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With Season On Brink, Cowboys Need to Give Moore a Shot

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 04: Kellen Moore #17 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up ahead of the game agains the new Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 4, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    While we’re busy fixating on what Greg Hardy did, what Dez Bryant didn’t say and the mysterious disappearances of Joseph Randle and Cole Beasley, let’s not lose sight of the Cowboys’ bigger problem: Their quarterbacks absolutely stink.

    I said Dallas needed to go 2-2 after benching Brandon Weeden for Matt Cassel, but it’s become painfully clear that’s not going to happen. Impossible to fathom that this offense – with Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray – averaged 30 points a game last season. Because right now, whether it’s hapless completions by Weeden or inexplicably taking sacks by Cassel, this offense is the worst in the NFL.

    Since halftime of the Falcons game – that was six weeks ago all the sudden – the Cowboys have played 18 quarters. And scored a whopping four touchdowns. The defense is playing winning football. The offense is playing football that wouldn’t win a Texas 3A State Championship.

    Call me an irrational knee-jerker or credit me for being a nonlinear thinker who refuses to repeatedly ram his head into the same wall, I don’t care. I’m ready to see Kellen Moore. Now.

    Because – repeat after me – it can’t be worse. Can it? The Cowboys passed for a total of 97 yards against the Seahawks. That's with targets on the field named Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten, and an offensive line we still think is among the best in the league. Simply unacceptable. And nowhere else to point the finger other than Cassel.

    Do I know Moore will be better? Nope. He’s never started an NFL game and I won’t pretend to know his attributes. But he’s a favorite of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. And I do know this: Weeden is 0-3, Cassel is 0-2 and the Cowboys’ season is on the ropes.

    Unless something changes radically they’re headed for 2-7 before Tony Romo returns. At that point his resurrection will be irrelevant.

    Drastic times call for drastic measures. The Cowboys have trotted out less. It’s time to try Moore.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.