We Want Moore, We Want Moore; Dallas Should Turn to BSU Grad
The resume speaks for itself...2 time All-American. Heisman trophy finalist. 50 wins...most ever by an FBS quarterbacks.
However, at the bottom of all those number lies one more...zero NFL pass attempts.
QB Kellen Moore experienced the best of times at Boise State University, helping maintain the team's image of "the little mid-major that could". Tallying 153 touchdowns in four years of commandeering the blue field, Moore enjoyed one of the most prolific college football careers in history.
A college football legend struggling to find success in the NFL is nothing new. We're reminded every spring of the professional misfires that were Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Akili Smith, etc. Heisman mainstays like Jason White and Eric Crouch never attempted a throw in the NFL.
With Moore, though, it's different. No matter how many obstacles he's had to face, he remains in the league, eagerly awaiting that opportunity when his number is finally called. As the backup quarterback of a Dallas Cowboys team whose war is lost primarily due to poor offensive play in the absence of injured superstar quarterback Tony Romo, Moore has never been in higher demand, and the chances he could see action increased significantly this week when it was reported that he took first team snaps this week.
The 26-year old Moore had the odds stacked against him from the minute his career in Boise blue ended. Scouts were skeptical of his professional future almost immediately due to his size. Standing at exactly 6 feet, barely above his high school height, Moore was undrafted in the 2012 Draft, but was picked up almost immediately by the Detroit Lions. Upon the arrival in Motown, Moore stated that "I don't think there will probably be a more motivated quarterback".
Our sample size of Moore is small, though intriguing. He has taken up time mostly in the latter stages of preseason games, which admittedly, isn't the greatest source for discovering new talent. The fact remains, however, he's shown the potential necessary to show he deserves a shot in the league. In his last action as a Lion, he put up a 16-22 line for 150 yards and a score. In each of his preseason appearances in 2014, the former Boise Bronc posted a 100+ passer rating.
Now, with the Cowboys' season of hope pretty much in shambles, they have absolutely nothing to lose. The idea of somehow making up the two games they trail the rest of their division by is crazy, so why force the fans to suffer through three more weeks of Matt Cassel? It's could be the jolt of life this dormant Cowboys offense needs to at least make things interesting as they play out the string.
Finally, it's truly a long shot here, but remember how the Cowboys discovered Romo, their franchise quarterback for about a decade now? They put him in as a reliever for a veteran in a prime time game against a team from New York. Romo was also an undrafted college superstar, albeit on a smaller scale at FCS/Division I-AA Eastern Illinois, who was called in a 2006 Monday Night Football game to relieve Drew Bledsoe. Romo has been Dallas's MVP since, evidenced by the tailspin they've gone on in his disappearance due to injury.
Speaking of Romo's injury, we don't know what kind of shape Romo will be in next season when he comes back. We've already seen injuries take their toll on another superstar quarterback in Peyton Manning, and Romo could be next depending on how that collarbone heals. The Cowboys, sooner rather than later, will have to start thinking about who Romo's heir. The 2016 draft class, while talented, doesn't have any can't miss prospects. But like Taylor Swift famously once said, "what you're looking for (might) be here the whole time" (I might be paraphrasing). There's no guarantee that Moore will be the new Romo, Warren Moon, or Kurt Warner. However, you never know unless you try, so with nothing to lose, it's time to test out your potential future.
Time will only tell if Moore gets his elusive NFL shot. It could be fun. It could fail. But one thing's for sure...he has paid his dues. It's time.
Geoff Magliocchetti should just see The Force Awakens again, but will instead, for whatever reason, to suffer through tonight's Cowboys-Jets game. Make fun of him on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
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