I wonder fellow Rumblers if the plan to move Moats to the inside has been the plan all along. I know that I was perplexed on the idea of moving him inside but he really is a "tweener" for that OLB role. He isn't your traditional 3-4 OLB because he's a little "small" - for comparisons sake - Merriman is 6-4 265 while Moats is 6-2 250.
We all know that the jump from College to the NFL is a tough one - a leap that most cannot make actually. It's doubly tough if you've been playing at a smaller college like James Madison like Arthur Moats has. You don't have the better coaches and you don't play against elite competition. I think this is why he started at OLB last year even though they planned on moving him inside at some point.
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Moats played DE out of James Madison and the closest position to his old position in the 3-4 is the OLB. The responsibilities are similar but you're lining up as a LB. Lining up at an OLB allowed him to feel more comfortable in his role as a LB. Playing on the inside of a 3-4 you have to sift through the garbage and recognize how the play is developing. As a DE in college what did he read? - the blocker straight ahead of him - as a 3-4 OLB he now is reading Guards, Tackles and even the QB. Waiting to shift him inside makes sense because playing outside is a blend of what he was doing from what he is going to be asked to do - a natural progression if you will.
When you move inside as a 3-4 ILB there is a lot more information to process and much more garbage to sift through - moving to the ILB from an OLB when you were a DE in college might make some sense.
So what do you think Rumblers? Was that the methodology that Chan, Buddy and Edwards had with Moats from the beginning?