Do the Dallas Cowboys truly believe that quarterback Kellen Moore can be the primary back-up for Tony Rom0 this season?
Most seem to believe the Dallas Cowboys are in need of quality quarterback depth. After losing their starter, Tony Romo, to two separate collarbone injuries last season, limiting him to only four game appearances, the Cowboys struggled to replace him.
Back-up quarterbacks Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden and Kellen Moore combined for one win as starters under center for Dallas in 2015. Out of the three, Moore seemed to have the most on-field success recording 779 passing yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions in the Cowboys final three games.
Moore, who spent his first three seasons with the Detroit Lions yet never had a single regular season snap, is a favorite of Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. It was Linehan who helped to bring the undrafted free agent out of Boise State to the Lions, where he was his offensive coordinator for two seasons before the coach joined the Cowboys in 2014.
Part of the reason Moore signed with the Cowboys last September was due to Linehan being in Dallas. The four-year veteran knows his system and the two have a good rapport. So much so, Linehan continues to support Moore publicly.
"“The more I hear Scott Linehan talk about Kellen Moore, the more I think he will not press the issue for a veteran backup,” responded ESPN’s Todd Archer while answering a mailbag question earlier this month. “That would steer the Cowboys into a must-have in the draft for a quarterback”"
And even Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones got in on the Kellen Moore bandwagon recently…
Even members of the media think the four-year stater at Boise State is a solid option as a back-up quarterback considering the Cowboys limited options in free agency.
"“When you look at the list of unrestricted free agent QBs, there aren’t many I can say are definitely/without a doubt a better option than Kellen Moore.”- Dallas Morning News staff writer Jon Machota"
With all this talk about Moore, it begs the question: Do the Cowboys really believe they need a veteran back-up quarterback when they already have Moore? In fact, the team may instead think that getting veteran depth at quarterback is not a priority since they might just believe Kellen can handle those duties.
Even if they do, that certainly doesn’t preclude the Cowboys from trying to find the ultimate successor for a 35-year old Tony Romo in the upcoming draft. Despite all the support being thrown Moore’s way, I’m not sure anyone thinks he can be anything more than a solid back-up.
Still, if Dallas believes they have quality depth behind Romo already, it certainly could reshape their strategy going into free agency and possibly into the draft.
My question for you is: Do you believe in Kellen Moore? Let me know in the comment section below.
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