On paper, 435 yards and three touchdowns looks great.
But if you remember watching the Cowboys’ 34-23 season-ending blowout loss to the Redskins on Jan. 3, you know looks can be deceiving when it came to Kellen Moore’s performance.
The meaningless game had the feel of a pre-season finale. There was absolutely zero on the line. And Moore – a default Plan D starter for Dallas – threw two interceptions, was sacked four times and collected a bulk of his stats after the game was out of hand.
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Still, he was better than Dallas disasters named Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel. And, apparently, his cameo was good enough to win a job.
On KRLD-FM this morning owner Jerry Jones was asked directly if Moore would be the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Tony Romo heading into the season. His answer:
I had hopes for a proven veteran backup like maybe Colt McCoy or Mike Glennon, but we went down that road last year and it was a mess. Some fans even had fantasy thoughts about Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III. But your backup will be Moore, and I think I grow into the thought of it being something other than a nightmare.
“He gives us a great feeling,” Jones continued.
Let’s not get carried away. Great is an exaggeration for sure.
Let’s face it, like most NFL teams, if the No. 1 quarterback (Romo) goes down for more than a month the season will be a catastrophic failure. Moore and his one start is No. 2. Behind him is this year’s 4th-round draft pick, Dak Prescott. Since Moore is only 26, again it makes me scratch my head at the selection of Prescott. If you believe in Moore, why waste a middle-round pick on a quarterback who will merely hold a clipboard during – and perhaps beyond – Romo’s remaining window?
“Kellen is the backup, yes,” Jones explained. “But don’t think of Dak as a project.”
Sorry, but as a green rookie who in college rarely played under center and is now a No. 3 quarterback buried behind an elite starter and a 26-year-old backup, there’s no other way to look at it.
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.