The Kansas City Chiefs have Super Bowl aspirations this year and they’re not letting anything stand in their way. That includes making sure they have an experienced backup quarterback on their roster.
In case you hadn’t heard, Chad Henne fractured his ankle over the weekend and now will not be the backup quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. The Chiefs acted quickly, and wisely so, bringing in Matt Moore to be the backup to Patrick Mahomes.
Before we get into Moore, let’s discuss the situation with Henne a little bit. He was injured over the weekend in the Chiefs’ third preseason game and would have most definitely been the backup signal caller in a very important season for the Chiefs.
While the Chiefs have two other quarterbacks vying for a roster spot, bringing in an experienced veteran was a smart decision. That experienced veteran is none other than Matt Moore, who the Chiefs expressed interest in signing prior to 2018. They ultimately went with Henne, who didn’t have to do much last year, but was still nice to have around.
As for Moore, he’s most known for his tenure with the Miami Dolphins, where he spent time as both a starter and backup from 2011-2017. During that time, he actually helped the Dolphins get to the playoffs and then started their playoff game for them, which eventually resulted in a loss to the Steelers (who knocked the Chiefs out the next week).
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Moore spent last season out of football, but was on the Chiefs’ radar when they signed Henne to a two-year deal. Even though he hasn’t thrown a pass in the regular season since the 2017 season, this signing made sense.
The other two quarterbacks on Kansas City’s roster are Chase Litton and Kyle Shurmur, neither of whom have any NFL experience. Shurmur has looked to jump Litton on the depth chart throughout the preseason and will probably be the practice squad guy while Litton will likely be cut.
If Moore struggles in the team’s fourth and final preseason game, however, perhaps the Chiefs will roll with one of the younger guys as the backup. Considering Moore is a seasoned veteran and is a similar player to that of Chad Henne, him being Mahomes’ right-hand man is a safe bet.
Signing Matt Moore was a smart move for the Kansas City Chiefs, who truly are in Super Bowl or bust mode this year. If, knock on wood please, Mahomes were to miss a few games, Moore is more than capable of stepping in for a few games. If Mahomes were to miss an extended period of time, however, then I won’t sugarcoat it – That’ll be the Chiefs’ season right there.
Hopefully we don’t ever have to see Matt Moore take a snap as a Chief other than in blowouts. If he’s on the field in a tight game, that’s not a good sign for the Kansas City Chiefs.