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Richard Mann Doesn’t Seem To Have Much Faith In Lance Moore As A Run Blocker


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann doesn’t really beat around the bush when talking about his players and that was the certainly the case recently when he was asked to talk about newcomer Lance Moore, who the team signed during the offseason to help fill the void that was created when Jerricho Cotchery signed with the Carolina Panthers.

“What he can do, and from what I’ve seen so far, he can probably fill the void that we had after losing Jerricho Cotchery,” Mann said of Moore. “We have a couple of other guys we are looking at (in that role). We might have to jerry-rig a few things to get the blocking aspect of it, but as far as the passing game, I think we are going to be fine.”

It’s hard to know exactly what Mann means when he said they will have jerry-rig the blocking aspect of things when Moore is on the field, but you can certainly tell that he doesn’t have a lot of faith in blocking ability of the longtime member of the New Orleans Saints.

Last season with New Orleans, Moore played a total of 515 snaps and the Saints passed on 403 (78.3%) of those plays. In 2012, Moore played 623 total snaps and the offense passed on 503 (80.7%) of those plays. In other words, I wouldn’t look for the Steelers to run to Moore’s side very much whenever he is on the field for the Steelers in 2014.

The Steelers will likely want to use more 12 personnel groupings in 2014 now that tight ends Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth are fully healthy and when they do, I don’t expect we’ll see Moore on the field much in those situations. Hopefully second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton can handle the role of the second wide receiver in that grouping and especially when it comes to the run blocking aspect of it.

As far as “other guys” Mann is looking at to help fill Cotchery’s void, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Brown are the obvious candidates as both certainly can run block better than Moore can.

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  • steeltown

    Yep, that was the one knock I had on Moore when we signed him. I think he is a savvy WR with tons of production and experience but he is not known for his blocking ability.
    I agree, 12 personnel groupings will be used more often and I bet we’ll see Wheaton or even J.Brown s the 2nd WR in those situations

  • dkoy85

    I get the feeling JBrown will be the 4th WR out of camp until Bryant gets up to speed.

  • Big White

    Okay, so he’s talking about the screen game because Moore won’t be on the field in 2 WR sets. Even with an injury to Brown or Wheaton, he wouldn’t make the field in those sets.That’s going to be Bryant. I’m convinced the Steelers are chomping at the bit to use Bryant and will do so early and often. So all in all this is about Moore blocking on a WR Screen or a flare to a RB in a 3 or 4 WR set. In my opinion, this is no big deal.

  • Thomas Rancy

    Justin Brown inching to that Cotchery spot all right.

  • RMSteeler

    I’m guessing the same could be said about all Saints receivers during his time there. When a team throws 80% of the time, run blocking is hardly a priority. We’ll see how he adjusts, but Mann apparently doesn’t like what he’s seen so far. Hopefully that changes when they start wearing pads.

  • Steel PAul

    Reading between the lines the same way with regards to what Mann said about Wheaton, I don’t know if they currently believe he’s the front-runner for the #2 spot.

    Anyone else get that read?

  • Steel PAul

    We’re missing the Hines/Cotch blocking WR it seems. Haven’t had a chance to see anyone else on the squad be that kind of player.

  • DoctorNoah

    What about the off chance that Wheaton looks like the possession receiver in camp and Lance ends up behind DHB, JB and Moye! I don’t expect this at all, just throwing it out there. If Moore can’t block, he limits his flexibility. Not that Moye’s a blocker either…

  • cencalsteeler

    So, anytime Moore is in slot, we can assume a running play will never go his direction? Not good. Defenses/coaches will pick that up quite easily. Need to address that in camp, Lance.

  • srdan

    This is the Hines curse. Everyones blocking is measured based on Hines. Great for the team, bad for some players.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Everything I’ve read this offseason indicates that JBrown has taken a huge leap forward and has been really impressive. If true, I think he has the 4th WR spot locked up, with Bryant as the 5th. If we keep 6, it’s a battle between Moye and DHB IMO.

  • joed32

    Mann didn’t mention Wheaton at all. He just talked about Moore and the Cotchery role.

  • Steel PAul

    Click the link above in the second line of the article.

  • joed32

    I read about what he said concerning Wheaton and I didn’t get anything negative. Oh well, camp opens in 2 weeks and well begin to get some idea of what everyone can do. I think he’s a lock to open as the number 2.

  • Steel PAul

    Yeah that’s why I said reading between the lines some. Anyway, like you say, we’ll start seeing soon enough!

  • http://www.facebook.com/STEELMANIAC STEEL MANIAC

    He ain’t no Hines Ward, but then again, who is?

  • charles

    Have been thinking about all the coaching changes this past year. Mann’s hiring the previous year, initially, did not impress. Yet he probably was instrumental in coaching AB up to get him to ProBowl level, he got more out of Cotch than any coach previously and it got Cotch a big free agency contract, and you have to believe he was instrumental in the FA acquisitions Moore and DHB. It will be interesting to see if and how they contribute. Finally late draft choices last year of Moye and Brown are showing to be very solid selections. I am gaining more respect for coach Mann the more I think about it….

  • charles

    Could not agree more. Recievers should be good recievers first and foremost. Heck a good reciever makes a good decoy and you can take your man out of the play that way just like you can by blocking. That reasoning would not apply to TE Paulson whose blocking is a clear liability and i would be surprised if he were a part of the 53.

  • Steelers@2010

    Thus far, Football in Shorts. However, I’m quite curious to see this guy and how he does in a couple of weeks as well. I was really pulling for him last year. Sometimes I think the Steelers intentionally not play some players in the preseason, they already have it set in their mind to place them on the practice squad and allow them to grow for a year. If you recall last year, the kid rarely even got a chance in the preseason. I really like this WR Group; they are young, fast and quite quick as well. I think the Steelers will keeep at a minimum of 5 WR’s. Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Justin Brown, Martavis Bryant and either Moore or D. Heyward Bey.

  • joed32

    Right, he has to be going on film from when he was a Saint because there was no contact in OTA sessions from which to judge.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Moore hasn’t been asked to block since his career started so we cannot expect he would be good at it. It makes for interesting football. If he is on the field will it being only for passing situations and u have someone else in the slot for 1st and 2nd.

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