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Kellen Moore Should Be the Guy the Rest of the Way

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.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  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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