Google+

Should a QB be Judged on Height?

Should a QB be Judged on Height?

 

Recently a story appeared in the media reminding everyone of a still undrafted QB who has proven his skill and talent beyond belief, by the name of Kellen Moore.

 

It’s not news that Moore already knows he’s the underdog when it comes to the NFL Draft in the QB position. Let’s face it, we all feel as if we should cheer on the underdog no matter what. It’s these stories and lives that bring on the hope, tears, and the Hollywood movies and huge memoirs that will be bought, written, and seen by a nation of goobers. These men are part of a ‘Cinderella’ story that never seems to go out of style.

 

The fact will always remain that the NFL is a ‘big man’s game.’ Size dominates, whether it be standing over Center or standing in that Defensive line just staring down the enemy and offering them a glare that would have them running in the opposite direction.

 

Today, however, I would like to remind the NFL that the short and/or scrappy men were actually the ones most interesting to watch on the field. You know, the ones that many will never forget. Even though they either measured less than six feet or weren‘t the ‘A-Frame’ necessary for a QB – they measured so high and so big in talent and skill that they literally knocked others on their pads as they raced by!

 

I bring this up because Mr. Moore is a truly skilled and talented young quarterback who owns statistics that boggle the mind of players and analysts. Right from High School, the stats he has attached to his jersey are great in number, yet he is entering the second leg of his career that’s defined by the one stat he can’t change – he stands six-feet tall…and no more.

 

Moore has been asked about how his height hinders him, or how he thinks it will in the future by reporters. And every time questioned, Moore simply calls forth the industry standard and says, “It is what it is.”

 

He’s already got enough trouble to deal with. He’s a rookie, trying to make his way in the NFL where his other contenders and men in that ‘superstar’ QB position are, in the end, far taller than he. But Moore doesn’t seem to sweat it, saying that this type of situation is not exactly shocking or new in his life.

 

Here’s the frightening part: Moore, perhaps, will be overlooked completely. This is a young man who established a new NCAA record with 50 career victories, where he threw for 14,677 yards and 142 touchdowns, coming away with wins in all but three of the games he started in four years. With all that, he received only one call from colleges. Reportedly, he was offered a tryout at Oregon State, and after driving almost three hundred miles was told that the team was only interested in quarterbacks that stood 6-foot-2 or taller.
Another tryout came his way finally from Boise State, where they found him to be “cerebral.” The very smart coaching staff at Boise was beyond impressed that Moore was intelligent and they loved his preparation time, skills and how well he could get hit and jump right back up. (Brett Favre, anyone?)

 

It didn’t take long for Moore to become the ‘whisper’ around the sports arenas that, although he may be small, he was the toughest QB playing on any field. You would think after working so hard and proving himself for so long that the NFL would’ve heard all the whispers and not turned around and overlooked this stellar athlete yet again. But this is exactly what happened in last month’s NFL Draft – they looked at the 6-foot stature, and he ended up right back where he’d been before. A 50-3 record, 24 straight wins, a contender for the Heisman Trophy for four straight years; even with everything listed, it was unexpected that Moore would even arrive as a draft pick until very late in the proceedings – if at all.

 

Above all, and certainly unlike any sportsman I’ve ever seen before, Moore kept positive through the whole thing. In fact, he was amazed just watching it play out. By the end of the sixth round, he was conversing with teams that wanted to bring him into an NFL rookie camp as an undrafted free agent. Because of this particular title, Moore has gone into these things with pure fire – the most motivated quarterback on the field.

 

Is Detroit the place? Well, the Lions already have a franchise QB – Matthew Stafford – as well as a veteran backup QB, Shaun Hill. Apparently, however, there was something that the executives saw when they evaluated Moore, and even the GM  Martin Mayhew, talked about his being cerebral and how well he anticipates things. And, again, this young man stayed truly positive and was actually excited about the whole experience. He raved about working with Stafford and Hill.

 

Being a man of average proportions is difficult when racing for the job of NFL QB. Most everyone – scouts and coaches – will simply read off what they want like a robot that they wish to be built:

6’3”, 215 pounds – that‘s our guy!

 

But as we’ve seen over the years there are really only two types for this position. One is the rock-and-roll star who truly wants to run, jump, slam into the defense, get their helmet knocked off – everything. Yes, they will throw over heads if need be, but mostly they think about getting down and dirty when they hit that field. Along with this complete lack of fear, these are also the QB’s who can see the entire field. They know what’s coming, what’s behind, above, in front, on the side – and they are the cerebral ones who have the ability when it all comes crashing down to take the ball and get their own touchdown if need be. (Young, Favre…you get the picture, here).

 

On the other sideline exists the more elegant throwers. Yes, they can ‘hurry-up offense’ with the best of them, as long as it’s all planned out ahead of time. They don’t think well on their feet. They simply rely on their arm and the skill of their receivers to get open and get the score. They are amazing to watch – usually tall and tower above the rest on the field (Manning, Montana), but they are truly the ones without the ‘scrappy’ attitude that is sorely needed in this game.

 

Frankly, Moore will find himself a home because more and more coaches will begin to come around to the fact that they NEED the one that can play dirty and will do anything they have to in order to get that ball into the End Zone. When this occurs (and it already is) more and more positions will open for Moore. And, by the way? These are the QB’s that make the game of football seriously fun to watch.

 

Forget height…we need talent!

This Moment in sports is brought to you by: www.befirstinc.com

www.roadtrekin.com

www.franchisecounselor.com

Entertainment

Spectacular Disaster Flick Depicts Real-Life Events Surrounding BP Oil Spill

  Deepwater Horizon Film Review by Kam Williams Spectacular Disaster Flick Depicts Real-Life Events Surrounding BP Oil Spill On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded when high-pressure methane gas blew out the drill pipe. 11 members of the crew perished in the ensuing fiery inferno which engulfed the platform. The accident also caused the worst oil spill in U.S. … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

More Than a Score

  ACRONYM TO FOLLOW by Peter Brav   Finally Our Day has come There’s a Day for everything For doughnuts, siblings, eight track tapes Grilled cheese, daughters and sons to work Encouragement, Alzheimer’s Coffee, math, chewing gum Blasphemy, yo-yos And now finally One for us Truly a Day to celebrate National Don’t Shoot An Unarmed Brother Doctor King Not Seeing Progress George Orwell Laughing It Is So About the … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE XS Series Bow Sights

  Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE XS Series Bow Sights By Brad Fenson As an avid bowhunter, I’m always looking for a sight to not only help me acquire a target accurately and quickly but provide adjustability while being lightweight. It might be a lot to ask for but with a wide array of hunting situations, you have to be selective in your equipment to ensure you are always successful in the long run. The Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE™ XS was … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

There Are Superheroes Among Us

  There Are Superheroes Among Us by Amy Lignor   This story truly proves that a superhero does not require a cape, tights, or the ability to fly. In a world where all headlines seem to be centered around who shot who, who is being put upon, who’s “getting away with it” – all the way to who is getting divorced and who may or may not be kneeling at NFL games – negative stories seem to be the only ones covered anymore by the media. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two New York, NY (August 10, 2016) — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published in the U.S. and Canada by Scholastic has sold more than 3.3 million copies in North America to date.Scholastic announced a first printing … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

  Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky” by Amy Lignor   Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Doing Our Part

  Doing Our Part by Amy Lignor   There are books being published as of late – wonderful books telling the stories of amazing wildlife rescues, as well as neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. that have taken on projects to save the wildlife in their own surrounding areas.   We always talk about these “success stories,” yet never actually give information on exactly how these “problems” turned into “victories.” … [Read More its Good for You...]