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Shout-out to Dan Moore

Steeltime

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I posted a couple weeks ago that Dan Moore was not doing his job, not beating defenders to the spot, being driven into the backfield on pass blocking. Time to observe that he improved massively this past Sunday vs. the Broncos. Just two plays give us an example.

Watch here as Moore beats the defender to the spot and completely neutralizes him on a run up the middle. Moore's positioning and hand use drives #53 completely out of the play.

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Here, Moore - who is 6'5", 315 lbs. - blocks a LB'er in open space, using his very long reach to do the job. Rare to see an offensive lineman block this effectively one-on-one in open space like this:

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Moore's pass blocking was also improved as he set the edge very effectively. The one sack-fumble is not really on him as he drove the pass rusher well beyond Ben, who then rolled to his right rather than stepping up, giving the defender an avenue to get to him.

Kudos to Moore. Feel a lot better about the line after watching this game.
 

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SteelBuckeye

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Banner starts practicing. Possibly foretelling a switch at not only RT, but also moving Chuks back to LT (didn't say it was a good idea).
All of the sudden Chuks and Moore have their best games of the year. Coincidence? Maybe ... but, I think not. Funny how when the next guy is available to take your starting job, you focus a little more. Give that extra attention to detail and perform better.
 

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Moore needs to stay, continuity is built. You can't go switching this OL around like a checkers game. If Okafor is true the best option then so be it but Moore has been proving himself with each game by getting better and better.




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Steeltime

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Unless Chuks is much better at LT than Moore (which he definitely is NOT), then you leave Moore at LT. He has much better upside. Put Banner in at RT. Chuks can back them up.

Agreed. The Steelers have a potential anchor at LT with a 4th round pick. He has improved drastically in week 5 compared to weeks 3 & 4. He will get better and allow the team to man a very important and often expensive position well-below average cost.

Let Banner take over at RT. If he struggles, Chuks replaces him. Chuks gives the team the extra O-lineman for short yardage and the benefit of a backup experienced at both tackle positions.
 

stillwright

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Banner starts practicing. Possibly foretelling a switch at not only RT, but also moving Chuks back to LT (didn't say it was a good idea).
All of the sudden Chuks and Moore have their best games of the year. Coincidence? Maybe ... but, I think not. Funny how when the next guy is available to take your starting job, you focus a little more. Give that extra attention to detail and perform better.
I don't see Moore losing his spot.
 

SteelBuckeye

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I don't see Moore losing his spot.
Ahhh, I didn't say I though he would lose his spot. What I was trying to say was the internal (self) perception that Banner coming back might make his job security tenuous with subpar play seems to have motivated both he and Chuks to pick up the level of their play. And, that's a good thing.
 

SteelerFan448

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Banner starts practicing. Possibly foretelling a switch at not only RT, but also moving Chuks back to LT (didn't say it was a good idea).
All of the sudden Chuks and Moore have their best games of the year. Coincidence? Maybe ... but, I think not. Funny how when the next guy is available to take your starting job, you focus a little more. Give that extra attention to detail and perform better.
It was also the first time in a long time the Steelers felt like they actually committed to the ground game. I don't know what they did in the week leading up to the Broncos game, but it worked and it is what they should have done all offseason. It was beautiful to see Najee having open space to run.
 

slashsteel

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Banner starts practicing. Possibly foretelling a switch at not only RT, but also moving Chuks back to LT (didn't say it was a good idea).
All of the sudden Chuks and Moore have their best games of the year. Coincidence? Maybe ... but, I think not. Funny how when the next guy is available to take your starting job, you focus a little more. Give that extra attention to detail and perform better.
Well that and reps. Continuing reps with a talented player should normally bring improvement. Both Green and Moore have done that slowly improved their performances. I expect that to continue even if it is baby steps.
 

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You don't see a large sample size there obviously, but Zach Gentry is turning out to be an asset as a TE.


I think he is getting experience and showing improvement while doing so. The rest of the young guys are doing so as well.

I'd step out and say Ebron will NOT be invited back come spring.




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TDX27

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Gentry is playing well. He can block. He knows the offense. One play, I was watching him get everyone on his side of the line lined up properly. He can catch and he's a huge target at 6'-8". I see no reason they aren't using their tall guys in the redzone and throwing it up for them so only they have a chance at it. We have Gentry, Muuuth, Claypool, JuJu before he got hurt is 6'-1" I believe and even Ebron if he holds onto the ball. You need at least 2 of those guys on the field every time you're in the redzone. Then you have Diontae, Harris and JuJu (again before he got hurt) underneath. Our schemes and play calls have just been horrible. Hopefully, they will get better.
 

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Gentry is playing well. He can block. He knows the offense. One play, I was watching him get everyone on his side of the line lined up properly. He can catch and he's a huge target at 6'-8". I see no reason they aren't using their tall guys in the redzone and throwing it up for them so only they have a chance at it. We have Gentry, Muuuth, Claypool, JuJu before he got hurt is 6'-1" I believe and even Ebron if he holds onto the ball. You need at least 2 of those guys on the field every time you're in the redzone. Then you have Diontae, Harris and JuJu (again before he got hurt) underneath. Our schemes and play calls have just been horrible. Hopefully, they will get better.


Canada just showed he is capable to call a decent game and the entire team showed they are capable to a degree. We need to find consistency in that respect.




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TDX27

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Canada just showed he is capable to call a decent game and the entire team showed they are capable to a degree. We need to find consistency in that respect.




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True. And I liked the throw to Claypool for the TD. Ben threaded it between 2 defenders and put it up high so Claypool had the best chance to get it if the defenders got there in time. They need more of that in the redzone. Still haven't seen a corner shot to the back of the endzone. We definitely have the players to do it.
 

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True. And I liked the throw to Claypool for the TD. Ben threaded it between 2 defenders and put it up high so Claypool had the best chance to get it if the defenders got there in time. They need more of that in the redzone. Still haven't seen a corner shot to the back of the endzone. We definitely have the players to do it.


Totally agree and the back of the end zone corner should be a big play used a hell of a lot more. The high throw too. Frankly though, Ebron is a 50/50 deal where as all the other players mentioned are way better than that.



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Superman

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IMO, you let Banner be the man at RT
move Chuks to RG
Send Turner to the far end of the bench
 

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