Arthur Moats was drafted as a converted defensive end from that Pro Football bastion of power, James Madison University and quickly shunned to obscurity as an inside linebacker. Ok, I like Chan Gailey, but not all his ideas are good ones. Moats made the team and sat on the bench till the obligatory rash of injuries jettisoned him to the starting lineup. During the game, with Favre getting flushed out of the pocket, Moats came from behind him and hit him with a sack. Favre sprained a muscle in his right shoulder and came out. After that, his consecutive game streak ended his career mercifully came to an end. If it comes out that Jonathan Vilma called Arthur Moats about a bounty, then so be it.
To say that Moats became an overnight sensation on SportsCenter and in the hearts of every single person who had grown sick of Favre’s constant limelight is a gross understatement. From a holistic view of the NFL, one might argue that Moats had the biggest impact of any 2010 Bills rookie.
It is likely that that is all Arthur Moats will be remembered for, the Hit that took out Favre. If that is all he ever accomplishes, I’m glad he did it in red, white and blue. But is that all Moats has to offer Buffalo? Am I the only one who looks at the number and wonders why guys like Kirk Morrison and Spencer Johnson are getting playing time and he isn’t? Are we waiting for Shawne Merriman’s leg to come off completely before Moats can start? For a guy with more sacks and fumbles caused than career starts you have to wonder what the problem is. There is certainly precedent for those numbers, but not generally from a backup. Isn’t the goal of a football team, to fill your starting lineup with impact players?
Next time you hear rumblings of needing another linebacker to join Barnett and Kelvin Sheppard, why Luke Keuchly is worth the number ten pick in this years draft (hey, he might be regardless), or why Buffalo has to shore up the starting linbacking corps, and each time we are forced to watch Dwan Edwards try and bring down running backs in the open field, ask yourself where Arthur Moats is. It’ll be worth it just to see CBS replay The Hit.
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