Why Kellen Moore Is the Perfect Backup for Matthew Stafford and the Lions

Tony Giardina@@tonygiardinaCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos warms up before a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Broncos won 48-21 giving Moore his 46th victory and making him the winningest quarterback in NCAA history.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Kellen Moore's college career can be summed up by his four-year record at Boise State: 50-3. Two of those defeats came because of missed last-second field goals by Broncos' kickers. The other was a one-point loss to Andy Dalton and TCU back in 2008. If there's one thing Moore knows how to do, it's win. 

Still, Moore was undrafted this April because of his small size, lack of throwing power, and an absence of any athletic skills. The Detroit Lions signed the rookie quarterback soon after the draft, a smart move for both sides.

The 23-year-old is a perfect backup for Matthew Stafford and here's why. 


Stafford's Injury History

As one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the league, Matthew Stafford will hopefully go on to have a long, injury-free career. However, health is always something that has to be on the minds of the Lions and their fans regarding Stafford. 

Over his first two seasons, Stafford played in just 13 of 32 games due to a knee injury and recurring shoulder problems. He did play in all 16 games in 2011, but it remains to be seen how his body will hold up this year and in the future. 


Aging Shaun Hill

The Lions current second-string quarterback is 32-year-old Shaun Hill. He only threw three passes last season, but struggled in 2010 when he had significant playing time. The team went 3-7 under him and Hill was average at best with an 81.3 QB rating.  

That was two years ago, and Hill is now getting up there in age. He is still a serviceable backup, but gives the Lions stability more than he does ability. He won't let the team crash and burn under his leadership, but there's no potential anymore; what we see is what we get.  


Low Risk, High Reward

One of the main reasons the Lions took a chance on Moore was that there was little risk involved. They didn't have to spend a pick on him and have put him in a place where he can grow and mature as a quarterback. They have the star in Stafford and the established vet in Hill to help him reach his full potential.

The expectations may not be high for Kellen Moore in the NFL, but he has succeeded and overcome adversity every step of the way. He may lack the physical ability that other players have, but he has the will and the winning attitude to be the perfect backup to Stafford.