One-on-One with Lions great Herman Moore

Moore discusses franchise, Stafford trade
One-on-One with Lions great Herman Moore
Posted at 5:31 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 05:31:34-05

(WXMI) — Detroit Lions fans are expecting a lengthy rebuilding process over the next few seasons.

Former Lions wide receiver and four-time Pro-Bowler, Herman Moore spoke one-on-one with FOX 17 about the franchise's new direction and his optimism for the future.

One-on-One with Herman Moore

"I think this is a regime that will start to move the needle," Moore said, "asking them to go from where they are and the unwinding that's taking place to all of the sudden becoming a playoff bound team, that may be a stretch."

And with so many potential free agents like Kenny Golladay and Romeo Okwara, Moore says he's anxious to see what they do this off-season.

Lions great, Herman Moore
Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore (84) outruns Atlanta Falcons defenders after catching a 34-yard pass during the first quarter, Sept. 4, 1994, inside the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

"We'll wait and see who they can retain in terms of talent and we'll see what kind of free agency moves are made and also the draft," he added.

Moore played eleven seasons in Detroit from 1991-2001 and made six playoff appearances, he admits it's a shame to see the franchise take a step backwards over the past two decades.

However, he's hopeful Dan Campbell is the right hire at head coach.

New Lions head coach, Dan Campbell
In this image provided by the Detroit Lions, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell speaks during a news conference via video on his first day at the NFL football team's practice facility, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in Allen Park, Mich. (Detroit Lions via AP).

"Dan Campbell is a bit of an X-Factor," Moore said, "now that's he's coming out from under Sean Payton and he's on his own, it will come down to his support and the staff around him and how he will be able to manage as a first-year head coach."

Big news broke on Saturday evening after the Lions reached an agreement to send Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for quarterback Jared Goff, two future first round picks and a third round pick this year.

New Lions quarterback, Jared Goff
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff jogs on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

"Jared Goff is a player that was picked in the first round and after a few good years, the Rams have fallen off in the past two, so they're looking to go in a different direction," said Moore when asked about the deal.

He says the trade should be a win-win for both sides.

"Matthew Stafford has been with the Lions for 12 years and has put up some tremendous numbers but he wants to finish his career on a high note. When you put those two things together, it's two organizations that came together to give the other what the other wanted and what was missing."

Herman Moore celebrates with fans
Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore celebrates his first touchdown of the season with fans during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers in Pontiac, Mich., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000. Moore made a 30-yard reception for the touchdown in the Lions' 31-24 win over the Packers. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Moore is a brand ambassador for the William Hill Sportsbookwhich is now available for access in Michigan with a free bet up to $500 for new customers who make a deposit via the app or website.

He says he's excited for the big game this Sunday.

"With William Hill, what's nice is we're going to do bets on the coin toss so I have my money on heads," Moore chuckled, "I do have my money on Kansas City."