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

Mauricio Rodriguez

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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?

Let us know in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly  live show Primero Cowboys!

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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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Think Jason Garrett is a Robot? FOX Sports Agrees

Jess Haynie

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Jason Garrett

Cowboys fans have often complained that head coach Jason Garrett is too robotic in his demeanor, media answers, and constant clapping. Yesterday, with most of the country feeling Star Wars fever, FOX Sports tapped into the zeitgeist while also taking a little jab at Garrett’s robot reputation.

FOX Sports released photographs of several NFL personalities as Star Wars character. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were Jedis.  Bill Belichick, surprise-surprise, was a the evil Emperor.

Garrett… well….

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@AaronRodgers12 @CameronNewton @Panthers @Patriots Jason Garrett is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

From 2016 Coach of the Year to punchline, Garrett’s reputation has certainly taken a big swing this season. Things are so bad, they couldn’t give him a C-3PO with matching arms. Oh, the indignity.

Of course, this is all in good fun. Garrett has 12 and 13-win seasons in two of the last three years. 2017 could’ve been very different if not for Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal issues and Sean Lee’s injury. And even now, there’s still a chance the Cowboys can sneak back into the playoffs.

Yes, Jason is repetitive. And yes, he’s no Bill Parcells behind a microphone. But could they at least have made him R2-D2?

At least FOX Sports didn’t make him Jar Jar Binks. That should go to Roger Goodell.

Just for fun, what other Star Wars characters would you compare Cowboys players and other staff members to? Maybe Sean Lee as Boba Fett, hunting down targets in the open field? Or maybe Cole Beasley as Luke, since they’re both a little short to be Stormtroopers.

Have any other good Cowboys/Star Wars comparisons? Share them in the comments!

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott, Offensive Line

Es increíble pensar que ya estamos en la semana 15 de la NFL. Más increíble aún, los Dallas Cowboys que se fueron 13-3 con el sembrado #1 de la NFC hace un año, ahorita cuentan con un récord de 7-6 y unas esperanzas de pasar a playoffs muy, muy pequeñas.

El domingo pasado, a pesar de llevarse la victoria en el campo contra los New York Giants, los Cowboys no recibieron la ayuda que necesitaban alrededor de la liga.

Pero a pesar de ser pequeñas, las esperanzas siguen vivas. Y este domingo, los aficionados a Dallas no sólo apoyaremos a los Cowboys en el Sunday Night Football, sino también a otros cuantos equipos.

Para los Cowboys, ¿cuáles son las combinaciones necesarias?

  • Dallas Cowboys termina la temporada 10-6, ganando los últimos tres partidos. 
  • Que los Green Bay Packers pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Detroit Lions pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Atlanta Falcons o los Carolina Panthers pierdan dos partidos. 

En mi opinión, incluso con Aaron Rodgers volviendo al campo, los Panthers y los Falcons presentan el mayor reto. Y creo, que lo que deberíamos estar apoyando en este momento, es que sean los Falcons los que pierdan dos partidos.

¿Por qué? Porque este domingo, Carolina se enfrentará a Green Bay. Francamente, Panthers es el equipo que más probabilidades tiene de echar a perder el regreso heroico de Rodgers. Panthers también puede vencer a los Falcons en la semana 17.

Así que, mientras los Panthers no podrían ayudar perdiendo, creo que más bien nos podrán apoyar ganando. Sin embargo, los resultados de la semana 15 influenciarán mucho a quien apoyaremos como fans de los Cowboys.

Por ahora, estos serían los resultados ideales de la semana 15:

  • CHI Bears vencen a DET Lions. 
  • CAR Panthers vencen a GB Packers.
  • TB Buccaneers sorprenden a ATL Falcons. 

Claro, dos de estos resultados parecen muy optimistas, pero todo puede pasar en la NFL y sobre todo con equipos tan inconsistentes como los Lions.

Por supuesto que, todo esto no tiene ni sentido si los Cowboys no se van 3-0 en las siguientes tres semanas. El rival más fuerte que le queda a Dallas son los Seattle Seahawks. Con Ezekiel Elliott volviendo esa misma semana, será un duelo increíble en el AT&T Stadium.

En mi opinión, será el partido que definirá de que son capaces los Dallas Cowboys del 2017.

Pero primero que nada, los Cowboys se tienen que preocupar por un partido que puede resultar siendo un juego “trampa.” Un juego trampa, es cuando un equipo tiene una semana muy importante por venir (Seahawks) y subestima al rival (Raiders) que tiene enfrente dentro de los próximos días.

Sobre todo cuando es de visita, estos partidos pueden resultar siendo peligrosos en la NFL y realmente, en todos los niveles de football americano.

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Oakland Raiders Derek Carr (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Y sí, los Raiders han tenido una temporada muy decepcionante en la que ni Derek Carr ni Amari Cooper han sido lo que se esperaba, pero Derek Carr es un QB que puede echarse al equipo a los hombros en cualquier momento.

Todos pueden tener una mala temporada, y ese ha sido el caso para el #4 de Oakland. Sin embargo, si los Cowboys mantienen el partido cerrado en el cuarto cuarto, Derek Carr puede demostrar que tan peligroso es.

Con jugadores clave como Khalil Mack, que por cierto tendrá una batalla épica con La’el Collins, es un juego que no es tan fácil como parece. Sí, los Raiders tienen un récord de 6-7. ¿Y? Los Cowboys tienen un récord de 7-6. Es mejor, claro. ¿Pero realmente es tan bueno como para pensar que será una victoria fácil?

Podemos criticar a Jason Garrett por muchas cosas, pero una de las cosas que no podemos criticarlo, es la motivación que le da a los jugadores. A pesar de muchos reportes acerca de que los jugadores “estaban molestos” con los coaches, definitivamente no han jugado como si se hubieran rendido en su entrenador.

No creo que los Cowboys pierdan el domingo. Pero esperemos que no sólo ganen en la noche, sino que obtengan victorias indirectas alrededor de la NFC.

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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