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By Joe Buscaglia
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Moats to ILB Just Doesn't Make Sense

Following the press conference with Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey on Friday night, one little tidbit came out that really doesn't make too much sense.

The Buffalo Bills are apparently going to shift Arthur Moats to inside linebacker this season.

I'll be quick, but this doesn't make sense for a few reasons:

1) They already tried that
- At the beginning of the season last year, Moats was put at inside linebacker and struggled to make an impact or get playing time at all. It wasn't until about five or six weeks in to the season when they switched him to outside linebacker did he really come in to his own as a player. He put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and ended Brett Favre's career (maybe). He wasn't comfortable at ILB, and you could tell.

2) He was a defensive end in college
- Getting after the passer is what he does best. There's no doubt about that. Unless they're going to be switching up their blitz packages a bit more and getting after the quarterback from both inside and out.

3) Moats is a fan favorite
- Why even take the chance of stunting his growth as a player by switching his position for now the fourth time? The "Don't Cross the Moats" mantra has really, really taken off and gotten fans excited about his future. I'll admit, I was excited about his future as a pass rusher. I'm not doubting the guy because he's a good player. Will he be able to be effective in the middle? He's got a shot. I just don't understand why they have to try and change up a good thing from last year. As the title states, it just doesn't make sense.

Twitter: @JoeB_WGR


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