and have consistency with the head coach.”

“You want to go somewhere that you’re comfortable with the coaching staff and I’m comfortable with Tomlin and the rest of the staff.

Moats has a connection with head coach Mike Tomlin, as Tomlin grew up just a half hour from the town Moats was raised in, Portsmouth, VA, which Moats reflected on saying how it made the decision even easier.

Moats, the former Buffalo Bills linebacker and James Madison graduate certainly seems excited to be a Steeler. His positivity and charisma seems infectious, as he delighted the interviewers Zig Fracassi and Brad Hopkins.

His agreeability and understanding of his role on the team makes problems with him in the future seem unlikely.

He also has been productive as a rotational player totaling, 141 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Moats is only improving, as last season he had his best season as a pro so far totaling 54 tackles.

An obvious team player, this interview only reinforces the great things many have heard about Moats as he was the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner, an award given to NFL players who exhibit high generosity off the field.

Above all though, Moats seems to buy into the Steeler way and believes they can contend for a championship this year. Having the positivity he gave off when dealing with a team in a transition period is never a negative. He said all the right things in the interview, but overall, he’s a high character guy that should boost morale in the locker room, give back to the community and play well on the field.

His “no-brainer” decision should pay off well for the Steelers. His acquisition provides much needed depth to the linebacker positions. Ultimately, it’s a step in the right direction for Pittsburgh.

  • Brian Tollini

    I like this signing for 2 reasons. His versatility and his character on/off the field. You can never have enough of either trait.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Sounds like a “Team first” type of guy, the kind the Steelers need. The sooner we get more guys like this, the sooner the Steelers will get back to competing for championships. Great attitude.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I wish it was a 2-3 year deal. Not one. He is great depth.

  • Steelers12328882

    I don’t think it would be fair for either side to have the contract anything but what it is. Other then special teams it’s unknown exactly where he’s going to fit in. If he’s a good backup this year I’m sure he’ll be resigned for a decent price.


    Welcome, Josh.

  • steeltown

    Glad he’s on board. We always draft LB at some point in every draft, but Moats gives us some experience at a position that was lacking, when C.Carter is your main backup outside.. better depth is needed

  • DoctorNoah

    Love this pick, but I worry his effect might be diluted if we ask him to learn both the OLB and ILB positions. He could be a legitimate starter if we gave him a real role. Believe me, I like position flexibility, especially in a backup, but LB is mentally challenging.

    Dave, Alex, Josh, Matt, and co: where do you see him fitting in? Does he have a chance at a starting role at ILB, or is he the replacement for Chris Carter as first OLB off the bench?

  • chris ward

    Like the Moats signing, sounds like he’s a high character guy, should fit well in Pittsburgh.

  • dkoy85

    I like this a lot. He sounds like a great guy off the field and a great team player on the field.

    With his position flexibility you’d have to think he’s going to push both Jones and Williams which is another plus- and I’m sure he’ll be given every opportunity to. Very excited.

  • SteelersDepot

    backup. will be surprised if he starts. interested in seeing if they give him a lot of outside snaps in camp. two down player inside.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I really like him as an OLB. I don’t see the need of him playing as an inside linebacker. We probably will double-dip at LB positions, one OLB and one ILB (Andrew Jackson, hopefully).

  • Thank you, glad to be on board.

  • Two down player that will sub in at inside and outside linebacker. Doubtful starter, barring Jarvis Jones looking awful in camp or an injury to Jones, Worilds or Timmons. Luckily for Moats, he’s played outside and inside linebacker so he is experienced in both facets.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Moats should be a nice role player for us. He won’t make or break the effectiveness of our D, but he will help in small substitutions and on special teams.

    Personally, I think they may have made the choice that he will back up Williams in the base D and get some other reps as needed. By him being the primary backup to Williams he can be a 2 down player and still be the guy coming off the field when we go to a nickel or dime package leaving Jones, Worilds, and Timmons on the field for both sub packages. In nickel we go 3-3-5, in dime the NT comes out and we go 2-3-6. In both sub packages the ILB comes off first.

  • Rosco

    I like his desire to win!! We’ve had to many wannabe celebrities lately, its time to bring back winning athletes!!

  • dkoy85

    Almost seems like dime will be the way to go with 2014’s defense. Kick McLendon outside, pull Williams, work the rookie CB in a little, get Shark even more experience. If Jones progresses, that front 5 combo could be very good on 3rd and long and the secondary will be above average, if not very solid.

  • dkoy85

    Just need to stop the run on 1st and 2nd- That will be very important to our success this year on D.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Its not the run on second down that kills us its third and in most cases long that kills us with cbs giving up too much cushion for gains

  • alex

    seems to be our weakness, 2 down ILBs

  • dkoy85

    I severely dislike those damn cushions 😀 not all the time but when they’re off 10 yards on a 3rd and 7 they drive me crazy. All I was saying is they must improve the runs stopping on those 1st and 2nd downs to give us more 3rd and longs.

  • Steve

    Will you be writing more articles in the Steeler Depot? Good job!

  • Justin Barlow

    When you consider the financial investment and the intangibles he brings, this is really a home run for us. Production on special teams should be solid by all indications, and if we are in a jam at ILB or OLB, we have a guy that can come in and give us great production there as well…. There was a guy that played such a role for us in the mid 2000s… I believe his name was James Harrison….

  • As long as they will have me I’ll be here haha, and thank you.

  • MC

    Gotta say they picked up guys with the right attitude with Moats and Mitchell. Haven’t heard anything from Cam Thomas but i don’t think theres anything at all to be excited about that aquisition.
    Im glad to see them filling this team with positive minded and hungry players not just in free agency but also in the draft.

  • charles

    Hopefully, Moats has enough speed to get to the qb on a delayed blitz. After last two years, if lack of pressure isn’t the main focus of coach we will be destined for 500 ball again.

  • Steve

    Like they say “The more the merrier”. Welcome and keep us updated with the latest.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Good pick. I too wish it was two years not one. I get it why its one. Nevertheless, listening to Colbert, it sounds to me like Harrison is out. They will look to draft another LB and if they get a decent one Debo is out since he’s not doing special teams.

  • Emmanuel Merceoniu

    Whoaahh wow man he’s going to help our team big time, i hope so

  • Emmanuel Merceoniu

    Im saying this because i think he’s going to make our team competitive cause how great he is talking about the steelers n he didnt even play a snap for the Steelers yet

  • Emmanuel Merceoniu

    We have a good future ahead of us n i mean The Pittsburgh Steelers