We’ll get a pretty quick idea if the failed coverage by Rahim Moore in the Denver Broncos‘ divisional-round loss — or “Flacco to Jacoby” — will haunt the young free safety throughout his career. If his play is anything like it was during the entire 2012 season up until that one play, then he’ll be fine, having ranked 10th among all NFL safeties in Pro Football Focus’ 2012 grading.
Yet, this remains a major question among fans and media long after Moore addressed it this spring. In the intro text for the Kickin’ it with Kiz podcast hosted by Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla, it read: “Safety Rahim Moore botched a play that cost the Broncos dearly in the NFL playoffs … While I am reluctant to put faith in Moore, the fact he is only 23-years-old gives me hope the safety can grow as a player. ”
This podcast was released at the outset of training camp, and very well may have went on to dispel any ridiculous calls for Moore’s starting job. As noted in a recent Football Guys podcast, the only safety starting battle that truly feels up for grabs is at strong, while Moore has looked great in camp and is even picking off Peyton Manning.
Moore is completely locked in at free safety and I think there’s no reason to believe he’ll be haunted by the play unless we see a dramatic dropoff from him. Moore’s a professional and that mistake is in the past, and I am plenty ready to watch this storyline go away.