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Who is Chiefs quarterback Matt Moore?

The Chiefs lost Patrick Mahomes to a Week 7 knee injury and don’t know how much time he’ll miss. Time to figure out who backup quarterback Matt Moore is.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Matt Moore on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an AFC matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs on September 22, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Matt Moore performance update, 11:21 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs defense dominated the Denver Broncos and KC managed a big 30-6 victory. Matt Moore replaced Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter and put together a decent performance. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came on a 57-yard throw to Tyreek Hill that the speedster busted open for a score. The Chiefs defense won this game, but Moore deserves credit for putting together a respectable showing in a tough spot. He will likely start in Week 8, but we await word on Mahomes injury Friday after his MRI.


The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a devastating loss in Week 7 when star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Thursday Night Football. He was ruled out within about 15 minutes of the injury, and Matt Moore replaced him in the starting lineup.

The first question on most people’s mind is the extent of Mahomes’ injury. The second question is who exactly Matt Moore is. If you’re a good team, you either see the backup quarterback taking snaps in a blowout, or taking snaps if your starter gets hurt.

Who is Matt Moore?

The Chiefs signed Moore in late August after previous backup quarterback Chad Henne broke his ankle in the team’s preseason finale. It turns out Moore had been working as a scout for the Miami Dolphins and had attended the NFL Combine back in February as part of the group. Feel free to insert your joke about what a joke it is they did not call Colin Kaepernick.

Moore had not thrown a pass since 2017 before signing with the Chiefs. He spent the first four years of his career with the Carolina Panthers, from 2007 to 2010. He then joined the Miami Dolphins, where he spent seven seasons. The most notable season of his career was 2011 when he started 12 games and threw for 2,497 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Dolphins went 6-6 in that span.

He reportedly turned down a couple workouts in September 2018, and it would seem like he was well on his way to retirement. Turns out he was just waiting for the Chiefs to call Moore appeared in the season opener attempting one pass in the team’s season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Otherwise, he’s been holding a clipboard and waiting for his chance.

Well, here it is. It appeared Mahomes dislocated his knee, but the doctors will continue their evaluation. He could miss a few weeks, or he could require surgery and potentially miss the rest of the season. It’s too early to tell, but we know he won’t be back in Week 7. Moore gets the keys to the car in the meantime.