Babe Laufenberg: Romos’ Backup Already On Roster

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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.

Babe Laufenberg shows support for kellen moore

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.”

carson wentzI 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.

scott linehan and kellen mooreKellen 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?

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  • It’s great that others are seeing what we see. Nice job on the story

    • Al

      Thanks Cas. Yup I agree

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Nicely said Al. I did not know anything about Carson Wentz and was very curious to see him in live action. I thought i saw a better version of Weeden out there…but that’s it. His vision and anticipation are not good. We are in the win now mode for Tony, if we draft him or another QB at 4 i would die because like you’d said, there isn’t one QB this year is going to outperform Kellen Moore…ZERO!! .

    That LB out of Temple looked pretty good Al & Cas. Noah Spence was a monster out there too, hope his drug days are behind him. I just don’t think he’ll last to the second round for us to snatch up. I also like that RB out of TCU Aaron Green. Thx for the article Al.

    • There were several players who had outstanding performances on defense. There were oly a few offensive standouts.

    • I am liking Dixon more and more.

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        Yeah, i’ve forgotten to mention Dixon. He’s a solid runner.

        • I would rather have Booker though

          • BigDIndiana

            Watching the pass routes during practice for the South, Washington from Texas Tech was the best I saw. Very quick in breaks….the most like Dunbar and a pretty good runner. The guy that ran in the first TD, Greene I think, was BAD running routes against LBers. Didn’t watch North practice but that little guy, #7, has quickness to burn. Have to look him up.
            Another surprise in one on ones… Whitehair on consecutive snaps got pushed back into the QB….and bad. I was impressed by Zachs little brother more playing guard and center. Will go too high to get him as game day backup, maybe 2nd from what I saw. Blythe, center from Iowa, held his own at Center against the DT one on ones and looked good.

          • Thank you for the insight Big D: I didn’t see any of the practices this year. Who was pushing Whitehair around? Hargrave was impressive and got some good push.

          • BigDIndiana

            Don’t remember who pushed him back was watching Whitehair mostly as I wanted to see him. DLine was better as a group. They were moving pretty fast who was up. They showed some of Garretts one on ones he does with the whole team around at the end of practice and they were pretty intense.

          • Al

            I will take a look at Butler.

          • BigDIndiana

            He is fast approaching my pick for 2nd round. Got a lot of double teams in the 3-4 at Latech and was still disruptive. Man on man he usually shoves a guard backwards. Would make the 3 tech better instantly. Speaking of which…I didn’t realize Crawford was playing with a torn rotator cuff last half of the year. Not sure how you even do that.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I had a bad shoulder injury once playing football, not a torn rotator cuff. But it was a significant enough injury. After a few moves, my left arm was basically useless. I couldn’t fight my way through the O line. So for a torn rotator cuff, I imagine it’s worse.

          • Al

            That would be extremely painful. If he played that well needing surgery, he will play much better healthy.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            A lot of people thought Hankins was only going to be a fit in a 3-4, and now he’s a 1 tech. Butler could always slim down if need be, if not, that’s fine.

          • Al

            I saw him as a 1 tech back then. Mentioning him is a sore subject with me. He was still on the board when Jones drafted Escobar.

          • Al

            A healthy Crawford will be a great 3 tech, He just needs a solid 1 tech to compliment him like Sapp had.

          • Johnathan Nguyen

            Yeah, he’s truly a smooth runner!

    • BigDIndiana

      Matakevich from Temple had over 500 tackles there…impressive. Seemed slow a bit in coverage but the guy has as good of instincts to the ball as you will see. 4 straight years of 100+ tackles and in the top 10 all time for total tackles. Not sure how 235 lbs will hold up in the NFL at MLB.
      Greene was horrible in passing drills I saw but a good runner .

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        Yeah, that kid is just a football player. He’s always around the ball! I like him a lot.

        • Al

          That kid will be a stud. I am anxious to see how he fares at the combine. I have a feeling he will destroy the other LBs on the bench press.

      • Yes, he is an impressive player. NFL has him as the 14th LB. He reminds me of my sleeper, Brock Coyle from Montana. He can beef up or they could move him to the strong side. Coyle is doing really well in Seattle. Either way, I want a star on Scooby’s helmet in a bad way.

      • Al

        That kid has a good future ahead of him. I don’t know why everyone has him projected so late.

        • BigDIndiana

          probably foot speed and lighter than most NFL MLBers. Probably concerned about when a Zach Martin meets him at the second level if he can hold NFL blocks at 235.

          • Al

            Power and technique will make up for weight. Wright has dropped 18 lbs prepping for the combine. He is at 238 right now.

    • Al

      Thanks John. You made some very good points there.

  • BigDIndiana

    Hopefully Linehan has them convinced to have Moore as the 2. To me JJ talking of a QB at 4 is just for show, for possible trade incentives to get someone to take our spot for a kings ransom in picks.

    • Al

      JJ has already been sold on Moore. He is a business man looking for trade partners. You can be sure of that

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I doubt Spence goes round 2 now. But if he’s there, I have a hard time passing on him now.

    • Al

      I don’t want a problem child before the late rounds. I don’t trust that kid will tow the line.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I doubt Spence goes round 2 now. But if he’s there, I have a hard time passing on him now.