Cowboys growing concerned about Kellen Moore as No. 2 quarterback

AP

The Dallas Cowboys are finally realizing that which many have known for months: Kellen Moore may not be the ideal understudy to Dak Prescott at quarterback.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, citing an unnamed source, that Moore “will be the subject of conversation at personnel meetings this week” after another subpar preseason performance.

Moore completed less than 50 percent of his passes (10 for 21) for 131 yards and a quarterback rating of 67.8. He also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

Officially, the Cowboys continue to say all (or at least most) of the right things about the player who could be the wrong man both to replace Prescott if injured and to push Prescott to be as good as he can be.

“He’s a very smart player, makes good decisions,” coach Jason Garrett said, per Hill. “I thought he threw the ball to the right guy a lot. I think the biggest thing if you look at his drives is we got behind the chains a little bit, had some holding penalties and you’re looking at some tough down-and-distances. And it’s hard to overcome that. But I thoguht he handled that stuff for the most part pretty well and just kept trying to execute ball plays. He will continue to do that.”

If the Cowboys don’t look outside the organization for a backup to Prescott, they could decide to make Cooper Rush the No. 2 option.

“I’m just glad to see Rush taking advantage of his opportunities out there,” owner Jerry Jones said, via Hill. “Wouldn’t want to get ahead of ourselves in any way here. And the other thing is that we still have a lot of confidence in [Moore], his ability to be able to get in there when we would call on him with the personnel around him and get the ball in the right places. Make no mistake about it, that Rush, it just gets slow when he gets out there. That’s a compliment.”

A compliment for Rush could be an ominous sign for Moore. Ultimately, the best move for Prescott could be the addition of someone with much more experience than he has, who can help him as he continues to try to develop into a true franchise quarterback.

63 responses to “Cowboys growing concerned about Kellen Moore as No. 2 quarterback

  1. I wonder if Jones will sign Kaepernick to perhaps curry some favor with the league office?

  2. Give Buffalo a call, I am sure Tyrod can be had for a 3rd or 4th round pick. He would solidify the backup position, where he spent years backing up Flacco in Baltimore.

  3. thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:54 am
    I don’t know how you play QB in the NFL when you can’t see over your blockers or have the ability to throw downfield more than 20 yards. Cooper Rush looks legit though

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    Doug Flutie had no problem with it. Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have no problem with it. His height isn’t the issue, Moore just doesn’t have a talented enough arm to play QB at the NFL level. He has the intelligence I hear, but he can’t put much (if any) zip on his passes.

  4. “Doug Flutie had no problem with it. Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have no problem with it. His height isn’t the issue, Moore just doesn’t have a talented enough arm to play QB at the NFL level. He has the intelligence I hear, but he can’t put much (if any) zip on his passes.”

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    Right. But there are big differences, to say the least between Kellen Moore and Russell Wilson and Doug Flutie. The biggest one is that Wilson and Flutie have / had great mobility to move around and create their own throwing lanes. Even Bree’s, while not having the mobility of those two, slides around the pocket well to find throwing lanes. Kellen Moore is a statue in the pocket, more or less, and has a chicken arm.

  5. It certainly is weird for the Cowboys to be on the other side of this situation. Last year they had (at least what appeared to be) two quality QBs. If I was leader of Cowboy nation, I think I would have held on to Tony a little bit longer. I know he doesn’t want to hold a clipboard, but his value as a #2 is irreplaceable.

  6. Luckily they have future Hall of Famer Cooper Rush already in the fold. If I were Dak I’d be looking over my shoulder.

  7. Undrafted rookie Cooper Rush has looked amazing (admittedly against bottom tier players). I believe through three games (including HoF Games) he has a perfect passer rating.

  8. Option 1. You know who CK, not Louie.
    Option 2. That Ravens will probably trade Ryan Mallet for a crab mallet

  9. Living in Boise I saw him play 4 years in college. He has great instincts and knowledge of the game. He does have an arm that is more suited for short routes than the deep ball. That said, coming off a season ending injury, I don’t put too much stock in 2 pre-season performances.

  10. Cooper Rush NFL scouting report on who is most similar to.NFL Comparison Kellen Moore
    Ironic.

  11. My bad on the last post. The voice to text changed some words. I just meant that a vote of confidence isn’t really that at all

  12. Well, duh……All they need to do is look at his performance in 2015, where 3 different q/bs combined to win 1 game in Tony’s absence 🙁 Thus, he came back way too SOON to try & salvage the season, only to break his collarbone again…smh! I wish he had told them a resounding NO, but the competitor in Romo would not allow that. He gave his heart & soul to the team, and look where it got him……. I’m still livid!!! Rush is definitely outplaying Moore, but they better hope Dak does not get injured! JG made his bed…..

  13. Most teams don’t even have a quality #1 and we’re getting bent out of shape over the lack of a quality #2?? Desperate days for a CK story without even mentioning his name, i guess

  14. dwalsh5134 says:

    I wonder if Jones will sign Kaepernick to perhaps curry some favor with the league office?
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    My 49 year run as a Cowboys fan would come to an end. And I’m in a large group.

  15. I like Rush. I do not agree with most organizations philosophy of having a veteran backup “Just in case” the number 1 QB goes down. If they are a veteran and a backup then you know that particular player’s ceiling. The back-up veteran is always worse than the lead. So why not at least take the risk on a young guy (like Rush) and maybe he surprises the snot out of you (like Dak). The level of play could still go down, but with a veteran back-up it will absolutely go down. With a young QB perfecting his craft it could go the other way, and then you all of a sudden have the next (insert great quarterback name here). Not likely – but at least you give yourself the chance.

  16. I love how Cowboys fans get excited about a win over the Colts porous defense. Keep getting your hopes up, as soon as things start to count DP will be showing his true colors.

  17. arrrggghhh!!! people, kaepernick is not signing for backup money. the cowboys arent going to pay a backup more than dak. what is so hard to understand about football economics?

  18. It doesn’t really matter. The Cowboys will win their division and then lose their first playoff game. They have been an average team for 20+ years yet each year we all have to listen to their claims that they are the super bowl favorites!!!!!!

  19. Don’t be surprised if Jerry gives Manziel a call. He liked him before, and manziel already checks Jerry Jones’ main box: Domestic violence allegations.

  20. We had him in Detroit. He is an undersized concessions salesmen cut and dry. 20 yards down field is it. Neat story coming out of college, etc., just doesn’t have it for the next level.

  21. Some stuff going down about Colin. Maybe they should sign him so we can see him disintegrate and cut once again and shut everybody up.

  22. dwalsh5134 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:52 am
    I wonder if Jones will sign Kaepernick to perhaps curry some favor with the league office?

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    Jerruh Jones would sign Charles Manson if he thought he could play. I have my money on Jones to sign Kaepernick at some point. Jones loves being perceived as a caring individual, which is he anything but. He only cares about one thing — money.

  23. “I love how Cowboys fans get excited about a win over the Colts porous defense. Keep getting your hopes up, as soon as things start to count DP will be showing his true colors.”

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    Some people are still in denial that Dak is already an elite player.

  24. Dreaded Parakeet says:
    August 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Some stuff going down about Colin. Maybe they should sign him so we can see him disintegrate and cut once again and shut everybody up.

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    No matter how badly he does and how much money it was coating you would still be reading articles saying the cut was racially motivated.

  25. Kellen Moore is still better than anyone the Broncos have on their roster. Jerry should call Elway.

  26. thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:

    Some people are still in denial that Dak is already an elite player.

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    Dude he couldn’t even take the Packers beat up second and third string after… how many weeks off again? One and done. Cowboys will be lucky to sneak in with a Wild Card berth, Eagles own the East this year.

  27. thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:
    August 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    “I love how Cowboys fans get excited about a win over the Colts porous defense. Keep getting your hopes up, as soon as things start to count DP will be showing his true colors.”

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    Some people are still in denial that Dak is already an elite player.

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    Elite? He had one decent season and lost his only playoff game!!

  28. ^^he did, but barely. Still had a promising season. You’re not one of those people who thinks QBs win or lose games on their own, are you?

    Moore I could easily see ending up on the staff in Dallas or elsewhere. He’s one of those guys who seems to have the mental capabilities but necessarily the physical ones, and the organization in Dallas seems to love him. Give it a few years, he’ll end up probably on someone’s staff as an intern.

  29. They should have signed Kaepernick. Luckily, he is still available. He faced a perfect backup to Dak because he can run the same plays.

  30. Kaepernick would not sign for Dallas.

    1. Jerrah would never go with that kneeling protest stuff.
    2. See reason 1.
    3. He wants a starting gig and is not going to get one barring injury to someone’s starter.
    4. His schickt would not fly in the great state of Texas. No way, no how.
    5. He’s just not good enough especially since they have a better prospect in Cooper Rush already there.

    If they want a veteran then go with someone to help stabilize the QB room and act as an addition coach/tutor.

  31. cornerblitz says:
    August 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm
    thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:

    Some people are still in denial that Dak is already an elite player.

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    Dude he couldn’t even take the Packers beat up second and third string after… how many weeks off again? One and done. Cowboys will be lucky to sneak in with a Wild Card berth, Eagles own the East this year.

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    Brady often looks shakey against teams in the preseason, but once the real games start he does perform like an elite player. Speaking of Green Bay, the same is true of Rodgers.

  32. Bishop Knight 3 says:
    August 21, 2017 at 5:15 am
    cornerblitz says:
    August 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm
    thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:

    Some people are still in denial that Dak is already an elite player.

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    Dude he couldn’t even take the Packers beat up second and third string after… how many weeks off again? One and done. Cowboys will be lucky to sneak in with a Wild Card berth, Eagles own the East this year.

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    Brady often looks shakey against teams in the preseason, but once the real games start he does perform like an elite player. Speaking of Green Bay, the same is true of Rodgers.

    Rodgers craps the bed in the playoffs every year

  33. How can people who hate Kaepernick more than murdering,racist scum, who carried Nazi & treasonous flags, is beyond me. You either hate RACISTS or you are RACIST.

    What a country, where violent, armed Nazis are accepted over a man’s passive, silent, peaceful protest.

  34. Kellen Moore is exactly the same as Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel & John Kitna, they can dink & dunk but can’t throw the deep ball. Cooper Rush has some potential & I hope they protect him or someone else will pick him up.

  35. Rodgers craps the bed in the playoffs every year

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    Right… like that time he went 100 yards in two plays against the Cardinals? Or making the NFC championship game last year, after beating the one and done Cowboys? What’s DP’s playoff record again?

  36. But but but Kellen was an amazing QB in college. He may have been the best ever. This just goes to show how all of that talk was just nonsense. Yet Boise Fairweather fans still can’t realize it. Boise and Kellen never played a real schedule and could never succeed playing real teams all season. That’s why KM is struggling mightily in NFL. Bronco Sheeple will never admit it though..

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