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Kellen Moore Should Be the Guy the Rest of the Way

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Now that Tony Romo is done for the year, the Dallas Cowboys' season is basically over. Yes, there's still a small chance the Cowboys can get to the postseason, but they will need a ton of help to get in and they will need to win out. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it's time to forget about the 2015 season and start preparing for the 2016 season.

Knowing that, the Cowboys need to look into who to keep and who to get rid of heading into next year. One player that needs to be looked at is Kellen Moore, a guy who has been on the Cowboys' roster throughout the year, despite not having played a single snap.

When Romo went down with the same left clavicle injury, Brandon Weeden came in the first time and Matt Cassel came in the second time. And with the Cowboys' season now all but over, the smart thing to do would be to find out what exactly they have in Moore.

With Cassel, the Cowboys know what they're going to get. They're going to get a guy who's going to move the football down the field at times, but they're also going to get a guy that is nothing more than a stopgap solution. Playing Moore makes sense because even if he fails, it doesn't matter because the Cowboys at least can see what he's capable of.

Taking the glass half-full approach here, if Moore shows progress, then maybe the Cowboys don't have to spend a high draft-pick on a quarterback. Maybe they can declare Moore as the backup quarterback and the heir apparent to Romo when the latter does indeed decide to hang up the cleats. Moore is unproven. He needs a chance to show what he can do. Letting him start the next few games isn't a bad idea by any means.


An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

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  1. Mike

    November 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I Agree but Cowboys coaches dont believe in evaluating there roster by playing them. There roster is pretty much set for next yr unless someone shows out in mini camp.

  2. Ray Moser

    November 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I think this would be the best decision the Dallas Cowboys could ever make. I have studied football for over 50 years. I have watched Kellen Moore his entire career. This guy is the most natural pocket passer since Joe Montana. I think he will do an awesome job for the Dallas Cowboys.

  3. Gabe

    November 28, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I agree! Good QB he know how to win

  4. Zac Fields

    November 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    There are 5 games left, right?

    Here's my proposal: Matt Cassel plays the next 3 weeks, and Kellen Moore plays the final 2 weeks.

    The rationale is simple: Cassel is a guy they probably want to bring back next season as a veteran backup to Tony Romo, but they need to see as much of him as possible. Yeah they have seen him for four games, but keep in mind he joined the Cowboys just a couple months ago. He didn't get to go through the Cowboys' off-season programs, didn't have the benefit of training camp with the Cowboys, etc. In theory, more experience in the Cowboys' offense should yield better results. I figure another few weeks at the helm would help the Cowboys decide if he's the guy or not.

    Giving Kellen Moore a solid two weeks at the end of the season would be a good tryout opportunity for him. He'll have the next three weeks to get acclimated to the offense and prepare with the mindset of knowing he will get an opportunity to start.

    Two birds, one stone, right? Five weeks of play, and by the end of it you'll know which of these two guys (or maybe both) gets to come back next season.

  5. Bryson Treece

    Bryson Treece

    November 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I disagree. The one thing we know about Cassel is that he's a career backup. Aging, unable to sustain success when he's found it in New England and Kansas City, and virtually no upside. You can't say he starts the majority of remaining games AND say that we need to draft a QB high and start searching for Romo's eventual replacement.

    I don't think Kellen Moore is the answer for the future either, but of the guys on the roster he has the most upside. Let Cassel start next week against Washington and then hand it over to Moore for the next four. Gives him a week to prepare to be the starter, a game to get used to starting, and three games to see what he can do. It basically cements the tanking of the season but what are we really hoping for out of Cassel anyway? Might as well go after the future by looking at guy who still has one.

    This team is too hung up on Tony Romo right now. I'm a huge fan, but it's the truth. He goes down and the season follows him. There are a lot of other areas we need to look at as well but QB is something we have a chance to address with a high first-round selection on the horizon. Let's find out if the young guy we like will make us use that pick on a QB or BPA.

  6. Zac Fields

    November 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    If they're thinking about going after a quarterback with the (potential) top 10 pick they'll have, I don't believe Kellen Moore could do anything to change that. Even if the best-case scenario happened and he showed some flashes, you're talking about a quarterback who will probably be at least 28 or 29 years old by the time he'd get to take the reigns for Tony Romo. Even then, let's not forget he was cut by the Lions after 3 full seasons with the team. I'd think if he struck anyone as a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, the Lions probably wouldn't have let him go.

    The only feasible option for Moore would be to outshine Matt Cassel enough that they'd let the vested veteran go this offseason in favor of having Moore be the veteran backup. But you're still taking a solid look at Goff and Lynch in the draft regardless. From that perspective, I don't know that it matters if he plays 2 games or 4 games really. I still think we need to see more of Cassel because the most likely thing to happen this offseason is Cassel gets retained as a veteran backup. Personally I think even today Matt Cassel is one of the better #2 quarterbacks in the league.

    • Chad

      November 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

      How could he get on the field with Stafford and his 100 million dollar salary in front of him. They also were making the playoffs each year so to put Kellen in wouldn't make any sense but I guess no one has thought of that yet? Stupid people of the world need to think before they speak. Kellen is better than half the starters in this league but he's got a bad perception for some reason, it's not due to numbers. Funny, they let other guys play with terrible college stats…

  7. Zac Fields

    November 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    If they're thinking about going after a quarterback with the (potential) top 10 pick they'll have, I don't believe Kellen Moore could do anything to change that. Even if the best-case scenario happened and he showed some flashes, you're talking about a quarterback who will probably be at least 28 or 29 years old by the time he'd get to take the reigns for Tony Romo. Even then, let's not forget he was cut by the Lions after 3 full seasons with the team. I'd think if he struck anyone as a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, the Lions probably wouldn't have let him go.

    The only feasible option for Moore would be to outshine Matt Cassel enough that they'd let the vested veteran go this offseason in favor of having Moore be the veteran backup. But you're still taking a solid look at Goff and Lynch in the draft regardless. From that perspective, I don't know that it matters if he plays 2 games or 4 games really. I still think we need to see more of Cassel because the most likely thing to happen this offseason is Cassel gets retained as a veteran backup. Personally I think even today Matt Cassel is one of the better #2 quarterbacks in the league.

    The only thing I'll point out about Moore is that he's one of those guys people vouch for by using the phrase "all he does is win." I seem to remember people saying the same thing about Tim Tebow :p. Usually that means he's not really a good quarterback by the usual measurables, but dagnabbit he has been the quarterback of some winning teams!

  8. Bryson Treece

    Bryson Treece

    November 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I'll agree on the rationale but can't use the Lions as much regarding intentions. They already had their starting QB and he played well. Matthew Stafford has been healthy all 4 years that Moore has been in the league. Detroit might have had to cut Moore because he was unhappy about not having a chance to start. The Lions just tucked him away where few could see him so who knows exactly what he can do, outside of preseason at least.

    But I'm looking at it as finding the "next guy" and having him ready to go before the end of the 2017 season. Besides, veteran backups haven't worked out so well for us in the past. I'd rather have Showers out there than Cassel, simply because of the potential upside. If we were still in playoff contention (which is why I said Cassel starts this coming week) then I'd want Cassel out there the rest of the year, but that doesn't look to be the case even if the Giants do lose in the next few minutes. All about balancing what you have verus what you need; right now, we need more than we have.

  9. Zac Fields

    November 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

    InsideTheStar.com User

    How could he get on the field with Stafford and his 100 million dollar salary in front of him. They also were making the playoffs each year so to put Kellen in wouldn't make any sense but I guess no one has thought of that yet?

    He didn't play ahead of Matt Stafford, of course. He got a lot of time in preseason with mixed results. Some years he did well, some years he did poorly. This year he wasn't very good in preseason which likely led to him being cut.

    Better than half the quarterbacks in the league? I don't know how anyone could possibly prove that being as he hasn't played in a single regular season game. There are many failed quarterbacks in the NFL who had stellar college careers. College success often does not translate to NFL success.

    Again, I'd love to see him get an opportunity to play a couple games this season, but I don't have high expectations for him.

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.

Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.

The need for a true WR1

Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.

Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.

How Cowboys Set up High-Stakes Division Meeting with Eagles at Home

Back on top of the NFC East

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.

That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Sean Lee's uncertain future

I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.

The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.

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It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.

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Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Done Pursuing FS Earl Thomas? 1

El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.

Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.

Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.

A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.

La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?

Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.

A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.

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Slot Machine: Amari Cooper in the Slot Could be Even More Dangerous

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Slot Machine: Cole Beasley Out, Amari Cooper In?

Amari Cooper was a dangerous man with the Dallas Cowboys after he arrived via trade from the Oakland Raiders last season. He was one of the big reasons why they were able to turn around a season that looked as if it was circling the drain and I don't think anybody would argue the point. But, I think he could be even more dangerous in 2019, especially if Cole Beasley departs via free agency.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you pretty much know the topic of the Cowboys offseason so far has centered around Cole Beasley and his future with the organization. He has been invaluable in Dallas since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but it's looking more and more as if he could be taking his talents elsewhere in 2019.

With Beasley more than likely moving on, the Cowboys will need to find someone who can replace his production in the passing game, especially in the slot. Everybody assumes Dallas needs to go outside the organization to find that player, but I'm not so sure. I think they already have a wide receiver more than capable of stepping in, and he just so happens to be there first-round draft pick this year.

In case you haven't figured it out already, I'm talking about Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. He has mostly been used as an outside receiver in his professional career, but he does have the skill set and route running ability to be a really dangerous out of the slot. I'm not talking about a full-time move into the slot or anything, just a marginal increase in snaps.

Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

According to Rotounderworld.com, only 12.6% of Amari Cooper's snaps in 2018 were out of the slot. For comparison sake, Cole Beasley's snaps in the slot was 85.9%, the highest of any receiver in the NFL last season. That's a huge difference, not one the Cowboys should try to match with Cooper or any other potential slot WR replacement.

Personally, I'd like to see Cooper's snaps playing out of the slot increased to around 20%. That would put him in Odell Beckham Jr. territory (19.9%), and we all know how difficult he is to cover all over the field. It would likely do the same for Amari Cooper.

I just really like the idea of him having the entire field to work with and the favorable matchup it creates with slot/nickel cornerbacks around the league. Can you imagine opposing defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to contain a player that has the kind of speed and route running ability that Amari Cooper has? They better stock up on Tylenol, because that is a surefire way to get a headache.

This is course is just speculation at this point, especially since we don't know what the Cowboys offense will look like with Kellen Moore taking over the playcalling duties. But if it was me, I'd be doing everything in my power to get the ball in the hands of my best WR, Amari Cooper, and that might mean increasing his snaps out of the slot.

What do you think about using Amari Cooper out of the slot more often in 2019?


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