Picking Up A New Defense Shouldn’t Be A Chore For New Steelers LB Arthur Moats

If you’ve already heard new Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats talk, you know by now that he’s a very intelligent player. Moats’ intelligence is currently being put the test with him having to learn the complex defense of coordinator Dick LeBeau.

With Moats already having played for three defensive coordinators in his first four years in the league, he doesn’t see having to pick up yet another defense as an issue.

“I feel like my situation in Buffalo helped me out a lot,” said Moats in a recent interview with Teresa Varley of steelers.com. “I was constantly learning something new, so it definitely helps with the adjustment. I just have to get the terminology down here.”

With Moats, he’s not only having to pick up a new defense, he’s also being asked to learn it inside and out as he’ll be expected to play outside and inside linebacker in a pinch with the Steelers as a backup.

During his time with the Bills, Moats mostly played inside in a 4-3 defense after playing defensive end in college. With so much to learn, it appears as though he’s getting the necessary help not only from the Steelers coaching staff, but other players in addition.

“You can’t come out here halfway studying the defense and expect to come out here and perform at your best,” said Moats. “With the veterans here they are communicating well and they are making the process a lot smoother for me.”

In four seasons with the Bills, Moats registered 141 total tackles in 59 games played. In addition to being a swing backup linebacker for the Steelers, he’ll also be expected to be one of the top special teams players on the roster as well. Last season with the Bills, Moats played 34.6% of all special teams snaps.

The Steelers are back on the field on Tuesday as the second set of OTA practices are taking place this week.

  • srdan

    How quickly we forget things. I remember when the steelers were flirting with that OLB from Buffalo that they did not sign everyone thougth this team was doomed. hehehehe

    Post draft, most feel differently.

  • steeltown

    I think he was a DE, Alex Carrington… with Tuitt now on roster I don’t even think about him anymore.

  • John C

    I am excited about Moats being on the squad. I think he will be a great backup for us….great character and quality guy

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Moats is a big wild card for me. He’s the one guy on the roster, short of Chris Carter having his light bulb moment, that seems like he could play ROLB well enough to go into the season with the current cast of OLB’s.


    First time I’ve seen anyone mention Carter and a light bulb moment. Wouldn’t that be lovely? The coaches must see something in him.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    He has played special teams really well so he’s had enough value to keep. I think we can count on the very best he has to offer this spring from an effort and a knowledge standpoint so it’s actually a very exciting time for him. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get extended in the near future. Especially if he’s smart enough to pay off an opposing lineman during spring training so he can get a couple of sacks. 🙂

    I’m rooting for him to take a step. The bar isn’t especially high for OLB snaps.


    Hopefully he does, and if that happens…….. the natives will sing folk songs about your prescience!

  • cencalsteeler

    I tend to agree with you. I know there are a lot of Carter haters out there, but like you state, he’s a good special teamer. He doesn’t have starter quality skills, but he does have the smarts to be a quality back up and contribute on special teams. Not sure, but I don’t recall him ever riding the injury bus to cash his checks either. Not starter material by any means, but a dependable back up, yes.

  • steeltown

    He missed significant time in 2011 (hamstring) which also resurfaced in 2012 and was ultimately placed on IR in Nov 2012 (abdomen)

  • Steelers12328882

    I dunno, it would still be nice to have Carrington, Cam Thomas and Tuitt as newcomers, especially if Keisel isn’t resigned, but Tuitt falling to the 2nd rd definitely saved our butt.

  • dgh57

    I think it was the Green Bay game that Carter was replaced by Sly after being ineffective is when things really turned south in my view of Carter. Sly recorded a sack that was overturned by a penalty which made my view of Carter even worse. So no I don’t even see Carter as even a reliable backup and why I want Moats, Zumwalt, or even H. Jones to step up and perform.

  • cencalsteeler

    Yep, I do remember that, you are correct. Still feel he’s the dog that everyone seems to like to kick. He’s a serviceable second/third tier back up, imo. Second and third string players are usually the ones who are scrutinized the most, and understandably so.

  • cencalsteeler

    Valid points.

  • Smokin_Smiley

    keisel will return

  • MP34

    From what I’ve read about Moats, it seems he has trouble in pass coverage. I never quite understand that when the player is also regarded as “very intelligent”. Wouldn’t intelligent players mask any physical shortcomings with good reads and positioning, and you’d think “above average”? Just throwing it out there. Maybe I’m overlooking something?

  • dgh57

    Carter is the Curtis Brown of the LBer group and should never see the field. I wish it was that easy as lack of depth at the OLB spot negates that from happening. About the best we can hope for is that he’s not the first guy up should a injury occur. Third stringer I can lower my expectation for but you have to have confidence in the next guy up or he needs to be replaced on the roster or demoted.

  • steeltown

    I almost hope that he is unseated by H.Jones or Zumwalt, but its not likely. He undoubtedly knows the Defense like the back of his hand. The young guys will REALLY have to show something to beat him out