Let’s rewind back 365 days.
This time last year, Tony Romo was the starting quarterback, Kellen Moore was his backup, and Dak Prescott was simply a fourth rounder fighting for the third string job. Each and every fan had legitimate questions about the Cowboys QB2 job, especially considering Tony Romo’s injury history.
After injuries to both Romo and Moore, it was up to Prescott to save the day. Luckily, he did just that.
A year later here we sit. Dak Prescott is now the unquestioned starter, and those questions about the backup quarterback spot have seemingly faded.
The problem still persists, however.
Kellen Moore has assumed the backup quarterback role for 2017, running unopposed throughout this entire offseason. Despite some better options being out on the free agent market, and Moore’s own inconsistent play in 2015, I don’t understand why we shouldn’t be concerned about the Cowboys backup quarterback.
Oh, and Kellen Moore is objectively bad. Or at least he was during his short stint in 2015.
I get that Moore is a film junkie, and was a valuable asset as the inactive quarterback last season, breaking down film of opponents’ defenses weeks in advance. And, I get that there is intrinsic value in this skill, and something the Cowboys coaches look for in their quarterback depth.
But the fact still remains that if relied upon to play meaningful game time, I don’t believe Kellen Moore has proven he can produce. Yes, there is a ton of offensive talent around him, and you’d expect any capable quarterback to survive under these Cowboys circumstances.
But are we sure that Kellen Moore is totally capable?
I don’t mean to sound as if I’m just hating on the player, as I do think he deserves a shot to be the QB2 in Dallas. But that should be a shot to compete. Preferably to compete with an established veteran who has proven they can win games at this level when called upon.
Instead, Moore is the assumed backup, with no competition in sight. So I ask, why shouldn’t the Cowboys bring in some competition for Kellen Moore’s job?
Why is it that other players must compete each year to have the kind of job security it seems the Cowboys have bestowed upon Moore?
If the competition was presented, and Kellen Moore beat them out, then I am totally okay with that. But to this point, no one has even been asked to challenge for Moore’s position. And if it weren’t for his injury, Moore would have been the week one starter in 2016.
Yes, over now Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott.