Moore Showed Promise Despite Lack of Reps

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Kellen Moore completed 68% of his passes despite only having 3 practices with the starters and he shared those reps with Cassel.

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As I expected, Moore experienced some growing pains, but showed promise as he set a season record of 10 completions to wide receivers in Saturdays loss to the Jets.

kellen moore vs jetsMoore did something Cassel has been unable to do and showcased good vision and a quick release against an all out blitz by connecting with Dez Bryant for his first NFL TD. In fact, this was not only the most completions (4) Dez Bryant had since Cowboys’ franchise QB Tony Romo played a full game against Miami, but the first time he scored a TD since then.

There were questions about Moore’s size and arm strength, but there was plenty of zip on his passes.He showed great vision and utilized all 5 eligibles rather than checking down a lot. He showcased the ability to throw darts in to tight windows, sell the play action and sold the pass on the quick pitch.

It was obvious he knows the offense better than the veteran Matt Cassel and Scott Linehan was able to get more creative in his play calling. Cowboys owner, president and general manager, Jerry Jones, sometimes needs to see a player himself to get an understanding of what he has. Prior to this week, he had never seen Moore with the ones.

Jerry Jones said:

“He’s got a lot of poise, he really knows the offense: it’s not to say that Cassel didn’t, but uh, he’s been in it more than Cassel has, so uh, he did, he does have a better understanding of it. It was obvious that he’s got instincts. Very Good instincts.”
“I was reminded on that first possession. It was that first possession when he had the interception? That was Romo’s, that’s what happened to Romo the first time he got in there. Tough spot, but for a guy who got his first NFL snap tonight, there’s some positives there, no question.”

“Linehan has been on the table for him (Moore). Wanted him in camp, wanted him on the team. Just felt that he could really execute the offense and uh, I was overall, even though he had a couple interceptions, I was overall really very pleased, and I’m hoping for the storybook ending.”

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Team leader and future Hall of Fame TE Jason Witten said:

“Kellen got a few reps with us this week and I think he did a good job. He came in there and took command, trying to compete and make some plays. I think he did a good job on some drives and gave us an opportunity to get the field goal there at the end. Collectively we need to do better, I think he did a good job adjusting and I think our offense did a good job adjusting to him coming in.”

What was the difference to the offense with Kellen out there?

“I think he did a good job getting some completions out there. He kept some drives going. There was good tempo, umm, it’s not really my job to evaluate that position, but umm, I thought he did a good job of umm, communicating well, and, and making plays, and extending, we had some opportunities uh, as I said on that final drive. So, uh, I know people will focus on the interceptions and turnovers, but uh, I thought he did a really good job coming in.”

Interceptions aside, Kellen did move the ball pretty well. Arm strength maybe not necessarily his strength, but what is it that allows him to be successful out there?

“Well he’s got really good instincts, he understands the timing, great communication, umm, the ball comes out and he knows where he wants to get it, and he takes that approach so, uh, for a lot of us, that was really the first time getting the live bullets there. “

“But umm, I did, I think he did a good job seeing the coverage there, he knew where he wanted to go, and found ways to put drives together. And that’s not easy to do against a good defense and,, and he did it.”

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said:

“Why didn’t they bring this guy in sooner?”

Phil Simms said:

“I don’t even care about the turnovers. He came in and showed great poise, accuracy and command of the offense.”

Former Cowboys coach, Dave Campo said:

“Well,, I was impressed with him. I think he gets rid of the ball quick. I think he sees what’s out there. He’s not a guy who will take a lot of sacks. I don’t think you win 50 games in your college career and only lose 3 not knowing how to play.”

Super Bowl 30 MVP, Larry Brown said:

“I agree coach. As a backup quarterback you don’t take very many snaps. I think he showed great poise, he took command. I mean your only doing scout work, which is pretty much for the other team.”

“So for the kid to come in and have not played a down during the regular season, with the poise that he had, and I liked when he came in he was smart. Let me get Witten involved, let me get Dez Bryant involved right away. And that’s what he did.”

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Film Study:

  • Moore showed good poise in the pocket, command of the offense, did an excellent job of recognizing the blitz, made quick reads, and threw darts in to tight windows. Has a short compact throwing motion that allows for such a quick release. Obviously had a complete understanding of the offense. Showed excellent anticipation. Excellent footwork and did a nice job selling the play action. Showed excellent pocket awareness and knew when to throw the ball away. Wont take many sacks. Made good calls at the line. Communicated well with the players.
  • Paid attention when the DB dropped out of cover 2 and immediately went to his next read finding Witten. Was able to see when Beasley cleared the linebackers and threw a bullet in between three defenders where only Bease could catch it. Went through his progressions fast enough to successfully target and hook up with all 5 eligibles. Showed mental toughness and answered his first pick with a well orchestrated TD drive. Showed elite read react skills and burnt them on the all out blitz finding Dez for his first NFL TD.

Overall, Moore had 3 days of shared reps with the starters and completed 68% of his passes despite 4 drops. Posted a season record of 10 completions to WRs and used all 5 eligibles. He converted on 3rd n 13. Threw darts in tight windows and scored a TD on an all out blitz during his second NFL drive.

I don’t know what people expect from a player who got thrown in to the fire against arguably the best defense the Cowboys faced all year. Cassel had the whole bye week to prepare and has had 7 weeks of first team reps, yet couldn’t complete passes to WRs, score TDs or convert on 3rd down despite his 11 years of experience. Moore looked pretty good getting thrown in to the fire against a ferocious Jets front 7. That is something to build on. I wish our safeties could make reads like that and fly the whole way across the field to pick off a well thrown TD pass to Dez.

kellen moore vs jets

At the end of the day, from an analysis standpoint, if Moore had gotten the first team reps for the last eight weeks, I honestly believe the Cowboys would be sitting atop the NFC East. If he could find a way to get Dez involved while facing arguably the best CB in the NFL, Darell Revis, the first time he saw the field, he could win some games. In 8 games Cassel played in, he only once sported a completion percentage of 68: his average for the season is 58.3. So much for all of the experience we kept hearing about. Matt Cassel completed an average of 45.8% of his passes over the last three games and boasts a passer rating of 44.8. With 11 years of experience his average passer rating is 70.6 for the season.

Moore had 3 practices of shared reps with the starters. Cassel had the bye week and 7 more weeks. Moore did a lot of things Cassel hasn’t been able to do despite getting thrown in the fire against a top defense. He completed 10 passes to WRs (season high) not a bunch of check-downs, converted on third down, Set Dez up with his first TD in 4 games on an all out blitz, had completions to all five eligibles, and despite four drops and a tipped ball by a DL in his face and a couple throw away’s, he completed 68% of his passes.

Nick Eatman busted on Moore’s passer rating. Cassel had 8 weeks of reps and has 11 years of experience, and had a 41.5 last week and 13 this week. He was 2-23 on third down and couldn’t find the endzone. In Moore’s mere 2 quarters of football he converted three 3rd downs despite drops in the red zone resulting in a FG rather than 1st and goal and scored a TD on his second drive of his career.. I think Moore did pretty damn good having almost no reps with the starters, There is something to build on with him. I don’t ever remember seeing a QB ball out his first time off the bench having no reps with the starters nor having attended training camp & OTA’s with that team.

Dez Bryant: 4 completions for 50 yards and a TD.

Cole Beasley:   3 receptions for 37 yards and 3 drop

Terrance Williams:  2 receptions for 13 yards.

Jason Witten: 5 receptions for 48 yards.

Brice Butler: 1 reception for 16 yards.

Darren Mcfadden: 2 receptions for 13 yards.

Saturday vs the Jets. Kellen Moore completed 17 of 25 passes for a completion percentage of of 68.0 the very first time he took an NFL snap. Our in-house scout, Al Beam, is going to do a follow up article on the success of top QBs the first time they took the field despite having had attended training camp or OTA’s and taking all of the first team reps. Kellen Moore showed us all one thing: a whole lot of promise. . His first NFL Highlight Reel had 13,876,651 views in the first 24 hours. I don’t know how you feel, but it’s obvious he is already a fan favorite.

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  • Johnathanknt

    Man Cas, I was so happy for so many reasons.  Finally, the world gets to see this special player.  Kellen is going to get a lot of hate just like Romo has, but one more thing for certain, this kid has the “it” factor like Romo.  The game savvy was definitely there like using his eyes to move the safety and selling the pass for a run.  You just don’t see that with Weeden nor Cassel.  

    Even when he signed with Detroit, for some odd reasons, i saw visions of him wearing a star and going down as one of the best of the game.  Be it premonition or what not, he is here like my vision and from what he had shown, he sure did impressed Jones and JG!! That’s what important.  It’s not what you and i and the haters think, it’s the brass!!  With one full week with the ones, we will see the old Kellen Moore we love again.  There is no doubt about that in my mind Cas.  Nice article, love it!

  • Johnathanknt

    Man Cas, I was so happy for so many reasons.  Finally, the world gets to see this special player.  Kellen is going to get a lot of hate just like Romo has, but one more thing for certain, this kid has the “it” factor like Romo.  The game savvy was definitely there like using his eyes to move the safety and selling the pass for a run.  You just don’t see that with Weeden nor Cassel.  

    Even when he signed with Detroit, for some odd reasons, i saw visions of him wearing a star and going down as one of the best of the game.  Be it premonition or what not, he is here like my vision and from what he had shown, he sure did impressed Jones and JG!! That’s what important.  It’s not what you and i and the haters think, it’s the brass!!  With one full week with the ones, we will see the old Kellen Moore we love again.  There is no doubt about that in my mind Cas.  Nice article, love it!

  • Johnathanknt Thank You. I agree 100%

  • Johnathanknt Thank You. I agree 100%

  • Californy

    There was no doubt in my mind what Kellen Moore could do.  The only thing that concern me would he get a shot here in Dallas

    I must admitt I dont watch Propaganda video, and post game interview, but I had to watch what they said about Moore.  It was obvious JJ hesitated when he talk about Cassel evaluation.  he quickly change the topic when he reporter ask why it took so long to make the change to Moore

  • Californy

    There was no doubt in my mind what Kellen Moore could do.  The only thing that concern me would he get a shot here in Dallas

    I must admitt I dont watch Propaganda video, and post game interview, but I had to watch what they said about Moore.  It was obvious JJ hesitated when he talk about Cassel evaluation.  he quickly change the topic when he reporter ask why it took so long to make the change to Moore

  • Californy

    It Obvious to me the Cowboy brass dont know how to evaluate qb.

    How strange that Brandon Weeden may go to the play off on a team he been with for 3 weeks, lol.

    I am not saying Brandon a good qb, but point out the fact you dont need a good qb to win as long as you have the player around him.

  • gcarr1213

    Tony Romo’s first pass ever was an INT. Manning’s rookie year, he had more INT than TD. Manning is one of the greatest ever. Just saying. Moore came in with limited reps mid game, against a top 5 defense, which is slightly more known for their secondary. He will just have to learn how to read a S better. If he can learn how to freeze a S in place, just like Romo, he will be fine. He gets the ball out quicker than Romo for sure. The offense had a lot more swagger when Moore stepped in. They were obviously waiting for a change, with the way they reacted, but they just won’t throw anyone under the bus. That is unless it’s Garrett, and it’s not a decision he made.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy Well Broddus thought Moore did fine, but said he has to improve, which is true. But Eatman is a known hater of Moore. He never liked him, suggested that he obviously wasn’t better than Cassel, since he sat behind him. Well tell that to Bledsoe and Carter who started over Romo. Kellen Moore is actually the 4th string QB.

  • Californy

    The part I didnt like about Moore is the fact the Cowboys are trying to win with him.  I believe he tried to hard, force some things he normally doesn’t do, but overall I was very pleased with his performance considering he hasn’t thrown a pass in almost 4 years .  I just hope we can develop him to answer the back up qb position need we have on the team.

  • gcarr1213

    Moore was far from perfect, those two INT were bad, I won’t credit him for the third since it’s a hail mary. If Moore started the game we probably win. He didn’t settle down until the 2 minute drill.

  • gcarr1213

    Beasley hurt Moore with that drop that was a first down at worst. But then I don’t know what the coaches were thinking throwing inside the 10 on second down on Moore’s second INT.

  • Californy

    I must admit I like what Moore did  in what the game gave him, the first and long and the 2 Minute drill.  What he did there he will only build his NFL resume with.

  • Californy

    A touchy moment from me was when Linehan put his hand on Moore back and sent him in to his NFL career.  It like a father sending his son into the world or School for the first time

  • gcarr1213

    Californy This is just me, but the fact that Romo and Cassel were there to help him speaks volumes, it’s almost like Romo is passing the torch.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 You did notice Moore didnt give up on Beasley, he will make him into a better wr than what we seen in him this year

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 Moore didn’t go to Beasley for a while, he went back to him late in the game. But he looked Beasley’s way once I believe earlier, and Beasley was open, instead he throws to Witten.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 Californy I just hope Moore can make his critics eat Crow, I hope he take the Brady mental approach with the NFL and play with a chip on his shoulder.  I love player who defy the odds, at Brady Romo and Emmit.

  • Johnathanknt

    Bease had uncharacteristic drops Saturday and that was unfortunate, but i truly don’t think you will see that from him again.  He’s just too good to make those mistakes on a consistent basis.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 I must give Cassel some credit, he was there to give Moore some support on his first interception he threw in the NFL.  I could now tell he is a team player at Cassel.

  • Johnathanknt

    Californy gcarr1213 He will Californy.  I have no doubt about that.  I’m just happy that they let Kellen out of the cage.  Let the opponents deal with that beast lol.

  • gcarr1213

    The only thing that will stop Moore is Jerry and Garrett. If they let him keep playing and give him time and reps, Moore will only get better. I really do want Moore to succeed, Dane Brugler said Moore just wasn’t an NFL QB. I hope he proves everyone wrong, that he doesn’t need to have all the measurables to be good. No one wanted guys like Warner, Brady, Fouts, Romo, and they all came back and threw their doubts right back in their faces.

  • gcarr1213

    Boise fans were in full support last night of Moore as well.

  • Californy

    Johnathanknt gcarr1213 I may lift My Dallas Boycott with a Kellen Moore Jersey should they continue to develop him, lol

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 I could of swore I saw that Pitch in the Boise game plan to Mcfadden, it had the same success it had in Boise.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 It’s a play that’s been run here before, just came as a surprise, since we don’t use it enough. Well disguised as well. I swore they were going to run it up the gut.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 The part that Critics cant ever measure is a player heart and love for the game.  Im sure Kellen is his worst critic, and he was probably guy one in the film room making those corrections.

  • Californy

    In Tonight game there was a comment about protecting the back of the end zone.  You can apply this Moore second interception at the back of the end zone, I believe WR need to catch the ball in front of the end zone  to protect player from jumping in front of them.

  • Johnathanknt

    Californy Johnathanknt gcarr1213 Oh, you can bet your sweet little behind i’m getting Kellen’s jersey for me and my boy lol.  Next to the Manster, Kellen would probably my favorite..oh, and Sean Lee of course 🙂

  • Californy

    Johnathanknt Californy gcarr1213 I heard your son a qb, how nice he could be a guy your son can look up too.

  • Johnathanknt

    Californy Johnathanknt gcarr1213 I’m signing him up if Kellen opens a camp like he has in Detroit.  My son is 12 now so it’s time.  He loves him some Romo and Kellen lol.  Good start eh?

  • Californy

    Linehan has a son in college, he is the team qb.  In many way I assume Lineman wished he could be coaching him there.   I  like to see linehan continue to coach Moore even if we get a new HC in Dallas

  • Johnathanknt

    Californy That throw was pure rust too from Kellen.  He even admitted it in the interview.  He said he held on to the ball too long.

  • gcarr1213

    Johnathanknt Californy I didn’t feel that was Dez’s fault at any point. Because he runs that same play with Romo, and he normally just carries the route only to stop for it when the ball is there. Moore held onto it too long.

  • gcarr1213

    Johnathanknt Californy I didn’t feel that was Dez’s fault at any point. Because he runs that same play with Romo, and he normally just carries the route only to stop for it when the ball is there. Moore held onto it too long.

  • gcarr1213 that many youtube hits in 24 hrs is amazing lol

  • gcarr1213 that many youtube hits in 24 hrs is amazing lol

  • Johnathanknt true, but in his defense, it takes rec’s a minute to get used to that left handed spin on the ball.

  • Californy Linehan has a lot  of faith in him

  • gcarr1213 Californy I agree.

  • gcarr1213 Californy I agree.

  • Californy gcarr1213 like a veteran, he went right back to him to help him keep his confidence and let him know he trusts him

  • Californy gcarr1213 like a veteran, he went right back to him to help him keep his confidence and let him know he trusts him

  • Californy

    CowgirlCas22 Californy I believe he know him as well as his son.  I believe he has worked with him as much as he has worked with his son the last couple of years.  Kellen could of gone elsewhere but he chose a OC who know him, and a OC offense he knows.

  • Johnathanknt

    gcarr1213 Johnathanknt Californy Yep, Kellen admitted too in the interview.  Just normal rust.  Timing will come.

  • Johnathanknt

    gcarr1213 Johnathanknt Californy Yep, Kellen admitted too in the interview.  Just normal rust.  Timing will come.

  • gcarr1213

    After clarification Marinelli said the play that Byron got burned on was supposed to be cover 2. Wilcox was late coming over, but because Byron trailed it looked like it was his fault. Byron took the blame, but coach says different.

  • gcarr1213

    After clarification Marinelli said the play that Byron got burned on was supposed to be cover 2. Wilcox was late coming over, but because Byron trailed it looked like it was his fault. Byron took the blame, but coach says different.

  • gcarr1213 i saw that when I watched the tape

  • gcarr1213 i saw that when I watched the tape

  • gcarr1213

    The fact that the Cowboys just placed Romo on IR tells me, the coaches nor the owner care about the well being of their players. I understand if you happened to make the playoffs you want your star QB under center, but seeing as how he broke his collarbone twice during the same season, it would have been best to IR him. I am ashamed of the decision that was just made when it should have been made the day after Romo got hurt again.

  • gcarr1213

    The fact that the Cowboys just placed Romo on IR tells me, the coaches nor the owner care about the well being of their players. I understand if you happened to make the playoffs you want your star QB under center, but seeing as how he broke his collarbone twice during the same season, it would have been best to IR him. I am ashamed of the decision that was just made when it should have been made the day after Romo got hurt again.

  • gcarr1213 it’s sad when u think about it, but Tony is a competitor and probably insisted he gets a chance

  • gcarr1213 it’s sad when u think about it, but Tony is a competitor and probably insisted he gets a chance

  • Wade

    15 of 25 is correct… 1 of Witten’s 5 and 1 of DMC’s 2 were from Cassel…

  • Defense 28

    gcarr1213 I have been saying it since day 1 Wilcox is awful please get me a shut down corner in this years draft and put Jones at safety

  • Defense 28

    if they let him be more aggressive on the drive for field goal who knows maybe we get a TD on that drive

  • Defense 28

    if they let him be more aggressive on the drive for field goal who knows maybe we get a TD on that drive

  • @Wade Ya, I thought of that after. It was zero completions to WR’s from Cassel. NFL deleted that highlight reel that got so many hits. They are penny anny. Cried copyright to youtube.

  • @Wade Ya, I thought of that after. It was zero completions to WR’s from Cassel. NFL deleted that highlight reel that got so many hits. They are penny anny. Cried copyright to youtube.

  • Defense 28 If Bease didn’t drop that slant it was first and goal. Moore will move the chains. Especially with more reps