ALAMEDA –- Sio Moore plays football with passion. That’s exactly what Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano wants from his young, talented linebacker.
He just doesn’t want it taking away from proper execution. It’s hard to say it has.
Even an elongated sack dance versus Kansas City ultimately didn’t cost a thing, thanks to a timely timeout. He’s drawn attention for jawing with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and posting something on Instagram, but it didn’t impact his game.
That’s the key thing.
“I love Sio’s energy and I love his passion,” Sparano said. “It’s necessary. He’s a passionate, emotional player and I like that part of it. I want my team to play that way. I want my team to play with passion and energy and enthusiasm. It’s just that, there’s a fine line between that and not playing smart football all the time.”
Moore didn’t respond much to Sunday’s excitable moments in his first public comments since the game, rightfully saying his focus shifted forward to an upcoming road game against Kansas City. Moore also said he doesn’t thrive on trash talk as some players do.
“I don’t try to get into anyone’s head,” he said. “I play football. I try to send a message playing football. I try to play good, clean football, but send a message that there’s no back down in my team, there’s no back down on my defense and there’s no back down in me.”
Moore has been a productive member of this defense, and has played well despite switching positions this offseason. He has 90 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble this season. He’s been strong in coverage and against the run.
He’s a interesting player to watch and a fan favorite because he clearly enjoys his job.
“I thrive on playing football,” Moore said. “I want to be a good teammate to guys out there sacrificing and working hard by giving it everything I’ve got.”