Cowboys believe in Kellen Moore (even if no one else does)

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Last year, as Cowboys fans prepared for the Annual Tony Romo Debilitating Injury, a genuine sense of confidence and excitement existed both inside and outside the organization regarding his then-rookie backup, Dak Prescott. This year, with Prescott as the starter, the team believes in Kellen Moore as the primary backup to Prescott — even if no one else does.

He’s exceptional,” receiver Cole Beasley recently said about Moore, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “A lot of guys wrote him off because of his size. They tend to do that in this league. But you can’t just find a gamer that knows how to go out there and play football. . . . He’s one of those guys.”

The guy who runs the Dallas offense agrees.

“He’s like a machine,” Scott Linehan said, via Machota. “He anticipates and sees guys open. He’s extremely accurate. A lot of guys get it done different ways, but guys don’t last long if they can’t hit moving targets on the run. That’s what he does best.”

Linehan added that the Cowboys “have all the confidence in the world” in Moore.

“It might be a little bit different than Dak would do it, but he knows what he can do and he doesn’t let what he can’t do get in his way,” Linehan said.

What the Cowboys can do if Dak goes down in training camp or the preseason or the regular season is call Tony Romo, which many believe they’d do. Fans would revolt if they don’t at least try, because fans simply don’t believe in Moore the way they believed in Prescott.

And for good reason. From the moment Prescott stepped onto the field, he delivered. When Moore started two games in 2015 (appearing in three), he threw six interceptions against four touchdowns.

Of course, he didn’t have Ezekiel Elliott. And Moore did average 7.5 yards per pass, which isn’t bad.

But he’s still not Prescott. More importantly, he’s not Romo. If/when Prescott goes down, Jerry Jones will activate the bat signal not for the next man up, but for the guy who’d be taking a zip line down from the broadcast booth. And possibly suffering his latest debilitating injury when he lands.

24 responses to “Cowboys believe in Kellen Moore (even if no one else does)

  1. Kellen Moore is a serviceable back up. Nothing flashy about his game, just executes the plays exactly as they are drawn up. Good film study and is rather fearless, considering his size and limited skill set but at the end of the day if 10 other guys do their jobs, Kellen will not be the one to let them down.

  2. We have switch from the Kaepernick Kaepernick Kaepernick saga to the Romo Romo Romo saga.

    Romo is done. (and I think it is a good choice for him). The cowboys are trying to kill any thought of a comeback (and good for them). Can we just let these two fade away? Moore is a backup. He is not a starter. You know what? The cowboys have a young pretty good starter. They’ll be fine with Moore coming in for the quarter and half he will play this year.

  3. I actually hope fans believe in Moore, more than they believed in Prescott last year. Very few people believed Prescott would do what he did. Fans kept saying it was beginner’s luck. That he’d go backwards as soon as the defenses saw some tape on him. That it was all the O-Line. That it was really about Zeke Elliott. Prescott had way more non-believers than he did believers. Are we re-writing history so soon? OMG!

  4. Why do people put so much attention on the backup QB for Prescott? He has a sturdy build, doesn’t run himself into big hits, and has low “mileage” at this early stage in his career, so he is probably in the top 5 of QBs LEAST likely to get hurt this year (especially once you factor in the pass blocking he’ll benefit from).

    It’s like people took the justified oodles of attention on the Dallas backup situation from LAST offseason and then didn’t adjust for the change from Romo to Prescott. Sure, anyone can get hurt, but the odds of injury are a lot lower in this case than is most others.

  5. What’s wrong with this? Moore appears to be your basic, low cost, backup qb. No different than most of the league and when he signed, he kissed JJ’S shoes. That was huge and got him the job.

  6. I am a huge Kellen Moore fan. And no one else is Dak. In the history of the league no one has accomplished what Dak did. Kellen is a great football player

  7. “But he’s still not Prescott. More importantly, he’s not Romo”.

    Florio, you are wrong. It is only “more importantly” that he isn’t Romo for you. Us fans know what the deal is, which is Romo is in the booth, and Moore is the backup. We all know it isn’t a dramatized story which you salivate over, but it is the reality of the situation.

    “And possibly suffering his latest debilitating injury when he lands.”

    Really? Yet another jab in a long line of jabs at Romo, which is one of the few things you are consistent with. Congratulations for underwhelming and falling way to too short yet again regarding a Cowboy story.

  8. Moore’s almost a carbon copy of his head coach. Jason Garrett as a Cowboy backup quarterback wasn’t gonna win an NFL championship, but he wasn’t gonna lose the team a game they had to win either. He was money when it counted, and I’m one fan who thinks Moore would be too, given that chance.

  9. Kind of agree with a lot of these comments, Mike. Might be time to move on from Kapernick and Romo; Kellen doesn’t profess to be either.

  10. Good, cause no one else does.

    RGIII would be an upgrade over Moore. I’d say however, that an empty roster spot would be better than bringing in Kaepernick.

  11. alonestartexan says:
    Jun 18, 2017 8:49 PM
    Good, cause no one else does.
    RGIII would be an upgrade over Moore.

    RGIII has proven to be a head case deluxe.

  12. Moore won 50 games in college, the most in college history. He’s a coach’s kid and smarter than many QB coaches in the NFL. Linehan is wise to have confidence. Take a look at the 2015 Washington game.

  13. As a Lions fan, I rooted for Moore when he was on the Lions, and I was rooting for him when he left. Let’s face it, he’s an underdog, but he’s got some positive attributes.

    First, the negatives;

    -When he first arrived in the NFL, he had an EXTREMELY weak arm, so weak, that it looked like he’d never make it. But his arm strength improved a bit from year to year, but he’s still got marginal arm strength. Not even mediocre, just marginal.
    -He’s small.
    -Not that fast either, which both combined are a pretty bad combination.


    -Very intelligent and a good teammate. He’s the type of backup who will really help the starter prepare.
    -I didn’t see it with the Lions, but in college, he was a gamer.

    So, my summation of him is he’s great for helping the starter prepare and do in game analysis, but you’d better hope the starter doesn’t get hurt because he’s going to have to play a very cautious, safe-pass, dink and dunk style of game.

  14. I watched Kellen play in college. He doesn’t have over-whelming arm strength, but is extremely accurate and is poised in the pocket. He always moves to his check-downs when his primary WR is not open, and he is smart with the ball. He doesn’t throw many interceptions, even though his stats for 2015 might show more in the minus column than the plus column. Great football mind and a great teammate.

    PS-I watched him throw many passes that traveled 50+ yards in the air. Not the strongest arm, but definitely not the weakest either.

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