Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) rolls out against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Kellen Moore Proved He Belongs In The NFL


Criticism of Kellen Moore in 2012 was that he lacked the arm strength needed to be effective at the NFL level. Kellen Moore used the off-season to improve on that and during the 2013 preseason he answered the critics.

During the exhibition season, Moore lead the team in passing touchdowns (4) had a 62.5 completion percentage and a 99.4 quarterback rating.  He also totaled 301 yards on 48 attempts. Long story short, Kellen Moore earned his spot on the team and could figure to take over in the back-up role when Shaun Hills contract expires at the end of this season.

He can probably also be credited for helping some other Lions hopefuls make the team. Joesph Fauira and Theo Riddick both benefited from Moore accuracy by being on the receiving end of touchdown passes.

Tha addition of Moore to this years roster gives the Lions tremendous depth at quarterback.  Not many team can say they are three deep at quarterback. That depth will come in handy in today’s NFL where so much of the offense depends on the having a quality signal caller.

Will Kellen Moore have an impact on the 2013 Lions? If he does it will be because someone got injured and no fan wanted to see that. That said if Moore gets his Tom Brady moment, he has the skills to rise to the occasion.

 

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  • westseadoc

    K Moore will more than prove his original detractors wrong if and when he gets his chance. He doesn’t have a cannon for an arm but it is good enough for anything but the desparate throws and his football IQ is unquestioned and his reads and instincts might be as good as any in the game (or would be with a little more experience). He would be perfect for a possession control offense or one with a powerful running game where passing is largely to keep the defense at bay and for mid range gains to keep the chains moving while eating up time for the other time to get the ball .. if Ponder, for instance, were to fail at Minnesota (with Adrian P), Moore would run that offense perfectly and the Lions would be left crying over their underestimation of this QB. Ponder, with a great arm, tends to pass poorly due to defenses being able to read him easily or he tends to lock in and can’t read the entire field at a glance the way the great ones (Brady, Manning, Favre) do / did.

    • Ron Dulaney

      @westseadoc
      Yes! Well said! And, all the time he’s making those midrange gains and moving the chains, he’s also resting our defense, which has been WAY over worked the last few years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Johnson/686017134 George Johnson

    The experts will be trying to figure out how they missed so bad with Moore by not drafting him. I have followed him his whole career from high school until now. He may be the best QB ever at the mental part of the game. He is very accurate and anticipates very well. He also knows where to step in the pocket and is good at avoiding sacks and interceptions. He is a coaches dream by almost always making the right decision and giving the team the best chance to win. He will likely start some day in the NFL if he can improve his arm strength. He has the potential to set completion and QB rating records. He would be most successful in a west coast type offense throwing the ball all over the field using mostly short to moderate passes. He will never be able to throw the ball while being dragged down and he will never be able to scramble out of the pocket for a big gain.

    • westseadoc

      As much as I admire a mobile QB (and the right mobile QB is a huge asset), mobile QBs might not have that long a 1/2 life in the NFL as DBs are allowed to attack a mobile QB as a running back, whereas in the pocket, they are partially protected by rules and regs. Not have this potential also means that Kellen won’t try except under desparate circumstances or for surprise, in which case the surprise is likely to be successful even if moving ponderously!! Also, he won’t try to make the “throw while going down,” which can be spectacular but is often ill-advised and intercepted. Also, standing in for the last second throw is a wonderful way to end an QB career. I’ll bet, if all stats were tabulated, that the QBs that make the least mistakes for their team will have the largest number of wins. It might be that the spectacular play can determine a playoff or championship victory but you can’t build your team around “waiting for a miracle” to win.