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Kareem Moore could play himself into starting role

Throughout the offseason program, free safety Kareem Moore impressed coaches with his coverage range and ability to make plays on deep balls.

Moore is off to a good start in training camp in his bid to become a starter in his third NFL season, and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett sees a lot to like in his performance. "He's athletic and he's big, he's 215 pounds," Haslett said. "He can run, he's a playmaker, I think he'll tackle. I've seen him tackle. I think he'll be a good guy in the back end and he'll give you some options."

Moore, who turns 26 on Friday, started one game in each of his first two seasons. He has been among the stars of training camp, displaying excellent coverage skills while working with the first-team defense.

If Moore retains his position atop the depth chart at free, he would be the only non-first-round pick in the first-team unit. The Redskins selected Moore in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2008 draft.

"I'm just trying to take advantage of every opportunity the coaches give me," Moore said. "I'm trying to make plays when they're there, but I just want to play the defense the way it's called, do my job and help my teammates as much as I can."

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
 
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well hello there

Posted by: farstriker | August 8, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"If Moore retains his position atop the depth chart at free, he would be the only non-first-round pick in the first-team unit. The Redskins selected Moore in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2008 draft."

first team secondary right? He's not the only non-first round pick on the starting D. Mcintosh, Fletcher

Posted by: paperwc | August 8, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

From PFT:
Russ Grimm moves back onto the A list
Posted by Mike Florio on August 8, 2010 12:16 AM ET
For most Hall of Famers, the enshrinement speech has no real impact on a player's legacy. Few completely blow their final moments in the sun (or, as the case may be, debacle it). Every once in a while, a failed broadcasting career becomes partially resurrected with a memorable performance. (See Michael Irvin and, possibly, Emmitt Smith.)

On Saturday night, Cardinals assistant coach Russ Grimm moved back to the A list for any and all head-coaching vacancies.

Largely forgotten since missing out on the Steelers' job three years in a haze of ambiguity and/or the Rooney Rule, Grimm used his speech as an open audition for his ability to communicate to a team, a fan base, and a media corps.

And he nailed it.

Confirming our belief in this regard is the fact that the transcript of Grimm's words, as prepared by the fine folks at ProFootballhof.com and distributed in the press box in Canton, contains no catch phrases, pearls of wisdom, or memorable passages. Great communicators communicate any content great; they can make you want to run through a wall without ever asking. It's a quality that oozes through the speaker's presence, demeanor, and delivery.

Grimm made his case on Saturday night. Surely, he's smart enough to know that it was his only chance to speak directly to an audience consisting of the entire football-watching world, including most if not all owners, team presidents, and/or General Managers.

And, again, he nailed it. He nailed it so well that we're prepared to predict that, if there's football in 2011, Grimm will be coaching one of the league's 32 teams.

Posted by: craig81 | August 8, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Great story. Now that the Fat Albert dilema is over, hopefully we can get more of these posts.

Specifically, how are (i) Terrence Austin (ii) Andre Carter, and (iii) Devin Thomas performing? Each of those players has a chance to make a huge impact for better or worse, and their performance will be a major storyline.

Posted by: MadeRED | August 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Rice--was good; seemed sincere and well thought out.

_____________________________________

His speech was the worst I have ever seen & he was unprepared. Worst speeches ever:

1. Jerry Rice
2. Troy Aikman

Posted by: tony325 | August 8, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Ain't no Sean Taylor

Posted by: waqarish | August 8, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Moore once again proves you don't take a safety with a "top" pick in the NFL draft.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 8, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Moore once again proves you don't take a safety with a "top" pick in the NFL draft.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 8, 2010 10:08 AM

LOL! You've already forgotten Sean Taylor?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 10:10 AM

Good point Sean Taylor was the best even though his thug life caught up with him.

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 8, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"Moore once again proves you don't take a safety with a "top" pick in the NFL draft."

It's not so much that you don't -- it's that you don't have to. Safety, like linebacker, is a deep position where really good athletes gravitate. In fact, a lot of safeties started out as smaller, fast LBs. You still get to hit people, and the coverage responsibilities aren't all that challenging.

So GMs think to themselves, I should spend that high first round choice on a position that's much harder to fill, like a QB or a LT or a stud pass rusher, and see who's left at safety later. Or I can go the other way and fill the safety slot with a one or two season rental like Darren Sharper or Brian Dawkins.

A player like Eric Berry or Earl Thomas has to be really exceptional to earn that first round spot.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Good point Sean Taylor was the best even though his thug life caught up with him."

Sean Taylor had a thug-life like your comment has some truth in it.

Taylor was killed during a late night robbery by some dumb-azzed kids who'd been invited to an earlier birthday party at his home.

Getcha facts straight, bro'.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MadeRED | August 8, 2010 9:38 AM

BEST POST OF THE DAY!!!

Posted by: rob_in_MD | August 8, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Moe you are arguing with bleep bleep....what's your second act? Punching yourself in the face?

Posted by: chrislarry | August 8, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

ST21 RIP!!! HAIL!!!

Posted by: rob_in_MD | August 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"Getcha facts straight, bro'.Posted by: MistaMoe"

Trolls aren't about facts.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Kareem Moore could play himself into starting role

So what does the 1st unit defense look like?:

Safeties: K Moore, L Landry

Corners: D Hall, C Rogers

Linebackers: B Orakpo, L Fletcher, R McIntosh, P Riley(?)

Defensive Line: A Haynesworth, M Kemoteau, A Carriker


Am I right about this?


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"Specifically, how are (i) Terrence Austin (ii) Andre Carter, and (iii) Devin Thomas performing?"


The only way we'll ever find out is if they all wear #92 jerseys during practice.

The WaPo sports writers seem to think that's the only number that matters, the Moore update notwithstanding.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I think you sub Lorenzo in for Riley on the first team. But I get the idea that there will essentially be 14 or 15 "starters" out there depending on the package of any given snap. I like this approach, makes for a fresher unit in the 4th quarter.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 8, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

That line up has three inside linebackers. Riley will not start - Lorenzo Alexander or Andre Carter will be the other starter.

Posted by: thinker11 | August 8, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I think you're right...except for Riley. Probably sub in Zo or Dre. That lineup seems pretty formidable, but I'm definitely going to be worried about injuries, not the most durable collection of guys.

Posted by: OffseasonChamps | August 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Trolls aren't about facts.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2010 10:56 AM

This isn't even a troll. It's Chia_Pet -- started out as a regular then turned to racial hatred, blogging as Risa_L, Rotfrau, ggreenbaum, mimiansari, plus a number of other handles. They haven't found a drug yet to manage his psychoses.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Am I right about this?


Posted by: MistaMoe

I think L alexander/carter are the first team olb opposite orakpo. First team gets people rotated in and out of it though, so nothing is written in stone.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"I think you sub Lorenzo in for Riley on the first team."


What's the difference between a rookie linebacker and a veteren converting to the position?

None if you ask me, but at least the rook's been there before.

Specifically, are the 'backers:

Outside: Orakpo, McIntosh

Inside: Alexander, Fletcher

Lo Alexander will have to be the second coming of L Kirkland (memba him with the stillers) to play inside linebacker effectively with his girth.

Lo will start, but I bet the rookie Riley will prove to be a keeper.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 11:13 AM

You also forgot some of my more clever incarnations on the second team as OffseasonChamps, thinker11, waqarish, farstriker, paperwc.

Posted by: monkeymayonnaise | August 8, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"Lo will start, but I bet the rookie Riley will prove to be a keeper."

Man, it would be nice to get a little more info on that guy. Did I miss something, or have you heard much about him?

Here's my understanding of the 'backer lineup:

Outside: Orakpo, Zo

Inside: Rocky, Fletcher

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"Am I right about this?"


Wide Receiver depth chart:

S Moss

(Fred Davis is our best second receiver and let's stop kidding ourselves)

J Galloway

R Williams

T Austin

D Thomas

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Kareem Moore could play himself into starting role

So what does the 1st unit defense look like?:

Safeties: K Moore, L Landry

Corners: D Hall, C Rogers

Linebackers: B Orakpo, L Fletcher, R McIntosh, P Riley(?)

Defensive Line: A Haynesworth, M Kemoteau, A Carriker


Am I right about this?


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I believe either Andre C. or Zo. Alexander are ahead of Riley. Otherwise...

Posted by: Club320 | August 8, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

romolongballs

"...it would be nice to get a little more info on that (P Riley) guy. Did I miss something, or have you heard much about him?"

Well, Riley is playing behind two vets learning a position he played well in college.

I caught the replays of a couple of LSU games from last year, and dude was making plays.

And so, he doesn't have to be great, just adequate to get playing time in a defense that'll use a lot of players.

And we are not that deep or young at the linebacker position to where a guy can get lost in a numbers game.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I believe either Andre C. or Zo. Alexander are ahead of Riley. Otherwise...

Posted by: Club320 | August 8, 2010 11:34 AM

DUDE! You are SO right on the money.

Posted by: rob_in_MD | August 8, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Hooray for Big Al from Chickamauga Chicago!! "Well, now, Thats really good news, I'm happy to say, Good-Good News Today!!"
That jingle from the Bob McAllister/Wonderama Show has been ringin' in my head all mornin'!! Used to watch that every Sunday before the NFL Today and the games, yep..

Posted by: frak | August 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The story about Grimm illustrates the one great truth of football: The offensive line must be the toughest sumbiches on the team. The other players must fear them. Thus, when an OLman says something to another player like, "Get your rear into camp and work it," he does (or "Run my play up White's a**."). The good OLs rule the field and the team. They're the ones who win games.

Posted by: MrChili | August 8, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What are you doing up so early frak?

Posted by: monkeymayonnaise | August 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I tell ya what...Boy did Grimm hit it out of the park last night. What a great speech! Very heart felt and he conveyed the Redskins family vibe and traditions well. It's nice to see that expressed so nicely.

Yes Rice was all time WR and Emmitt has all time leading yards but it was more calculated and speeches were just not as heart felt. Showed how their teams were talented but not a family.

Picking Bugel to introduce him...well PERFECT!

Posted by: leevi98 | August 8, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Well said MrChili!

Posted by: SportsWriter | August 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"This isn't even a troll. It's Chia_Pet -- started out as a regular then turned to racial hatred, blogging as Risa_L, Rotfrau, ggreenbaum, mimiansari, plus a number of other handles. They haven't found a drug yet to manage his psychoses.Posted by: beep-beep"

Thanks for the update.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

By the way, if anybody's interested in Internet abuse on a massive scale, check out what happened at Digg.com...

http://blogs.alternet.org/oleoleolson/2010/08/05/massive-censorship-of-digg-uncovered/

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If it's 14 frickin' authors can't get off their dead asses to write one late night post about a Redskin HOF induction then what the hell is this thing worth?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2010 1:34 AM

Not to get all technical on you, scamp, but don't they actually get ON their dead ass to write? Or, do you see this as a stand-up blog?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 8:03 AM |

I'm happy to see something other than a Haney post for a change. Keep 'em coming. I've been emailing the Mayor on a daily basis giving him sh!t for his crews amateur gossip posting habits. If everyone would do the same we might get some progress. This blogs content has really taken a dive since Cindy left. I was shocked that we didn't even get one post on Grimm's induction. Is it too much to ask that one of the plethora of authors could come up with a let night shout out to the head hog? I guess so.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Rob in md.....

Sick handle bro

I'm not really creative but glad u liked my idea

Bout us texting... uhh I'm not sure why we would or why you would want to....

Anywayss................

Moore stepping up is a positive for us, one less potential need

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2010 12:24 PM

Actually this is a much better guide.

http://www.blackironprison.com/index.php?title=Trolling

And beep-beep, my compadre and alter-ego... WHy so much hate and venom? I am shocked - SHOCKED! - that anyone would deliberately post under DOZENS - IF NOT HUNDREDS! - of false names.

SHOCKED!

Posted by: monkeymayonnaise | August 8, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, Riley is playing behind two vets learning a position he played well in college.

I caught the replays of a couple of LSU games from last year, and dude was making plays.

And so, he doesn't have to be great, just adequate to get playing time in a defense that'll use a lot of players.

And we are not that deep or young at the linebacker position to where a guy can get lost in a numbers game.

Posted by: MistaMoe

I think you're right here, but don't sleep on Blades--he's been a solid backup last few years. Carter will probably rotate heavily with Zo in passing downs more than Riley (not a single article on this rookie yet, wtf?). And where is Henson in this lineup? Is he just a permanent special teams player?

Posted by: pgugino | August 8, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Rice--was good; seemed sincere and well thought out.

Posted by: rickyroge | August 8, 2010 8:21 AM


I'm sorry, did we watch the same induction speech? Rice either JUST learned how to read after he found out he was Hall eligible or dude wrote his speech on the way to the stadium and rehearsed it a grand total of ZERO times. He was HORRENDOUS! I've heard dyslexic 3rd graders exhibit better reading skills that that dude did last night...

Co-sign on your Rickey Jackson take though...that dude was an embarrassment.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 8, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

HB Blades is a classic overacheiever. He was a great college LB but was deemed to short and too slow for the NFL.

He was a good pick for a 6th and is a core special teamer but @ 5'9 he would stuggle in a 3-4.

I'd like WaPo to do a thread about the LBs and hear about guys like Riley, Hensen, Gatewood, & Blades, as well as the starters.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I think you're right here, but don't sleep on Blades--he's been a solid backup last few years. Carter will probably rotate heavily with Zo in passing downs more than Riley (not a single article on this rookie yet, wtf?). And where is Henson in this lineup? Is he just a permanent special teams player?

Posted by: pgugino | August 8, 2010 12:39 PM

Riley doesn't have a chance and Blades/Henson/Carter will not be on the team next year so why are you wasting your time even thinking about them?

Posted by: SportsWriter | August 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Finally!!! redskins or using there brains. I like or safties becuase all of them are interchangeable. And not really high price players except for dirty 30.

Posted by: chinngy23 | August 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Is it too much to ask that one of the plethora of authors could come up with a let night shout out to the head hog? I guess so.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2010 12:33 PM

With you on this, scamp. I don't know who at the Washington Post thinks that these worthless tools are doing a good job with RI. The other sports blogs -- Wiz, Nats, Caps -- have good content, but this one is miles behind their competitors and even Redskins.com has more content. I don't understand how Reid can keep his job. Keim or that guy that the Times let go are much better football guys and writers. I wish Cork would go ahead and send in his resume.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Frak can we go today without any conspiracy theroys???

Please I'm asking nicely....

Today when I read the blog I don't wanna hear bout the fake moon landing, how cash isn't tangible or how jfk was shot by 5 people

Keep it sports today will ya, its almost the start of the season

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

He nailed it so well that we're prepared to predict that, if there's football in 2011, Grimm will be coaching one of the league's 32 teams.


Posted by: craig81 | August 8, 2010 9:22 AM


100% agree...that was the first thing I noticed about Grimm's speech last night. I wanted to run thru a wall for that guy and I'll be willing to bet that there are players that played for him in Washington, Pittsburgh, and Arizona that would do the same.

I don't think he's an Xs and Os genius like some, but I think he's a great communicator and motivator. He's demonstrated for years that he's a great leader. I think he's been around some of the best coaches (Gibbs, Bugel, LeBeau, Cowher) to know what makes a great HC and he'll be fine HC material for it. If he can delegate with good Xs and Os type coordinators, I think he can have great success as an NFL head coach.

Too bad it probably won't be here...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 8, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

HB Blades is a classic overacheiever. He was a great college LB but was deemed to short and too slow for the NFL.

He was a good pick for a 6th and is a core special teamer but @ 5'9 he would stuggle in a 3-4.

I'd like WaPo to do a thread about the LBs and hear about guys like Riley, Hensen, Gatewood, & Blades, as well as the starters.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 8, 2010 12:54 PM |

Well, I guess he's got the perfect mentor in LFB then.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

And beep-beep, my compadre and alter-ego... WHy so much hate and venom? I am shocked - SHOCKED! - that anyone would deliberately post under DOZENS - IF NOT HUNDREDS! - of false names.

SHOCKED!

Posted by: monkeymayonnaise | August 8, 2010 12:35 PM

My complaint is NOT about the multiple handles, but about the contents of the posts.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

beepo

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

fletch beeps

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 8, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Lo Alexander will have to be the second coming of L Kirkland (memba him with the stillers) to play inside linebacker effectively with his girth.

Lo will start, but I bet the rookie Riley will prove to be a keeper.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be something -- to finally get a starter out of a mid-round selection...

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 8, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope Moore keeps it up. I know Landry
turned out o be a bust!!! Gets beat on coverage, and then commits a 15 yard infraction. He needs to be second string..and see if that will motivate him.
Shanny doesn`t care where he was drafted.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Lo Alexander will have to be the second coming of L Kirkland (memba him with the stillers) to play inside linebacker effectively with his girth.

Lo will start, but I bet the rookie Riley will prove to be a keeper.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2010 11:22

I always thought that the inside lb's in a 3-4 defense were supposed to be big. Fletch is good but he isn't very big. Seems like Zo would be good there but they keep talking about him being outside. Go figure

Posted by: MaxnDC | August 9, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Moore once again proves you don't take a safety with a "top" pick in the NFL draft.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 8, 2010 10:08 AM
==================================

You could make this argument about any position on the field and have players to back you up, but if you have a need and a great player is available you draft him or someone else will.

Troy Polamalu was a first round pick (#16). So what is your definition of "top".

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 9, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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