Kellen Moore cleared waivers Wednesday and was signed to the Cowboys practice squad. Rumor has it that the Colts were among the teams to show interest in the former Boise State star and Moore chose to remain a Cowboy.
Todd Archer originally broke the news via Twitter that he was still a Cowboy. Kellen Moore has peaked a lot of interest lately following the poor QB play by Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden. The Cowboys are now 2-6 in the absence of Tony Romo and many fans were asking to see Moore. The primary thought being the Cowboys have nothing at this point to lose.
I have been following Kellen Moore since his freshman year at Boise. There was a lot of controversy at that time when Coach Peterson named him the starter as a freshman. Coach Peterson stressed how cerebral Moore was and mentioned that when he arrived at Boise he had every single DI offense in his laptop and was beyond prepared.
Peterson went on to talk about how involved Kellen Moore was in the meeting room and took in every bit of information as if he was the starter. Moore was pretty much an unknown and his size drew questions from the local media.Â The skeptics were soon silenced when as a redshirt freshman in 2008, Moore led the Broncos to an undefeated regular season and the WAC championship while throwing 25 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 12 games. In the final game of 2008, Boise State lost to Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl.
Kellen Moore would lead his team to three more Bowl games winning all three. He was a 2x All-American and a Heisman trophy finalist. The guy everyone thought was too small went on to become the winningest QB in NCAA history and second all time with 146 touchdown passes. Above and beyond that, finishing with a career passer rating of 169.2 slated him as the 2nd most efficient passer in NCAA history. His 146 touchdowns to only 28 interceptions merited him the lowest interception percentage in NCAA history.
I was probably the angriest Cowboys fan on the planet yesterday when I heard that Jerry Jones had cut Moore. Only a self proclaimed GM would go against the advice of his offensive coordinator and refuse to audition a player with a resume like his while sitting on a 2-6 record. The naysayers sound exactly like the ones did when he was named the starter at Boise.
Every day via social media or the mainstream media people are saying he is a career backup or practice squad player. Kurt Warner was slated as nothing more than a camp arm. Steve Young went undrafted and had to make a name for himself in the USFL. I could go on and on. At the end of the day, the fact remains:
No One can say for sure what he can or can’t do unless he is given an opportunity and fails.
Every year first round QBs who got all of the praise and recognition by the same self proclaimed experts fail. How much stock can I put in their opinions? NONE! Sometimes you haveÂ just got say what the hell and give a guy a chance like Bill Parcells did with Tony Romo and Bill Belichick with Tom Brady. It takes a lot more than ideal height or a cannon to be a successful NFL QB.
“There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.”