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Moore has interception but misses two big tackles

Kareem Moore, who won Washington's starting free safety job with a solid training camp, made his regular-season debut in Sunday's 30-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams - and was disappointed in the results.

Moore, who missed the season's first two games with a knee sprain suffered in a preseason game against Baltimore, started on Sunday, replacing Reed Doughty. He made a nice interception of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the first quarter, a play that prevented Washington - already down 14-0 - from falling in a deeper hole. He was also credited with six tackles, five of them unassisted.

"I felt good physically getting back out there," Moore said. "I got to shake some of the rust off."

The rust Moore spoke of were two missed tackles - one on Steven Jackson's 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that went for St. Louis's first score, the other on Kenneth Darby's 12-yard scoring run in the third quarter that gave the Rams the lead for good.

"I missed those two big tackles, man," Moore said quietly. "I can't miss tackles. If I miss tackles, it's a touchdown."

The start Sunday was the third of Moore's career. He had one each in 2008 and '09.

By Barry Svrluga  | September 26, 2010; 10:15 PM ET
Categories:  Kareem Moore  
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The defense rests!

Will the defense please rise??

Posted by: iubiquity | September 26, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Ownership of mistakes is lost on a guy like Dhall.

Moore should teach him humility, Doughty should teach them both how to tackle, and they should teach CR22 how to catch.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 26, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm done ranting for tonight. We're going to be 1-6 when we face the Lions, and who knows if we'll win that game.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 26, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Just got off the phone with Maynard James Keenan and he said the Redskins are "in desperate need of a real good stinkfisting."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 26, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Moore will be fine. His pick was a great play that really allowed the Skins to even be in the game.

Doughty or Landry probably drop that one.

McIntosh got blown up on the Jackson TD run. It was blocked up front quite well. Sure Moore misses a tackle but I'll cut him a little slack since he hasn't played in over a month.

Posted by: elfreako | September 26, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Heyer sucks both my left and right testicle.

Oh, and this vaunted Jim Haslett defense sucks my taint.

Oh, and when you're counting on Kareem Moore for anything, you know your team is in trouble.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 26, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

When you are asking your free safety to make TD saving tackles, you know that the real problems lie with the guys in front.

In an ideal world, we'd still have ST21.

When you have to take the lesser of 2 evils,
I'll take the FS that can make plays in coverage.

Posted by: p1funk | September 26, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I always liked Santana Moss. But I have a new appreciation for him based on three games this season. Opposing defenses know that he's our only viable wide receiver (and he is) and yet he can still put up 100 yard games.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 26, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Powers, FTW..

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 26, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks deez. I would have missed it.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 26, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Where are those who believed the return of K. Moore would solve all of our problems on defense? He's never proven himself throughout a season. He's, at best, an average safety. Ironically, Doughty made one of the few good plays and that was on special teams when he forced the fumble of the kickoff and we recovered it. And where was Mr. Big Mouth D. Hall who was so quick to throw his teammates under the bus last week? I'd love for him to face the microphones and explain his PATHETIC play this week. Last week, he talked as if he were the second coming of Darrell Green. Instead, he showed himself up for what he has always been - a loud mouth who cannot back up his "talk" with good play on the field. This has been his MO on every team that he's played on.

Posted by: teresae878 | September 26, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Watching Kareem Moore tackle, made me realize Reed Doughty is not the only issue, in the middle of our defense, folks.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 26, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

RedskinsRay1 - In terms of tackling, Doughty has never been the issue for the Skins. He is one of the better tacklers they have. Moore's tackling today was pathetic. His apologists will say he was "rusty". Sorry, but if you're starting for an NFL team and have any capabilities at all, you simply cannot miss those critical tackles. No excuses are acceptable. And D. Hall was the most pathetic defender out there today. Ironic, given his boastful comments earlier this week. He has always been a loud mouth, with little ability to back up his trash talk on the field.

Posted by: teresae878 | September 26, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Powers could definitely fix this mess.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 26, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and this vaunted Jim Haslett defense sucks my taint.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop |

You are flat out crazy. NOBODy ever called Haslet's defense "vaunted"

Posted by: TheCork | September 26, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

We should have begged Gregggg Wiliams to come backk.

Our D is not good. Haslett's a good interview, but he seems fine with a crap Defense and a paycheck.

And Shanny Boy, Jr, best figure out that if you can hand the ball off and get 10 yards a carry, you just go ahead and keep on doing it. Nobody said you have to prove how smart you are in the process.

Kareem Moore? Told you. He looks like some guy off the street trying to fill Sean Taylor's shoes. Just some guy who used to play a little ball back in college. Not optimistic there.

So, at least we know we suck.

Look on the bright side, Redskin fans... At least Jason Campbell finally got benched. Not that he was ever our main problem anyway.

Raiders lost to Arizona by a point anyway.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 27, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse


you forgot about Ryan Torain's whiffs on blocks. He probably sucks some aspect of your physical person as well.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 27, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Here are some of the problems:
4th and inches you take out Haynesworth who was moving the Rams O line at will.

You blitz the QB of the Rams but you pull your corners and safeties back!
You stop running when your best back was averaging6.3 yards!
Play DT11 he cannot be worse then the others!

Posted by: theturfman | September 27, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Kareem Moore is not the only player on Redskin roster who missed a ton of tackles. Almost every 1st down started with a 7 or 8 yard running down in the Ram game and in the Houston game. You cannot win in NFL if you give up 7 to 8 yards on 1st down. If they cannot stop this, we may lose more than 12 games this year.

We need to keep drafting blockers and tacklers, right now we only have Orakpo and Trent Williams.

Posted by: sruppert | September 27, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

doughty is nothing more than a special teams player he who is slower than molasses. moore who is fast will make more plays and take-aways he is younger with more talent.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

doughty should be the starting free safety. moore looked horrid missing that huge tackle on stephen jackson.

Posted by: BMACattack | September 27, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna go ahead and give Moore a pass on this game as far as the tackling is concerned. I haven't paid enough attention to him to know if this is the rule, or the exception. If I see this crap next game then we have the exact opposite of Doughty, someone who has the athletic ability and speed to cover and catch interceptions, as opposed to Doughty who is a sound tackler and horrible in pass coverage.

Shanny and son were outcoached yesterday, the strategy, calls, game plan, and personell decisons in yesterday's game were crap. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jim Zorn and co. may well have still been on the sidelines.

Posted by: 72Redskins | September 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The problem is Kyle and Haslet. Look at each game so far. The 2nd half, the opponent comes out and owns us on both sides of the ball. Against the Rams, we score 3 points and they score 16 points in the 2nd half. Against Houston, they score 23 points and we score 7 points in the 2nd half and against the Cowboys,they score 7 points and we score 3. Thank God for that holding or it would have been 14 points to our 3.

The other teams make adjustments and we make, I don't know what we make, but it sure isn't adjustments. Play calling on the both sides of the ball in the 2nd half has been disappointing to say the least. Kyle just loves to the throw the ball to RBs. He loves to get Moss involved in the 1st half and then leave him be in the 2nd half. You can sustain drives when all you do is throw the ball. It's gonna be a long, long season

Posted by: themightyzep2000 | September 28, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

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