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Kellen Moore is the right man for the Cowboys, Jones says again

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore is flanked by wide receiver Dez Bryant (left) and starting quarterback Tony Romo (right) during a practice this month in Irving, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore is flanked by wide receiver Dez Bryant (left) and starting quarterback Tony Romo (right) during a practice this month in Irving, Texas. The Associated Press

Backup quarterback Kellen Moore remains a hot topic among Dallas Cowboys fans because of his inexperience and the uncertainty of whether he can win games in place of starter Tony Romo.

The team’s inability to win games without Romo was the biggest reason for their 4-12 finish last season.

The Cowboys were 3-1 with Romo and 1-11 without him after he twice fractured his collarbone.

Moore was 0-2 as a starter in place of the injured Romo, throwing four touchdowns with six interceptions for 779 yards and a quarterback rating of 71.0.

Owner Jerry Jones understands the concerns on the outside, but said he believes in Moore.

“It’s a question of judgment,” Jones said Wednesday on KRLD/105.3 FM. “Don’t ever question whether I would be doing something before I would leave us naked at backup quarterback if I thought we didn’t have one.

“Moore has shown us he has inordinate instincts. Look at his won-loss at a high level in college (Boise State). He does, at the end of the day, many things that can’t be coached. He has a natural feel for getting the ball timely and an awareness of what is coming open. I feel we have a very good chance of having an outstanding backup quarterback to Romo.

“He really knows the offense well. Our coaches have tremendous confidence in him. The players do to. I can speak for them. So I feel good at backup quarterback.”

Last month on the same show, Jones said: “I think Kellen Moore has shown the ‘it.’ He has the instincts. He has the anticipation. He knows what’s going on. He gives me and us a great feeling about basically improving. Obviously those interceptions were not something you can live with, but some of the stuff he was doing was obvious the team was responding. He was able to move the team.”

Football fans turned out to Boise bars to watch the former Bronco start his first NFL game.

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