Kellen Moore: Detroit Lions QB Needs Strong Showing vs. Ravens to Make Team

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 15, 2012

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 12: Kellen Moore #17of the Detroit Lions throws a pass during a rookie mini camp  at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore will go down as one of the best college football quarterbacks of all time. He holds the record for most wins by a starting quarterback, and had four of the best years that college football has ever seen.

When the Lions took a chance on Moore and signed the Washington-native to a contract immediately following the draft, many people pegged him to steal the backup quarterback job from Shaun Hill.

That doesn't look like that will happen, though, as Moore put on a pretty terrible showing against the Cleveland Browns in the team's first preseason game.'s Peter King had this to say:

America’s pulling for Boise’s Kellen Moore to make the roster, and I think Jim Schwartz is too. But Moore didn’t help himself with a 4-of-14 performance (with three drops) against Cleveland. Arm looked below average, which had football cognoscenti saying, “Told you so.”

There is nothing worse for a quarterback than being too short and not having a strong enough arm. All the flawless decision-making in the world cannot do anything for Moore if he is too short to throw over jumping defensive lineman and too weak to reach a downfield target.

The Lions only have a serious need for Moore if starting quarterback Matt Stafford goes down with an injury. He has been known to catch the injury plague from time to time, so Moore's chances of making the team go up just a little bit because of that.

Unfortunately, he is not going to make the team if he doesn't show the coaches something in the team's second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

It did not look like things would go well for Moore from the time he took his first snap against the Browns. He made some poor short-range throws and saw a few accurate passes get dropped by his receivers.

You could see early on that he had a problem throwing the deep ball. His unfortunate night culminated in an interception in the final minute that ensured the Lions would come up short.

If he doesn't turn his play around against the Ravens, he is going to be watching football from his couch this season.

Because Moore can't throw the deep ball, he has to make up for those shortcomings in other ways. He needs to make near-perfect short-range throws and can't take any risks that aren't worth taking.

He is a smart enough quarterback to realize that, but it remains to be seen whether he has the necessary physical tools to play the position in the NFL.

The first step in Moore's quest to prove doubters wrong is to show that he can bounce back from a subpar performance and play well against the Ravens.