The Browns acquired John Moffitt yesterday for Brian Sanford to help shore up their offensive line. This was certainly a good idea considering the injuries sustained to Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao recently. So the Browns acquired a lineman entering his third season with 17 career games played and 15 starts to his name. Most importantly though, what can he bring to the Browns right now?
I took a look at ProFootballFocus for a little more info and first thing I notice is that he’s seemingly much better at right guard than at left guard. In 2012 as a right guard, Moffitt’s overall rating for the season was -0.50 and his rating at left guard was -5.8. Moffitt had bad games against the Jets and Bears as a left guard, with the Bears being his worst performance of the season scoring a -4.5. Most of that negative rating comes from run blocking. So, we’ll have to see where the Browns line him up.
Another note – and take this with a grain of salt – but Moffitt’s worst game as a pro came against the Bengals. He was a rookie in 2011 going against the Bengals in week eight as a starter. He scored a -10.5 for the game including -6.9 for pass blocking and -3.4 for run blocking.
Then again, this was a game that Charlie Whitehurst started at quarterback and went so badly that Marshawn Lynch was screaming at his coaches on the sidelines. I glanced at some of the game film and saw that Moffitt was frequently tortured by Peko, Sims and Geno Atkins. Sometimes advanced stats say something about a player’s performance and other times it can miss some important factors in a game. In this case, Moffitt had a rough game as a rookie when everything else was pretty much going wrong around him as well.
Not to say that moving from Seattle to Cleveland is a step up for John Moffitt, but you have to think playing in between Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz isn’t such a bad fate for a guard. But that’s all just the football stuff.
Moffitt is a known character with personality to spare. He has weird pictures all over the Internet including one of him dressed as a Hooter’s waitress. Also, he missed some OTAs for a court appearance in 2012. It appears that Moffitt enjoys drinking in bars at malls and might even have a penchant for urinating in parking lots. If he doesn’t work out on the field, he’ll feel right at home in the Muni Lot, I’m sure.