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Cowboys Backup QB Situation Shouldn’t be a Concern for Fans

Mauricio Rodriguez



QB Kellen Moore

Throughout this offseason, Cowboys fans, writers, and bloggers have talked about how a backup QB is a need for America's Team. We are set with what looks to be a new franchise quarterback in the form of Dak Prescott, but are we content with Kellen Moore backing him up?

A backup QB is not a player who will take your team to the Super Bowl if the starter is injured.

We forget this sometimes.

Guys like Colin Kaepernick being available gets our attention. Backup quarterbacks study the game, know all the Xs and Os. That's their job. They help starting quarterbacks by telling them what the defense is doing. In a way, they are a coach in uniform. This is what Kellen Moore brings to the table. This is why he has stayed in the NFL.

This is why he is a Dallas Cowboy, and this is why a backup QB hasn't been a need for the Cowboys this offseason.

Most fans are not happy with Moore as QB2, though. That's why we talked about potentially getting a QB late in the Draft. That's why we discussed undrafted rookies Cooper Rush and Austin Appleby immediately after they were signed.

There is a large group of fans who simply do not like Moore as the backup for Prescott. I get it, he isn't flashy. He isn't a playmaker. He is not someone who will carry the team to victory if called upon. He is not Tony Romo.

Tony Romo Being the Backup Last Year Spoiled Cowboys Fans

Last year, we had what was perhaps the best quarterback situation in the league. Dak Prescott -- a fourth round rookie -- surprised everyone with his performance, and sitting on the bench was veteran Tony Romo.

After rehabbing from his injury and finding himself no longer the starting QB for America's Team, we were pretty confident with the team's QB2. He was, after all, our quarterback. Romo is not coming back though. And going from Tony to Kellen as our backup may not feel good.

But let's remember that was not a common situation. It was special in a lot of ways.

Romo's Injuries

I'm a big fan of Tony Romo. I have defended him all my life and will continue to do so. But it is a fact that he was injury prone. Every time he went down, we had to watch backups try to keep the team afloat. 2015 was tough. And I feel like that is a big part of why Cowboys fans are so concerned for a QB2.

We lose sight of what's really important. Dak Prescott is our quarterback. If someone is going to bring a Lombardi home, it's going to be him.

How do you feel about our current QB situation?

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  • George_Johnson

    K Moore has everything going for him to be able to play in the NFL as a backup and possibly even a starter at some point except for one thing. He does not have much season game experience. Fans and even some coaches are not thrilled with K Moore because he looks more like the equipment manager than a NFL QB. Let me list the facts about why K Moore can do the job:
    1. Per S Linehan he really is a veteran in terms of maturity, even though he has not played much. Most think he will be a coach someday.
    2. S Linehan says he has a strong enough arm to play in the NFL. He uses his outstanding pocket passing skills/abilities to overcome or compensate for his physical limitations. He knows his limitations and does not try to make throws his arm will not allow him to make. In his three and one half games he played in 2015 his stats were mediocre but per S Linehan he moved the ball well and did a lot of the right things. Considering it was his first time playing with a first string and he had limited reps to get ready, he did well and should be compared to other QBs in the NFL their first three and one half games.
    3. His strengths are accuracy, anticipation, QB knowledge/smarts, poise, minimizing mistakes, vision down field, finding the optimum receiver, good at his reads, quick release, knows where to move to in and around the pocket, instincts, and consistency. HIs weaknesses are his physical limitations; too small, not athletic, and does not have a strong arm.
    4. He was one of the all time best pocket passers in NCAA history. He came close to breaking several records ( e.g. touchdowns, completion percent and fewest interceptions) and did break a couple records; 50-3 record and completion percent for a freshman. Many games he only played about three quarters because of big leads. If he had the prototypical size he would have been a top draft pick and maybe even number 1 over A Luck.
    5. He seemed to develop these outstanding skills/abilities because he has been relentlessly studying, practicing and playing QB since he could walk as his dad was a coach and he was in a constant football environment. They said he could run an NFL west coast offense in high school from studying and practicing so many NFL tapes.
    6. K Moore was nick named “Mr August” in Detroit because of his outstanding preseason play but mostly at third team and one big game at second team.
    7. K Moore broke lots of Washington State records in high school but also came close to some national records but only played three quarters a game because the team was usually way ahead.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      I have high hopes in Moore as QB2. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who might be worth replacing Kellen. Thanks for reading, George.

  • John Williams

    It’s not about being content, it’s about being as good as you can at as many positions as you can.

    There is an argument made for Kellen Moore, but I think it has little to do with what he can do on the field. Great locker room guy. Great film room guy. But if he’s called upon to play a game or more for you, are we content with that.

    I’d say no.

    Kaepernick isn’t just an attention getter, he’s actually a pretty good player. He’s got skins on the wall and would be a good fit with what Dallas wants to run with Dak. You don’t have to change anything.

    • George_Johnson

      The NFL is about great pocket passing. Kaepernick is not a great pocket passer but a dual purpose QB with a strong arm. K Moore is a master at pocket passing. He can do things most QBs cannot as he plays instinctively and is a very smart pocket passer. He cannot make the rocket throws which probably makes his ceiling a 2nd team QB. I think it would be great to bring in Kaepernick to compete with K Moore. However I doubt Kaepernick could beat out K Moore for the 2nd team QB position. I doubt Dallas will bring in Kaepernick or any other veteran QB as this costs a lot of $$$ and takes away from the reps/playing time for K Moore who they want to get ready to play and be the 2nd team QB.

      • John Williams

        “K Moore is a master at pocket passing.”

        George? I know your Kellen Moore love runs deep, but you can’t really believe this.

        Master’s of pocket passing typically get drafted and given opportunities to play.

        If anyone in the league believed this, Dallas would have gotten a 3rd or 4th for him by now.

        With all the quarterback turnover that has happened this offseason, there were zero rumors about Kellen Moore being a trade target for teams.

        Moore is a backup quarterback and we don’t even know if he’s good in that role. There is zero evidence to suggest that Moore can or will be a successful NFL quarterback in his career.

        • George_Johnson

          “Master at Pocket Passing” may have been too strong of a statement considering he is constrained by his physical limitations. However, don’t take my word for it but take S Linehan’s word who should be one of the top QB experts in the world. S Linehan has said K Moore can be successful in the NFL and is confident in him as his 2nd team backup. Many people including football experts do not think K Moore can even play in the NFL because of his physical limitations especially his lack of a strong arm. S Linehan has said his arm is strong enough. He has also said K Moore knows his limitations. I used the words “master at pocket passing” because of his instinctive, consistent and smart pocket passing skills/abilities which he uses to overcome or compensate for his physical limitations. His college coach, Peterson, who is not known to be outspoken said and I quote, “He is the best pocket passer I HAVE EVER SEEN”. I assume he has seen T Brady, Payton Manning and Drew Brees but maybe not. I would go so far to say he may be one of the best ever at a combination of accuracy, anticipation and pocket passing smarts. The rest of the NFL will probably not get on board about K Moore without K Moore proving he can play well consistently, because of his physical limitations. K Moore has shown a taste of what he could do in 2015 in three and one half games but his play was overall mediocre from a stat. standpoint. He did throw 435 yards against Washington but Washington was using a lot of backups. With more reps/experience he should improve on this play as this was his first time playing against first team defenses. As I have said I wouldn’t be surprised if K Moore outplays D Prescott in preseason games.

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Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Since becoming the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Rod Marinelli hasn't had too many of his former players follow him to Dallas. In fact, I can only think of one… Henry Melton, and we all know how that turned out.

I don't know about you, but I found that a little strange. It's pretty common for coaches to try to bring some of their players with them when they accept a new job. Familiarity goes a long way in the NFL and former players can also help make the transition easier for everyone.

Strangely enough, Rod Marinelli hasn't really been afforded that luxury, whether it was his doing or not. But, there is a free agent who played under Marinelli's tutelage in Chicago who might make sense for the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Shea McClellin.

Rod Marinelli was the defensive coordinator in Chicago when the Bears decided to draft Shea McClellin 19th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Marinelli likely had a big say in that decision, and if he still feels the same, a reunion could be in order.

Shea McClellin started his career in the NFL as a 4-3 left side defensive end playing opposite Julius Peppers, but was also viewed as a potential Brian Urlacher replacement. He showed flashes of becoming a solid defensive end his first few years in the league, but was eventually moved to linebacker, where he seemed to find a home for himself.

Shea McClellin

New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin

After his contract expired with the Bears, the New England Patriots decided to bring him aboard to help with their linebacker depth. He only ended up starting four games for them in 2016, but made some memorable plays to help the Patriots become the Super Bowl champions.

Unfortunately, the 2017 season wasn't very kind to him. His entire year was wiped out due to a concussion, which probably had a lot to do with why they recently released him.

This of course could be good news for the Dallas Cowboys. They currently need some depth at the linebacker position and Shea McClellin could provide that, if he's healthy. The healthy bit here is key, because he has had problems with concussions in the past.

If McClellin is indeed healthy, he could bring a versatile skill set to the Cowboys defense. His best spot is probably at strong side LB (SAM), but I think he could play middle linebacker (MIKE) as well. He also could provide depth at defensive end, the position he played to start his NFL career.

With the LB depth a concern, Shea McClellin makes quite a bit of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, his past history with concussions is a red flag, but it also drives down his asking price. I think he would definitely fall into that "bargain shopping" mentality the Cowboys have been using these last few offseasons.

He probably wouldn't be viewed as a very important signing, but you still need these types of players on your team in order to succeed in the NFL. Let's see if the Dallas Cowboys agree.

Do you think a Rod Marinelli and Shea McClellin reunion is in order?

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Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys

Jess Haynie



Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys

Now that he's signed with the Washington Redskins, cornerback Orlando Scandrick joins a lackluster list of former Cowboys players and coaches who have gone from Dallas to its historic rival. The history of these moves is ugly for Washington, going back over 40 years, and can't have their fans too excited anytime they sign an ex-Cowboy.

The most recent example was just last year with defensive tackle Terrell McClain. After a strong season as a 15-game starter in Dallas, McClain got a four-year, $21 million deal to join the Redskins. He missed four games with injuries and was only credited with two starts; hardly what the team wanted given the money they paid.

Before him it was Jason Hatcher, whose 11-sack season for the Cowboys in 2013 got him a four-year, $27.5 million deal from Washington. Hatcher would battle knee injuries for two season, getting only 7.5 sacks from 2014-2015. His early retirement in 2016 brought an abrupt end to a disappointing tenure.

Continuing the legacy of defensive linemen was Stephen Bowen, who Washington paid a shocking amount of money ($27.5 million over five years) to in 2011 to pick up in free agency. Bowen had a great first year for the Redskins with six sacks and 16 starts, but injuries would soon cost him 14 games from 2013-2014. He was eventually released after only one standout season in four with the team.

Going back even further, DT Brandon Noble joined Washington in 2003 after being a full-time starter for Dallas for over two seasons. He would miss all of 2003 with a knee injury, have an unimpressive year in 2004, and then missed all of 2005 with more health issues. He retired after being released by the Redskins in 2006.

Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys 1

Hall of Fame CB Deion Sanders

Orlando Scandrick won't be the first cornerback to go from Dallas to Washington, or the best. At age 32, Deion Sanders was released in 2000 by the Cowboys and then got a huge seven-year, $56 million deal from the Redskins. This came less than a year after Daniel Snyder bought the franchise and was desperate to get them relevant again.

The Sanders move backfired horribly. Even after a solid season by his lofty standards, Primetime was disgruntled with both the coaching staff and his increasing struggles as an aging player. He suddenly retired after just one season of the seven-year contract.

Washington also tried to tap into the Cowboys' glory days when they signed receiver Alvin Harper in 1997. Harper had left Dallas in 1995 and spent two years with Tampa Bay, but had not carried over the same success he enjoyed playing in the Dallas offense.

The Redskins hoped that reuniting him with Norv Turner, who had been Harper's offensive coordinator and was now their head coach, would help Alvin get back to form. But between ongoing injuries and the absence of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith as teammates, Alvin Harper was never the same guy as when he won two Super Bowls in Dallas.

The failed poaching attempts go back many more decades, another one being running back Calvin Hill. The fourth-leading rusher in Cowboys history and a four-time Pro Bowler while in Dallas, Hill joined Washington in 1976. He served as a backup only, averaging only 3.8 yards-per-carry as he played behind the likes of Mike Thomas and John Riggins.

Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys 2

Norv Turner also couldn't bring his Cowboys success to Washington. (Brian Bahr/Allsport)

The bad history doesn't stop with players. The aforementioned Norv Turner, who was one of the hottest assistant coaches in history after the Cowboys first two Super Bowl wins in the 90s, was hired as the Redskins' head coach in 1994.

Turner's run started with a whimper, drafting quarterback Heath Shuler third overall in that first year. Shuler would go down as one of the biggest QB busts in NFL history

Norv's Redskins never seemed to recover from that blunder. He only had two winning seasons and one playoff appearance from 1994-1999, and was fired midway through the 2000 season.

Far more recently, Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan left the team in 2015 and took the same job in Washington. He didn't get to bring the offensive line or DeMarco Murray with him, though. As such, the Redskins have remained one of the league's worst rushing teams for the last three seasons. They fell to a new low of 28th in the NFL in 2017.

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Of course, none of this means that Orlando Scandrick won't have success in Washington. But with the Redskins generally the most mismanaged team in the NFC East, all of the Dallas players and coaches who've gone there have not walked into good situations. For all that Cowboys fans love to complain about Jerry Jones, he handles the owner and GM roles better than any pair Washington's had in almost 30 years.

Given the nature of the rivalries, we naturally can't wish success for Scandrick or anyone else who leaves Dallas for a division opponent. With the track record we just discussed for Washington, it's not something I'll be losing any sleep over.

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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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