Babe Laufenberg isn’t buying in to the medias’ propaganda that the Dallas Cowboys need to draft a quarterback. In fact, he doesn’t even think they need to sign a veteran free agent.
Per an article on Sports Day, Former NFL quarterback and current radio analyst, Babe Laufenberg, answered some questions Wednesday on a few Cowboys’ related topics.
It is nice to see that we are not the only ones who recognize the ignorance of the mainstream media. Babe Laufenberg, unlike many of these journalists who all jump on the same scoop to try and snag a headline, has been there and done it. Ya gotta love his answers to the following questions. You can send people to college and teach them how to write or talk in to a headset, but it doesn’t mean they know squat about football.
Question: Is the Cowboys’ offense too Romo friendly? Is that a thing? (I had to laugh at this question.)
Babe Laufenberg: “I don’t really know what that means. Your job as a QB is to call the play, make the necessary adjustments at the line of scrimmage, get the snap, put your foot in the ground, find the open receiver and throw him the football accurately. How about that? If this was an offense tailored to a Michael Vick or Cam Newton, different story. But this is an offense designed for a pocket passer. I thought it was “Kellen Moore” friendly when he threw for 435 yards and 3 TDs against Washington. And did you know? That was the third-highest yardage total for any QB making his first OR second start in NFL history. Did I mention not overlooking productivity?”
Question: I know you don’t like Manziel, but if the Cowboys went for a veteran backup this season, who would you like to see come in?
Babe Laufenberg: “I think they already have that guy on the roster. His name is Kellen Moore.”
I literally muted the television during the 2016 Senior Bowl because I got so sick of hearing about Carson Wentz. Despite the fact that Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler both out-played him, they still acted as if this kid was the next Tom Brady. I have always had a lot of respect for Mike Mayock as an analyst, but not anymore. Either he is going by a script on a teleprompter, or he forgot how to grade a quarterback. He obviously hasn’t watched any tape of Kellen Moore or he wouldn’t be pushing for the Cowboys to draft a quarterback who grades out in the mid to late rounds at best with the 4th overall pick in the draft.
I don’t care how tall a QB is, or what size his hands are etc. Babe Laufenberg, who actually played the position at the NFL level, made it perfectly clear what the job of an NFL QB is. The main thing that separates an average QB from an elite quarterback is the ability to process information quickly. The ability to walk up to the line, read the defense, make the right call and execute the play.
None of the top 5 ranked quarterbacks in this class have shown the ability to make all five post snap reads in two seconds or less. In fact, most of the time they are going off of their first pre-snap read and are lucky if they made it to the second read after the snap. Putting these kids in a spread offense in college cripples them. You can talk about their size, arm strength or whatever, but you are drafting a project because they have to learn the position all over again at the next level. More times than not, they don’t translate because they are not NFL ready. You shouldn’t have to teach a QB at the NFL level how to make his reads and you can’t coach instincts, vision and pocket awareness. All of which, Carson Wentz is lacking.
Kellen Moore came from a pro style offense in college that was more complex than the one they are running in Dallas.
Unlike these kids, by the time he got to the NFL, he was already able to make those pre-snap reads, make the right calls at the line, put his foot in the ground and deliver an accurate pass.
If his pre-snap read wasn’t there, he had the mental capacity to make all 5 post-snap reads and still deliver an accurate pass. That Cowboys faithful is why Babe Laufenberg said,
“I think they already have that guy on the roster. His name is Kellen Moore.
Whose opinion will you pay attention to: a journalist or a guy who actually played the position at the NFL level? As for me, I will trust my eyes and consider Babe’s opinion as reassurance. Who would you rather put in the game if Romo goes down: a rookie or a guy with four years of NFL experience, and two of those under the current offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan?