Kellen Moore Is a Solid Security Blanket for the Lions

J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2012

May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

There is one stat, one number, one clear indicator of success in football that trumps all others: wins

No quarterback in the history of FBS (Division 1-A) college football has more wins than Kellen Moore.

In leading the Boise State Broncos to 50 wins in four years, he did so with an astounding 5:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio while completing 69.8 percent of his passes.

Kellen Moore not only knows how to win, which is vital, but also how not to lose.

That 5:1 ratio demonstrates just how safe Moore is with the football. In a game where everyone loves to toss around cliches involving the correlation between turnovers and wins, few are more careful when passing the ball than Moore.

I don' think this will change when Moore goes under center in the NFL. He is a smart, mature kid who knows exactly what he has to do to help his team win the game without taking risky gambles that could otherwise thwart a winning effort. His game awareness and field savvy make up for any concerns anyone has about his arm strength.

The Lions and their fans can rest easy knowing Moore is in their camp, practicing with one of the league's most potent offenses.

He may not be a threat to Matthew Stafford's job, but he is definitely a security blanket the likes of which the Lions have not had in the past, and the Colts could have used last season.

Should Stafford go down, Moore has the ability and maturity to assume the backup role and navigate an elite offense to the best of its abilities. 

Perhaps one day, he will shine in the right situation and provide the Lions with the opportunity to gain value via a trade.

For now, he is just another reason for Detroit fans to feel good about the future.