Kellen Moore Praised by Garrett

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Kellen Moore solidified himself as the number two quarterback behind Matt Cassel following franchise quarterback Tony Romo’s second collar-bone fracture in the last two months.

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Kellen Moore drawing up plays on the sidelines

The fact that Jason Garrett named Kellen Moore the number two quarterback entering the week 13 match-up vs the Washington Redskins Monday rather than the team looking to sign another veteran, indicates they trust him to step in as the signal caller in the event Matt Cassel can’t get the job done or sustains an untimely injury.

Jason Garrett spoke very highly of Kellen Moore when he addressed the media and rightfully so. People have repeatedly knocked the Boise State standout because of his size and questions about his arm strength. What most fail to grasp is it’s the things you don’t see that determine the success or failure of a quarterback at the NFL level. Tony Romo’s mentor, Hall Of Fame head coach Bill Parcells said:

“Quarterbacks are missed on so often in the NFL because scouts and coaches get so caught up in the intangibles they see, but forget to look for the the things you don’t normally see on the outside. The things you don’t see are what will make or break a QB in the NFL”

What most people fail to realize is the most important trait in a QB is intelligence and the ability to process information quickly. The next most important trait is accuracy/anticipation, followed by poise/pocket awareness. Too many times you hear people say that college success means nothing; which in many cases is true. However, every quarterback in the NFL was evaluated solely on their college tape. No one knows for sure how it will translate.

The problem is: too many times quarterbacks get discounted simply because they didn’t pass the eye test or look good in gym shorts at the combine. However, Kellen Moore accomplished something no other quarterback in NFL history was able to. He finished college with a 50-3 record and in a division-one program no less. Amassing over 14,000 yards and146 touchdowns to only 28 interceptions is good for second all time in interception percentage. He did this throwing to a bunch of WR’s who never had a successful NFL career..

When it comes to evaluating a QB at the college level you don’t ask: who was he playing against, but who was he playing with? I have seen good quarterbacks make average receivers look good many times. But, how many times do you see an average receiver make a quarterback look good? My question becomes: If Kellen Moore isn’t a good quarterback, how was he able to outperform every quarterback currently in the NFL at the college level with mediocre receivers? Many of the current QBs had 1st round talent all around them.

It’s simple: he made up for what he lacks physically with the traits most don’t see. Having the ability to walk up to the line and read a defense as if he was in their meeting room when they game planned, and call the right play to beat that protection is what separates elite quarterbacks from the average ones. Having the ability to make all five post snap reads in two seconds or less, find the open man and deliver an accurate pass is imperative. Cassel and Weeden have the size and above average arm strength, but lack the ability to accomplish that. That is why they have failed to succeed in the NFL.

If there are two things anyone that has ever studied or been around Kellen Moore will tell you, it’s he is really smart and accurate. Every year quarterbacks are drafted in the first round that passed the eye test, but fail because they lack the things you don’t see on the outside. Per an article by Nick Eatman Jameil Showers was running the scout team in practice which is indicative to me that Moore is sharing reps with Matt Cassel to prepare him in the event he needs to step in.

Jason Garrett pretty much reiterated what we have been preaching here at YDCFF in his press conference.

Can you just talk about his development since he’s been here and his learning of the play book?

“Oh I think he’s done a great job. He’s a really smart player. I think that’s one of his real assets, is that he’s a really smart football player. Obviously he’s been around Scott Linehan in Detroit, so he has a comfort level with him and with our system. The terminology and some of the nuances and details of our system is different than what he ran in Detroit, but I do think he has a comfort level with the concepts and how we try to do things.”

“He’s a really smart guy, and he’s a hard working guy. He’s diligent in everything that he does. And that reflects on how he’s improved since he’s been here. He hasn’t gotten a lot of work: most of his work has come in practice, but you can tell he’s developed a comfort level with our system and how we do things and he’s gotten better and better within that.”

Would you be comfortable if you had to play him?

“Absolutely. He wouldn’t still be on our team if we didn’t feel that way about him.”

At this point all we can do is hope that if Matt Cassel is not getting it done Monday night that Jason Garrett pulls a Bill Parcells and brings Moore out in the second half. He will have had less reps with the starters than the other QBs so it may take some time for him to develop some chemistry with them, but having the type of anticipation and accuracy he has, I don’t think it will take more than one game. Don’t expect the kid to be Tony Romo the first time he takes the field: he will have some growing pains, but expect some immediate improvement at the position.

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  • Nice job on the story. What really sticks out to me in that video against Georgia is how fast he gets rid of the football to keep that top ranked GA pass rush out of his face. He was methodically disecting that defense throwing the ball over the field. It is impressive how he stands in there knowing he’s going to get blasted delivers a strike and takes the shot. I saw that whole game and that Big SEC DL gave his OL fits all day. He was always able to get rid of the ball instead of taking the sack.

  • Californy

    Wow interesting video Cas, I guess I was right when I said he can play out of most formation.  He drop out of 4th and long and punted the ball.  I wonder if he goes in as the Punter then drop back as a qb.  With Kellen Moore never say never about his qb abilities.  Just when you say he is too small doesn’t have the arm straight, he probably carve that defense up.

  • Californy

    Wow interesting video Cas, I guess I was right when I said he can play out of most formation.  He drop out of 4th and long and punted the ball.  I wonder if he goes in as the Punter then drop back as a qb.  With Kellen Moore never say never about his qb abilities.  Just when you say he is too small doesn’t have the arm straight, he probably carve that defense up.

  • CowgirlCas22 Thanks Cas and ya he is amazing to say the least.

  • Californy

    I like the way Moore look for the single coverage and exposes the defensive coverage.  It my guess he run certain formation to get the double coverage and then throws the other way

  • Californy I never grow tired of watching this kid play. There is just a “wow” factor about his brilliance.

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy He isnt gun shy when he makes a mistake, he just keeps coming right at you.  Once you think you beaten him, he come backs and get his revenge.  I believe he is setting you up in the big game of football

  • Californy He manipulates the defense in to giving him the looks he wants.

  • Californy

    That was Gabe Linehan who made the catch, at the real football connection

  • Californy albeam17 Exactly. He is more mobile than people give him credit for too. He does a nice job of throwing on the move.

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy Yes, he does, he know how to take advantage of it, he is brilliant in that Grudden Video, he breaks down every possible move a qb has on a play.  In Kellen play their is no wasted motion at all

  • Californy albeam17 Never. Every thing he does is calculated

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy I haven’t seen a throw that he cant make.  He is just throwing what the defense is giving him, in most of that video they are giving him the underneath stuff.  Kellen doesn’t hesitate to get the ball out of his hands either.  I believe the quick release will make him a great NFL qb.

  • Californy albeam17 Me neither. I have seen him throw hail mary’s and the receiver catches it in perfect stride. His accuracy is just as good on the deep ball as it is underneath

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy The fact he can explain to an ordinary person all the moves on the play show he has great command of that position and the game.  I can easily see the coach in him as a qb player already.

  • Californy albeam17 Like Gruden said: “Kellen Moore is a football wizard: He’s going to be a hell of a coach one day and I wouldn’t want to go against his team”

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy Kellen is about having trust with his player on another video they say they work countless hours to get that timing down and trust down.  In his offense he throw the ball where the wr will be.  You can often see he throw to an area where the camera nor the player is there yet in the picture

  • Californy yup Scott’s nephew

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy I often said this on another site, he can teach JG and Linehan how to run an offense.  I dont think the problem with Kellen is not him knowing the offense but JG trying to be in a position of leadership on a guy who know more about offense that he does.

  • Californy albeam17 that’s called Elite anticipation

  • Californy

    I remember Tony Playing just Like Kellen when he use to roll out more than sit in the pocket and throw.  I believe the lack of Mobility in the Pocket has finally caught up on Tony

  • Californy albeam17 I agree totally. I heard talk that he was drawing up plays for Stafford in Detroit and I believe it. their offense is nowhere near as good now that he is in Dallas.If you notice in the picture I put at the top of this article: it’s Moore wearing the headset and working with Weeden on the sidelines while Romo and Cassel are talking. I think he was Linehans mediator relaying the plays to Weeden.

  • Californy

    I think Detroit finally has it right withe their HC now as the team OC, he a brilliant qb coach out their in Detroit.  The Detroit QB is finally playing up to his potential.  I had to turn off the game because i am going for the other team, lol

  • Californy garrett tries to make him play like Aikman instead of allowing him to use his God given mobilty on bootlegs etc.

  • Californy Stafford has a cannon, but makes bad decisions and lacks vision. He is always staring down Megatron.

  • Californy Stafford has a cannon, but makes bad decisions and lacks vision. He is always staring down Megatron.

  • Californy

    Oh where my manner, Nice Article AL, always like hearing about of of my favorite player I am rooting for.

  • Californy Thanks Cali

  • gcarr1213

    Californy Don’t like Stafford, never did. And I felt the facemask penalty is BS. If you you’re not Rodgers, Brady, Manning, or Brees, you are not getting a call for roughing the passer or pulling on his facemask. I watch countless QB get bludgeoned after a play or see guys diving at their knees or head, and they don’t get the benefit of the refs.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy NFL talking about player safety is BS, when all QB are not treated the same, and when you allow other players from more liked teams illegally hit other players with no penalty.

  • gcarr1213 Californy I swear GB has the refs in their pocket. They catch way too many breaks like the Dez catch

  • Californy A brilliant QB coach would never let Moore walk out the door.

  • gcarr1213 Californy The problem is: there is no accountability for refs. They should get fined like the players do for making bad calls.

  • Californy He controls what the defense does and then takes advantage of them. He sets them up to fail. He makes it as confusing as possible for them which creates miscommunication.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Californy  I don’t know what they should do but they do need accountability. maybe its just me but they seem to be having as bad a year that I can remember with bad/missed calls.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Californy  I don’t know what they should do but they do need accountability. maybe its just me but they seem to be having as bad a year that I can remember with bad/missed calls.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 Californy As I said you have to be special to get the calls at the QB position, otherwise, you will never get the benefit.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 Californy As I said you have to be special to get the calls at the QB position, otherwise, you will never get the benefit.