Steeler Nation Needs To Relax Over Lance Moore Signing

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For those who say that at least Cotchery or any other free agent out there had better hands:

Well let’s take a look at that shall we?  The following chart is a breakdown of some of the most dependable receivers in the league.


In his career, Lance Moore has been targeted 517 times and caught 346 of those passes.  That’s an efficiency of almost 63%.  That’s better than former teammate Marques Colston.  I’d say that’s pretty darn reliable.  Let’s move along.


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  • Steelerologist

    I like the Moore signing, but not as a *replacement* of Cotchery, per se. I think a healthy Heath Miller will more than fill the shape of the hole left by Cotchery. What I hope doesn’t happen is Moore’s signing meaning fewer reps for Markus Wheaton. If depth was the goal, fine, but I think Moore is more of a Sanders than a Cotchery. And I’m no Sanders fan after 2013. Just my two cents, but I’m still hoping for a big WR in the draft.

  • Dom DiTolla

    Moore had far superior ancillary weapons around him during the entirety of his career in New Orleans than he will/is expected to have around him in Pittsburgh. With the Saints, Moore had the likes of M. Colston, D. Henderson, J. Shockey, J. Graham, R. Meachem, D. Sproles, P. Thomas etc.. around him.

    All that’s in Pittsburgh at the moment that is a sure thing at wide receiver is AB. They are one injury to H. Miller away from being an utter dumpster fire at tight end and there is no back on the roster right now behind Bell.

    While I’m intrigued to see what Moore can do as a complimentary target, there’s really nothing for him to compliment in Pittsburgh’s passing game of the caliber he had around him with the Saints.

    I just hope that this move signifies that the FO added Moore as a secondary target and will dedicate themselves to adding offensive playmakers early in the upcoming draft process.

    • Craig

      Of course it means he’s a secondary target save for 3rd down situations. How can you or anyone suggest that it’s more than that? No way the FO makes that kind of dumb decision. They’ve made stinkers, but that’s really awful.

      • Dom DiTolla

        To be fair, some concern is warranted at the moment since they’ve made some pretty piss-poor decisions over the last few seasons (unwarranted extensions to Woodley & Colon, not using that money to lock Wallace up earlier, letting Lewis walk for the price he took in N.O., etc.).

        I just hope they don’t wait too long to add offensive playmakers through the draft. The cupboard is essentially bare for Big Ben, and I am sure that he can’t be happy. Miller and Bell, both non-WRs, are the only red zone threats in the receiving game on the roster.

  • OVP66223

    Yes, Moore had lots of other weapons around him to take off pressure, but he also had to timeshare and target share, thus severely reducing his stats. You can argue one side, but have to also argue the other with it. You can’t say he should have been better given the pressure the other skill players took (thus giving Moore light coverage), without noting all the targets that didn’t go Moore’s way and all the plays he was given off in order to place the RBs and TEs on the field.

    Had he been a more used weapon, he would have put up stats rivaling top 20 WR. Moore passed my eye test over and over again, making me wonder why, if he was the best WR the Saints had, why on earth did the Saints coaches not use him more? He was better than Colston, just that Colston played every down due to his size (too many dead head coaches that will play size over talent).

    Colston was solid, Moore was better, but Moore never got a full-time chance. Sad really.

    • Dom DiTolla

      If Moore was better and more instrumental than Colston to New Orleans’ success, then why was he released? I hardly think that Sean Payton is a “dead head coach” on the offensive side of the ball as you call him either. Last time I checked the Saints have been posting winning records and making the postseason at a far more consistent clip than Pittsburgh over the last few seasons.

      I sure hope the dullard in charge of Pittsburgh’s offense now can find ways to effectively use Moore. Sadly, Todd Haley is no Sean Payton, Doug Marrone or Pete Carmichael, Jr..

      • Craig

        Why did the Steelers sign Woodley to a huge contract? Why haven’t the re-signed Big Ben yet to an extension? Why didn’t they pony up the money to keep Faneca? Why did they let Aaron Smith ‘retire’? Teams and FO’s of those teams make weird and, in retrospect, stupid decisions. Letting Moore walk and not retaining him could have been due to numerous factors.

        “Last time I checked the Saints have been posting winning records and making the postseason at a far more consistent clip than Pittsburgh over the last few seasons” Exactly, and Moore was PART OF THAT SUCCESS. So why not bring him in. Go take a cold shower, Dom, and just wait to see what happens with this guy before you string him and the FO up on the cross before the season even starts. ;)

        • Dom DiTolla

          I’m not saying Moore won’t contribute as a secondary target. But the Steelers have nobody on their roster who is a capable #2 receiver right now on a receiver corps with a complete and total lack of size.

          Pardon me for asking questions or attempting to see how much of an upgrade the move is.

  • Kyle

    Regression toward the mean.
    Cotchery has played 10 years, and has scored 30 TDs. 10 of those TDs came last year. He had two (2) total TDs over the two years prior with the Steelers. Last year was an outlier, at a late age. He’s good for 40 catches, 600+ yards, and 3 TDs, says history.
    Now, I guess he was a “locker room” guy, and I’m sure he was, but that don’t pay the bills. And he doesn’t have a ring, so he was a Tier 2 locker room guy at best.
    I’m excited about Moore. I’d have been happy to keep Cotchery. Both of them are slot guys, not world beaters. Better to pay less for a younger player (who has a ring).