Kellen Moore has never taken a regular-season snap in the NFL. His professional playing experience spans 16 preseason games.
But that didn’t stop Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan from using terms such as “cool customer” and “uncanny” to describe Moore on Wednesday.
There’s no question that Linehan believes Moore has the ability and talent to play in this league, and it might only be a matter of time before he gets that opportunity. Matt Cassel remains the Cowboys’ starting quarterback for now, but that is subject to change the rest of the season.
Maybe the Cowboys just didn’t want Moore’s first exposure to come against the fifth-ranked Jets defense on national television. Or maybe giving Moore a look is easier justified when the team is officially eliminated from postseason contention.
One thing is clear, though – Linehan is Moore’s No. 1 fan.
“There’s no bigger believer in Kellen Moore than myself,” Linehan said. “There’s probably a few guys back in Boise and some guys back in Detroit that already know that. But I believe in him.
“In the same breath, we’ve got I think our rallying cry is that it’s not just the quarterback position even though the quarterback position has to play better. We made the decision this week that we’ve all got to do better for the quarterback position. If we do that we’ll be able to get this thing turned around and move forward. But we’ve got all the confidence in those guys, whoever we have in the game to do the job.”
Moore certainly had an impressive college career, going 50-3 in his time at Boise State. But there are questions about whether his size and arm strength will translate successfully to the pro game.
Count Linehan among those who feel it will for Moore.
“He is a cool customer,” Linehan said. “His anticipation and timing are good. He sees things as they develop. It’s not like you have to have to have a guy open to pull the trigger.
“He sees the guy. He sees shadows of guys running routes. Because he’s got to do it from that pocket at 6-feet tall or whatever he is. He’s really got an uncanny knack back there and feel for the game.
“He brings a calmness to the position. He’s got ice water in his veins type of player.”