After the Detroit Lions win over the Cleveland Browns last night an immediate question began to resonate within my head.
Should Kellen Moore be the Lions No. 2 quarterback?
It was a question that I had pondered prior to the season, back when Detroit announced they had signed former Lion, Dan Orlovsky to be Matthew Stafford‘s backup. After last nights game, the question has regained relevance.
Detroit gave the ball to Orlovsky for the majority of the game, hoping the veteran would find a rhythm. However, he never did. Orlovsky was shaky, particularly early. He finished just 12-of-23 passing for 89 yards and QB rating of 61.7 — worse than either of Cleveland’s top two quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel and starter Brian Hoyer.
Moore, who is currently fighting for Detroit’s No. 3 QB job, led the offense to its only touchdown of the night. He found second-year wideout Corey Fuller, who has had a nice camp, for a 21-yard touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the game.
Apparently, I’m not the only one wondering if Moore may be the right guy for the job.
Lots of fan love for #Lions QB Kellen Moore. Remember he had good preseason work a year ago too. Can he move up to No. 2?
— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) August 10, 2014
Caldwell said giving Kellen Moore more reps with the regulars is something he would consider moving forward — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 10, 2014
Furthermore, Moore completed 84.6 percent of his passes and delivered the football on time. The former Boise State Bronco also led three fourth-quarter drives into Cleveland territory, showing great poise during the entire game.
It will be interesting to see how Moore plays against the Oakland Raiders on Friday. If he continues to play well, the question will continue to be brought up.
What do you think? Moore or Orlovsky as the Lions No. 2 QB?