Lance Moore “Lucky” To Swap Franchise QBs

New Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore is moving from one Super Bowl-winning quarterback to another, after spending his career up to this point with the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees.

No doubt that was a major draw for him as a free agent after the Saints released him, to be able to move to a team with a quarterback of a similar caliber. But that doesn’t mean it won’t take adjustments to get on the same page.

Moore was one of several players who spoke to the media during the opening of Phase One of the offseason program, and he was asked about the difference between working with Brees, a short, more timing-based passer, versus Ben Roethlisberger, a very big quarterback with a bigger arm who likes to ad lib more often.

They’re different style quarterbacks. I would say Ben’s got a little bit stronger arm, maybe a lot stronger arm. Just from a couple of days throwing with him here, that’s something that kind of jumps out at me. If you’re kind of, I call it lazy with your eyes, that ball will zoom right past you.

That’s something I’ll have to adjust to. I feel like the quarterback should never have to really adjust to the receiver. The receiver should make those adjustments and make things right with the quarterback, because he’s the one pulling the trigger. And if they’re waiting on you, it’s going to make it tough to get things done.

I’ve been around long enough. I’ve played with, at least in practice, a bunch of different quarterbacks who have different styles. The more we work together, the smoother that will be.

The transition should be smooth when it comes to catching passes from Bruce Gradkowski, the team’s backup quarterback. Gradkowski and Moore were teammates in college, and in fact the former helped recruit Moore to join the Steelers once the news came out that he was released by the Saints.

But he’s not completely unfamiliar with Roethlisberger, either. Though they’ve never shared the same huddle before, the two did face off in college, where Moore said that he was the same player he is now, making “some of those crazy throws that a lot of quarterbacks aren’t even thinking about making”.

Still, having been on the opposite sideline from Roethlisberger for a game in college doesn’t help establish a catching rhythm, so there’s still plenty of work ahead of the pair in order to get comfortable with one another.

For Moore, there’s no “set time frame” for that to happen. “The more work you put in, the easier it will get. Hopefully, we’ll get that sooner rather than later”.

But going from one Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback to another certainly helps, even if they have a different style. “I definitely count my blessings every day”, he said about the opportunity to go from Brees to Roethlisberger after his release.

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  • Matt Manzo

    I’m tired of Ben being compared to these guys! Last time I looked Brady and Eli are the only ones with 2 rings, right?!!!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Yes, but as a pocket passer with more consistent stats, Brees is definitely elite. Rings matter, but they aren’t everything. Ben has been much better with his consistency and stats of late, but Brees (for a long time) was holding the record for most passing yards in a single season. His TD passes per season are also consistently higher than Ben’s.

  • steelster

    Like what he says about receiver’s having to adjust to the qb and how hard big ben throws the ball. I think something to think about in this draft when looking for a wr is how hard ben throws the ball. The steelers need a rookie wr with good hands to catch those hard throws and not a wr with question marks about his hands.

  • Steve

    If Moore think Ben throws a bullets he should have been here a few years ago when Leftwich was with the Steelers. That dude had a cannon for an arm and a full wind-up every throw.

  • PA2AK

    Not sure what point you’re getting at…I’d certainly say Ben is an ‘elite’ QB. When it comes to putting an offense on his back and making it happen when it counts, and when others can’t…Ben’s about as good as it gets. Stats matter, but they aren’t everything. How Santonio Holmes got the MVP that SB instead of Ben boggles my mind every time. That OL was miserable and Ben was near perfect when he had to be. Holmes even butter fingered the first TD pass that was thrown there in the endzone. Thankfully Ben put it on the money a second time in the same redzone opportunity. The ‘Elite QB’…a never ending argument.

  • Darryl Battle

    In some ways I would agree about what makes an elite QB, but from my 40+ years watching football, I feel winning with whom ever is on your roster makes a great QB. Ben has never really had elite talent to work with. Hines Ward and Heath Miller are great teammates and I am one of their biggest fans, but the media seems to forget, Ben went 14-0 his ROOKIE season. What QB can make that boast. The youngest QB to win a SB and possibly the youngest to win two within the time frame he has done it. Peyton Manning has had Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Edgerrin James come through as teammates.. I’m not knocking how great Manning is but the talent was much better around him during his career. Even Drew Brees has had some elite talent with him from San Diego to New Orleans. The only other elite QB that I will give credit to, as much as it hurts to do this because I will be glad when he retires is (mumble in low voice….lol) Tom Brady. He won his first SB with marginal players, with Troy Brown going both ways. So for those within the media, please start looking at the entire body of work from Rookie to current and the talent around them before you begin deciding which QB’s are the best in the game. I could go on, but I think I need to put my homer feelings down and get off my soap box about Ben.

  • Darryl Battle

    I completely agree with you. Besides, early in Ben’s career, he has had more come from behind wins from 2004 – 2009 than any other QB in the league. Also remember how many QB’s can boast that they beat 2 of the strongest and undefeated teams at the time of their rookie career? Back to back wins too might I add.

  • Matty

    Amen Brother , Preach!