Brandon Weeden being signed by the Dallas Cowboys could prove to be the worst move the Cowboys made this offseason.
The now 30 year old Brandon Weeden is 5-15 as a starter, has 26 career interceptions to 23 touchdowns, a career passer rating of 70.3 and couldn’t keep a job with the QB starved Browns!
To make things worse, Brandon Weeden took 27 sacks in only eight games in 2013 because he struggles going through his progressions fast enough and holds the ball too long. When his protection did actually break down, he had practically zero escape ability. Brandon Weeden, who was a 1st round pick in 2012, is the definition of a BUST.
Why do the Cowboys need more depth at QB?
Tony Romo is 34 years old, he is coming off of his second back surgery, and there are still question marks about the OL despite the Cowboys efforts to improve it.
- Travis Frederick is only in his second year and despite being a solid run blocker, he has struggled in pass protection.
Zack Martin is a rookie who never played guard before.
Makenzy Bernadeu was a career backup in Carolina who also had a suspect OL.
Ronald Leary is an undrafted free agent with a deteriorating knee condition.
Doug Free has been average or below for most of his career. Straight up inconsistent.
Tyron Smith is currently the only stud on this young OL.
The odds of Tony Romo getting re-injured are pretty high despite his elite escape ability and quick release. In recent years, Romo has sustained a broken collar bone, broken ribs twice (once with a punctured lung) and had two back surgeries. He is 34 years old which can only hinder his durability and quickness. Can you honestly say you will sleep at night knowing Brandon Weeden is our only hope if Tony goes down? I sure as hell can’t.
Should the Cowboys Pursue Kellen Moore as Insurance?
Kellen Moore was my favorite quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft: the same draft Brandon Weeden went 22nd overall. Despite all of the hype surrounding Andrew Luck and RGIII, I still contend Moore was the best QB in that class. In fact, he was one of my “The Guys No One Is Talking About”. If you actually care what I had to say about him 2 years ago, you can read it by clicking here.
I am not going to regurgitate what I said previously about Kellen Moore, but I will say this: I am still a firm believer that all some of these guys who were overlooked need, is a chance to prove themselves. Guys Like Warren Moon had to start in the CFL. Kurt Warner was bagging groceries. Kellen Moore is stuck behind Mattthew Stafford in Detroit.
Moore may become available if the Lions decide not to keep three QBs. Brandon Weeden had his chance in the NFL and failed miserably. Kellen Moore already knows Scott Linehan’s offense inside out. Linehan already said that Moore was the smartest QB he had ever been around. He has proven that he is a coach on the field and knows how to win. After all, he is the winningest QB in NCAA history at 50-3, was undefeated against the BCS schools and he won 3 out of 4 championships. His only championship loss coming when he started as a true freshman.
There is a lot more to being a QB in the NFL than having prototypical size and a Howitzer for an arm. I will take a smart game manager over the ideal athlete every time, especially when he was one of the most accurate in NCAA history. Arm strength is a luxury, you can’t coach instincts, football IQ and anticipation. Especially not work ethic and Moore practically lives in the film room when he isn’t practicing on the field.
50â€“3 as a starting QB
Touchdown Club of Columbus Quarterback of the Year (2010 & 2011)
2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Boise State 56, Arizona State 24
2010 Heisman Trophy finalist
2010 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Boise State 26, Utah 3
FWAA All-American (2010)
AP 3rd team (2010)
First-team All-America (SI, ESPN, CBSSportsline) (2009)
First-team All-WAC (2009, 2010)
WAC Offensive Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
WAC Championship (2008, 2009, 2010)
2010 Fiesta Bowl Boise State 17, TCU 10
Freshman All-American (2008)
Second-team All-WAC (2008)
WAC Freshman of the Year (2008)
2008 Poinsettia Bowl Boise State 16, TCU 17
Kellen Moore has a career completion percentage of 69.8, 148 career touchdowns to only 28 interceptions (INT% 1.69), and a career passer rating of 169.15. People can try and sell me on size and arm strength all they want: at the end of the day, the numbers don’t lie. JaMarcus Russell could throw the ball in to the cheap seats, how did that work out? Tom Brady doesn’t have elite arm strength either, but how many times in a season does a QB throw the ball 80 yards? You can see what Jon Gruden had to say about Kellen Moore below.
You’re entitled to your opinion, but I am convinced that Moore is a better option than Brandon Weeden. The cynics used to tell me Cole Beasley was too small as well. At the end of the day, Kellen Moore knows how to win.
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