At 3-8, the Dallas Cowboys are garbage yet somehow, they are only two games out of first place of their dreadful division. The Washington Redskins are in first place despite being winless on the road, having Kirk Cousins as their quarterback, the officials throwing flag after flag against them “because of their team name”.
They started the season 2-0 until Tony Romo broke and they lost seven straight games with their semi-useless backup “veteran” quarterbacks. They say “numbers never lie” but when Brandon Weeden has the highest completion percentage for a season in the history of the NFL, numbers can be the worst lier.
Romo was fixed just in time to beat the Miami Dolphins and then broke again in a short week on Thanksgiving against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
Are the Cowboys going to go back to Matt Cassel and expect a different result? They already waived Weeden, so at least they’re not really going to resort to that level of insanity.
This is why they should look deep inside their depth chart and start Kellen Moore. I was there when he won his NCAA record 50th win in the Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State. He may not look special but he is indeed a winner.
The Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan had Moore when he was in Detroit and brought him into Dallas this year. There is at least a connection between the two that’s longer than the other two guys.
“He’s done a great job,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said of Moore to the Dallas Morning News. “Obviously he’s been around Scott Linehan in Detroit, so he has a comfort level with him and with our system. The terminology and some of the nuances and details of our system is different than what he ran in Detroit but I do think he has comfort level with the concepts and how we try to do things.
“He’s just a really smart guy. He’s a real hard working guy. He’s diligent in everything that he does and that reflects in how he’s improved since he’s been here.”
Cowboy analyst and former NFL quarterback Babe Laufenberg said on his Dallas Morning News mailbag that he would like to see something out of Kellen Moore once their eliminated from playoff contention.
“Once you are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs,” Laufenberg said. “I would like to see Kellen Moore get a few starts at quarterback. Find out about him. Sure, there are negatives with his size and arm strength, but if you have him on your roster, let’s find out about him. He had a prolific college career, and was a player who I thought handled his team’s offense as well as any QB this side of Andrew Luck. I am a firm believer in not overlooking productivity, and he was one of the most productive QBs in college football history. Can he be your backup for you next year that can win games? I don’t have that answer. But let’s find out.”
Unlike Laufenberg, I believe Moore should start immediately, but with him recently being added as the backup quarterback, it looks like they need to see another bad game out of Cassel before they see the light. Romo is 37 years old patched together with masking tape and gorilla glue. It’s time to at least look into the future and give Moore a chance. They get Washington twice, the reeling Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills at the time when their incompetence usually kicks in.
If the Cowboys can somehow win the “NFC Least” with Moore, they have their long term answer at quarterback. If not, they’ll be in position to draft high for the next guy.