Coach Jason Garrett liked Kellen Moore’s ability to convert on third down, complete passes over 20 yards and move the offense across the 50-yard line.
That’s what Garrett said Monday after Moore’s first NFL start, a 16-6 loss at Buffalo on Sunday.
And that’s why Garrett is starting the former Boise State quarterback on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, despite consistency issues and a quarterback rating of 45.5, which is 73rd best in the NFL this season.
“I think he’ll learn from those experiences, get another week of practice under his belt and give him another opportunity,” Garrett said Monday.
“He did a lot of good things in the game. Statistically it wasn’t an overwhelmingly positive line score for him. ... They have a lot of different fronts, a lot of different pressures, a lot of different coverages behind those pressures, and I just thought he managed all of that fairly well. Our third downs got significantly better. ... Unfortunately, collectively as an offense, we weren’t able to move the ball consistently well enough down the field and make the plays we needed to.”
The Redskins have clinched the NFC East.