KC Chiefs: Matt Moore adds backup quarterback depth in unique season

Quarterback Matt Moore #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Quarterback Matt Moore #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs have re-signed quarterback Matt Moore to a one-year deal. Normally, this probably doesn’t happen, but 2020 looks to be a unique NFL season.

When the Kansas City Chiefs made the decision to sign Chad Henne over Matt Moore, it appeared their decision was made as to who would be Patrick Mahomes‘ backup in 2020.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the 2020 NFL season has the makings of being a much different season than what we’re used to. That’s why the Chiefs bringing in more quarterback depth is a smart move.

In a typical season, the Chiefs roll with Patrick Mahomes as their starter and likely Henne as the backup. Jordan Ta’amu might land on the roster and have some kind of offensive role (Taysom Hill-type player maybe?), but only becomes the starter if injuries occur to both Mahomes and Henne.

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With COVID-19, however, it’s possible players could end up testing positive and having to miss a few games as a result. If that’s the case, you don’t want to be relying on undrafted free agents to fill in during that time (no offense, Shea Patterson).

The Chiefs now have Mahomes, Henne, Moore, and Ta’amu on their quarterback roster and while it’s obviously still possible that the four of them test positive at the same time and have to miss a few weeks, they’ve played it safe by adding another quarterback to the mix.

Moore was signed last season when Henne got injured during the preseason and ended up being HUGE for the Chiefs in 2019. Mahomes went down in week seven against the Broncos and it didn’t look good for him or for the Chiefs in that moment.

Instead, Mahomes missed only two starts and without Moore’s heroics during the absence, the Chiefs don’t end up with the two seed in the playoffs. We all know how important that ended up being.

Moore isn’t a game changer at quarterback, but all the Chiefs needed him to do was to complete throws and move the ball adequately. He didn’t have to be Mahomes, he just had to be an efficient signal caller who could lead the offense down the field and help put up points and he did that wonderfully.

Now the question remains – Who will backup Mahomes to start the season?

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Since Henne was signed first, he’d be my guess, but Moore saved the team last season and that speaks volumes. Suddenly, the backup quarterback position has become an exciting one to watch this summer in camp.