Detroit made football fun again for Lance Moore

Posted Jan 14, 2016

Wide receiver Lance Moore's 2015 season with the Lions made football fun again, and he'd like to be back in Detroit next year.

Lance Moore admittedly lost his passion for football in 2014 in Pittsburgh.

After spending his first eight seasons in New Orleans – where he won a Super Bowl in 2009 and enjoyed lots of statistical success – Moore was released in a cap savings move following the 2013 season. He signed on with Pittsburgh for the 2014 season.

He was never a good fit with the Steelers and caught just 14 passes for 198 yards with two touchdowns. It got so bad in Steeler Nation that Moore was a healthy inactive at the end of the year.

He signed with Detroit this offseason in what he expected to be his final season in the league.

But Moore had a rejuvenation of sorts in Detroit playing a role in the slot and catching 29 passes for 337 yards with four touchdowns in 14 games. He missed two games due to an ankle injury.

“I tweeted (after the season ended last Sunday) thanking the fans of Detroit and the Lions organization for making football fun again for me,” Moore said. “Last year (2014) was a tough year for me and it became a lot more like work.

“Coming in here this season with a fresh start and another opportunity – in my mind I’m a receiver and I’ve got a little bit of diva in me, I want the ball and I want to score touchdowns and stuff like that – but just making football fun again was important to me and it’s refreshed my mind."

This season made Moore want to continue his career into an 11th year, whereas coming into the year he said he had thoughts of hanging it up after the 2015 season.

Moore would like that to be in Detroit, but he’s a free agent. New GM Bob Quinn will have to make the determination as to wheteher Moore fits in his roster plan or not.

Also, what will be the status of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter moving forward? Moore thinks very highly of Cooter and head coach Jim Caldwell, but admitted he was resistant to change initially when Cooter took over for Joe Lombardi midseason.

Lombardi came to Detroit in 2014 and brought the Saints offense with him, an offense Moore excelled in with New Orleans.

“I had came from the New Orleans offense, so I wanted it to stay the same,” he said. “Maybe if we just had someone different calling the plays it would work out?”

But Moore said he understood that Cooter wanted to implement his offense and jumped on board with Cooter installing on the fly.

“Guys could have put their heads down and been angry about it,” he said. “Or you go to work.”

Moore said the offensive improvements made under Cooter the second half of the season is “something to build on” and he hopes to be a part of that building process in Detroit next season.

Whether or not Moore, 32, will be part of those plans will be determined later this offseason.

“I would love to be back here,” Moore said. “Like I said, this place has basically refreshed and reenergized my love for football and I love the guys in the locker room. I love the coaches.

“We’ll wait and see what happens. Obviously, I’m free, but I’d love to be back here.”