Kellen Moore Proves to be Valuable Asset

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The Cowboys signing of Kellen Moore back in September has proven to be one of the best moves Jerry Jones has made in recent history. Quarterbacks are by far the most expensive players on the gridiron.

Babe Laufenberg shows support for kellen moore

NFL teams are not as high on this class of quarterbacks as the media. The NFL has always been a quarterback driven league, so come draft time, someone has to be considered the best quarterback in the class.

What does this mean? A quarterback who would go in say the 2nd to 4th round in a class deep with quarterbacks such as the one in 2012, suddenly becomes a top 10 pick out of desperation. Why: you ask? It’s this little thing called supply and demand. Second tier free agent quarterbacks are commanding exuberant salaries now days. Recent moves made by NFL teams have proven just how valuable Kellen Moore really is to the Dallas Cowboys, who are ranked 28th in the league for available cap dollars: sitting somewhere between $10 and $15 million.

“It’s a very easy thing to say, ‘Go get a backup quarterback.’ Now tell me where to get them. You just can’t dial them up.” – Bill Parcells…

Robert Griffin IIIBack in that deep 2012 class, the Washington Redskins Mortgaged their future to trade up to the #2 spot in order to draft RGIII. In that same draft, they acquired Kurt Cousins in the 4th round. Kellen Moore was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent that same year. Russel Wilson went to the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round, 75th overall. Andrew Luck was the 1st overall pick and has one of the worst post season passer ratings in the league. He was outplayed by his backup, 40 year old Matt Hasselbeck in 2015.

It’s funny how things played out. The 4th round selection got the Gold Mine, and the media favorite got the shaft. The Washington Redskins just used the franchise tag on Cousins to the tune of $19.95 million. That sports fans is only $500,000 less than future HOF QB Drew Brees is making per year. $2 million “MORE” than Matt Stafford and $1.5 million more than Tony Romo earn. Kurt Cousins is not a proven franchise quarterback yet. Cousins was a backup 2 years ago and has one decent season as the starter under his belt. As you can see, the draft is driven by the media and you can’t go on the hype the 2016 media favorites are getting.

How hard is it to find a quarterback in the NFL?

jared goffNFL scouts know that none of the quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class are NFL ready. Over 90% of them “NEVER” took a snap under center in a game or ever called a play at the line of scrimmage. Meaning the odds of any of them being a solid day one starter are zero to none. That sports fans, made a second tier QB like Sam Bradford, become a valuable commodity in the NFL.

How valuable you ask? The Eagles just inked him to a 2 year deal worth $36 million with $26 million in guaranteed money. Tony Romo earns about $18 million a year.  You know there are no decent QBs out there when those two guys (Cousins and Bradford) are commanding that kind of dough. The last of the second tier guys, Brock Osweiler will be retained at a very high price by the Broncos. Back to what Bill said above.

Moving on to the 3rd tier guys: The Jaguars were forced to pay Chad Henne an average annual salary of $5 million per year to retain his services. Who does that leave? Ryan Fitzpatrick, who the Jets will probably have to keep with what Muhammed Wilkerson and other key starters will cost them to retain. Chase Daniel who has been the backup to Alex Smith and will probably resign (unless offered a starting role). Drew Stanton, Johnny Manziel (probably done in the NFL), RGIII (not a good fit in the Cowboys offense), and Colt McCoy who has done nothing at all in the NFL to prove he is any better than Kellen Moore. Slim pickins if ya ask me.

According to Spotrac, the fourth overall pick in the draft will be an estimated 2016 cap hit of $4,135,567: about 1/3 of the Cowboys’ available cap space. Do you want to sacrifice that much valuable cap space on an unproven QB that may or may not translate to the NFL? May not even see the field for 2-3 years, and more than likely wont be as good as Kellen Moore or be able to win the #2 role behind Tony Romo? Back to what Bill said.

Babe Laufenberg on kellen mooreKellen Moore only had two weeks worth of reps with the starters to prepare for his first NFL start and had to face a very tough Bills’ defense. He showed he was able to move the chains and added some spark to an offense that had been stagnant under Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden who were both considered to be veterans with more experience and more polished players. How did that work out?

In his second NFL start, Kellen Moore set both franchise and NFL records (435 YDs 3 TDs). He became the first quarterback in Cowboys history to throw for over 400 yards in his second start (the 4th in franchise history to accomplish the feat), and only the second player in NFL history to throw for over 400 yards in his first start at home.

The fact of the matter is: if the Cowboys go out and sign a cap friendly 4th tier quarterback they will get what they pay for. A guy no one else wanted and he will still cost more than Moore, who is signed through 2016 and set to only go $760,000 against the salary cap. Once he has a full training camp under his belt, allowing him some time to develop chemistry with the receivers and get comfortable in the offense, this will prove to be the smartest move Jerry Jones made in years. Signing a “CHEAP” free agent will bring another Cassel or worse. Back to what Bill said.

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  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Oh man, what a glorious day it is today to have read all of these Kellen Moore badgers on Twitter getting butt hurt over what Jerry had said about not getting a QB with the top pick LMAO!! I know it’s early but believers in Moore like us getting a satisfaction seeing these haters crying a river today ????????????. A lot of these guys are calling Chase Daniel as back up and the funny thing is NO ONE Is Talking about Chase Daniel’s size but immediately bring it up about Kellen!

    I’m just glad the FO begins to see something special in Kellen, like we did lol. Have a great day Cas and thx for the article. Let me go back and laugh at these idiots. What a great day.

    • You’re welcome.

      Wow I haven’t seen it or heard anything about Jerry. I guess I need to log in to twitter and check lol I know the coaches are pleased with Kellen. Every time the media asked about Wentz at the Sr Bowl and combine Garrett mentioned Moore.

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        Yeah, Jerry via Gil Brandt, straight up not taking a QB with 4! If people would just pay attention to Jerry or Garrett earlier interviews, they would have come away with feelings the Cowboys are not touching any QB early.

        • I will stand by my evaluation that Moore was the best QB in the 2012 class. He was snubbed because of his size. If given the chance he will prove to be better than any of those guys. When people wanted Manziel they never mentioned he was the same size as Kellen either. People listen to the media is the problem. They are led like dumb driven cattle. Russell Wilson is smaller, but was drafted because he was a running QB. Too Much emphasis on size and athletic ability and not enough on what matters.

        • I will stand by my evaluation that Moore was the best QB in the 2012 class. He was snubbed because of his size. If given the chance he will prove to be better than any of those guys. When people wanted Manziel they never mentioned he was the same size as Kellen either. People listen to the media is the problem. They are led like dumb driven cattle. Russell Wilson is smaller, but was drafted because he was a running QB. Too Much emphasis on size and athletic ability and not enough on what matters.

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Btw, I meant to say also that Jerry and the Cowboys are about to embark upon another miracle QB find in the undrafted world. Two times in a roll, now that my friend, is the epitome of miracles.

    • I second that that. You can’t coach what Moore has and the fact is, if you look at college production, mechanics, accuracy, IQ etc, the only reason Luck was the 1st overall pick instead of Kellen was his size.

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Btw, I meant to say also that Jerry and the Cowboys are about to embark upon another miracle QB find in the undrafted world. Two times in a roll, now that my friend, is the epitome of miracles.

  • Lionone1

    It’s very nice to feel comfortable with the qb’s on the team as it is, going into the draft. Because you can focus on other positions which they have been doing a very good job the last 4-5 years. I think Dallas tries to sign most of their core players and goes into the draft in good position to continue to build depth. It seems like the team has a lot of holes but, really they are in a good spot. The trick is picking the right guy at 4.

    I’m really curious to see who you guys feel is worth the fourth pick. Without moving back.

    Now I just heard the Cowboys plan on releasing Carr. Possibly Hardy as well so that changes a lot

  • Lionone1

    It’s very nice to feel comfortable with the qb’s on the team as it is, going into the draft. Because you can focus on other positions which they have been doing a very good job the last 4-5 years. I think Dallas tries to sign most of their core players and goes into the draft in good position to continue to build depth. It seems like the team has a lot of holes but, really they are in a good spot. The trick is picking the right guy at 4.

    I’m really curious to see who you guys feel is worth the fourth pick. Without moving back.

    Now I just heard the Cowboys plan on releasing Carr. Possibly Hardy as well so that changes a lot

    • If Tunsil falls I can’t say no, other than that, I would draft Lawson. He is a lil raw, but didn’t regress in production like Bosa did.His arrow points wayyy up and I believe he will be an all pro DE to compliment tank. Later in the 1st or at 34 Nassib. His arrow points way up too and his 10 yard split was the best at the combine. He has explosiveness off the snap. Heck he may end up better than Lawson but is more raw and lacks upper body strength.

      • Lionone1

        Tunsil would be awesome! I wouldn’t be able to pass on that also. I just don’t trust any of these highly hyped top players.

        • Bosa is wayy over hyped and my uncle busted him out too: http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/scouting-report/joey-bosa-2016-de-prospect/

          • Lionone1

            I know I saw that. It reinforced my concern with him as well as Ramsey. You would be ok with Lawson at 4?

          • absolutely and I just watched Talkin Cowboys: ironically he is Nate Newton’s guy too. He blocked some of the best DL ever. I think he knows what to look for

          • Lionone1

            If anyone knows their DE’s it’s you. I’ll keep my eye on him. His draft stock has definitely been rising lately. Nate likes Elliot and Ramsey too

          • he said elliot later, not at 4, but like he said, we need pass rush more than secondary and problem with ramsey is, he is a jones clone better suited at FS I would feel better drafting a true CB like Apple

          • Lionone1

            I like Apple too. I think if they play their cards right they can get some much needed help on the Dline. How we gonna get a 1tech though that seems to be the most important need. Atleast in my mind. Billings might be available in the second round is he better than Hayden

          • This draft is loaded with DTs. If they get Lawson at 4 rankins, billings, reed or Johnson will be there at 34. Personally I would try and sign a proven CB in FA that is one position that more times than not doesn’t translate to the NFL

          • Lionone1

            well since it seems they are going to release Carr and Mo’s fate is uncertain maybe they already have a guy in mind.

          • I hope so, but Broaddus told me no official decision has been made on Carr. To be honest, with a year to develop, I believe my sleeper Yudon, will end up better than any of these DEs. He is an athletic freak of nature and you can’t coach that 1st step. or his core strength

          • Lionone1

            I want more physical players like Skrine and Grimes lol I love watching those guys play. I’ve never heard of Yudon. That first step is crucial combined with technique. Dware was amazing at that. Like a cat

          • skrine was my guy no one is talking about he went 7th round to Cle the year they got Mo. I was chewing nails lol

          • Lionone1

            lol. I would love to see your Mo Claiborne evaluation before he got drafted. Wonder if it was like your thoughts on Ramsey

          • my mo article is in the archives on this site

          • hmm maybe I did that one at Sport DFW don’t remember lol

          • I would cut Mo before Carr. he shut down Brandon Marshal that is no easy task. Lack of pass rush and poor safety play made him look bad

          • Lionone1

            me too. That would be a surprise to me that they cut Carr. He hasn’t been great but he’s better than Mo. The pass rush has been awful for a while now. It’s to bad because the defense improved last year. The Offense was so horrible it makes them look bad

          • I have said it 1,000 times: it all starts in the trenches. Pass Rush wins championships. Landry knew that with Doomsday 1 and 2. Thus, 20 consecutive winning seasons.

          • Lionone1

            What if Mo and Carr gets cut. Now the focus is on CB. I don’t think we will get that defensive front we’ve been wanting for a long time.

          • if the focus is on CB we are in trouble unless they are willing to grab Apple at 4. I believe he is the best CB in this draft

          • Lionone1

            You always find good players at DL. Maybe they have some players in mind. If Carr is gone the Cap space would be at about 18-20mil

          • until the dead money kicks in over the next 2 years.

          • until the dead money kicks in over the next 2 years.

          • I would ride Carr out this year and cut Mo. Carr stays healthy and was by far the best on the outside. draft a guy this year and develop him to replace carr

          • Lionone1

            My thoughts exactly. Scandrick has always been High on Carr. I would keep Carr and look for Mo’s replacement. But Pass rush is key. Hardy was doubled a lot and Law benefited. Crawford didn’t do much. They need that nasty 1tech in a big way.

          • crawford was pretty much playing with one arm and lacked the 1 tech to compliment him. hayden was hired off the street and barely avg. The tampa-2 is predicated on getting pressure only rushing 4. sapp had the 1 tech to compliment him in TB when he went to Oak he was avg at best. Give Crawford the 1 tech and he has double digit sacks

          • Lionone1

            Yes! A lot of people give credit to Dware and Von Miller. Nobody gave credit to Sylvester Nt. He was awesome

          • Rat was undersized for a 3-4, but still disruptive. They did nothing to replace him and the pass rush fell off. Put Rat in this Tampa-2 and OMG

          • Lionone1

            I agree! I was waiting for it until he held out and then ultimately left during a time when the Cowboys really needed him and as a fan really wanted to see him in Marinelli’s defense.

          • wolfe deserves a lot of credit too

          • Lionone1

            Lol go back and watch that game when you get a chance. It was a great defensive performance.

          • I have watched it several times. Jerry needs to comprehend what he lost letting Wade go. He is brilliant, he just needed coachable players. His gameplan was flawless and backed up what I said all along. Force Cam to stay in the pocket and he can’t win with his arm. How do you win MVP with the 24th ranked passing offense? I hate media favorites and always will. He is a RB first QB second.

          • Lionone1

            Lol yep! Same strategy to use on Wilson. Wade had the players to do it too. Anyways, love ya Cas. I can talk football with you all day. I’ll talk to you again around free agency when things get really interesting. 😛

          • OK lion take care and I love ya too. Always good chats with you.

          • I would ride Carr out this year and cut Mo. Carr stays healthy and was by far the best on the outside. draft a guy this year and develop him to replace carr

          • it’s pretty much impossible to talk draft until we see what they do in free agency.

          • Lionone1

            Good point! I usually don’t do a mock draft until after FA. But, I did one assuming the Cowboys would keep most of their Core players on defense.

          • I will do my final mock after FA and I know what the Comp picks are.

          • Lionone1

            You always find good players at DL. Maybe they have some players in mind. If Carr is gone the Cap space would be at about 18-20mil

          • if the focus is on CB we are in trouble unless they are willing to grab Apple at 4. I believe he is the best CB in this draft

          • if thompson is there at 34 I can’t say no. I see the next woodson there at FS problem there is Jones, but Thompson can play SS too. 19 picks in college isn’t a fluke

          • Lionone1

            FS interesting. you comfortable with Jones at CB? SS

          • I would like to see more of jones at CB to see if he can handle it. Having him at SS isn’t a bad idea cuz in the box he can cover the TEs and RBs

          • Lionone1

            I’m telling you Myles Jack in nickle situations covering TE’s. Don’t hit me lol

          • we have had enough injury problems. YOU DO NOT draft injured players at 4! Nate agreed with me on that too lol

          • we have had enough injury problems. YOU DO NOT draft injured players at 4! Nate agreed with me on that too lol

          • If we draft a LB it needs to be a mike and it needs to be Scooby. People are gonna look back like they did when I pushed Burfict and say Damn, why didn’t we listen to Cas. Mark my words lol.

          • Lionone1

            I’m telling you Myles Jack in nickle situations covering TE’s. Don’t hit me lol

          • I would like to see more of jones at CB to see if he can handle it. Having him at SS isn’t a bad idea cuz in the box he can cover the TEs and RBs

          • Lionone1

            FS interesting. you comfortable with Jones at CB? SS

          • if thompson is there at 34 I can’t say no. I see the next woodson there at FS problem there is Jones, but Thompson can play SS too. 19 picks in college isn’t a fluke