Mixed reviews on Cardinals' Brandon Moore
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
A few readers asked why the 49ers would release Brandon Moore, their leading tackler from 2006. Moore quickly signed with the Cardinals, a move former Raiders executive Mike Lombardi hailed in a passage for the National Football Post:
Brandon Moore, the former San Francisco 49er, is a good signing for the Arizona Cardinals. He has nice size and fits what they do defensively. They will bring every combination of linebackers blitzing. He had 6.5 sacks in 2006 for the 49ers. He is best when he can be the fifth rusher, not one of the four rushers. Some players are better when they can fit into the rush and use their size and power to create an advantage.
Moore is probably a better fit for the Cardinals because former 49ers assistant Billy Davis is now on the staff in Arizona. Moore was at his best when Davis was with San Francisco. Perhaps Davis can find ways to best utilize what Moore offers. The Scouts Inc. profile on Moore says, in part:
He is fluid enough and has enough foot quickness and agility to get the job done, but does not look real explosive or fast. He is inconsistent when it comes to hand use and does not shed or escape blocks as quick as you'd like. ... He gets enough depth in his drops, but does not show great route awareness and does not get a great jump on the ball. He has been a quality special teams player.
A veteran NFC scout also provided mixed reviews when I asked him about Moore: "He lacks quick twitch movement and speed. Limited against the run due to late reactions. Struggles to slip contact. A thumper as a tackler when he has the target in his path, but gets isolated in space." Moore helps the Cardinals' depth, in other words.