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Cowboys News & Notes: Is This The Week We See Kellen Moore?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Moore got some first-team reps in practice this week; rookie starters have embraced opportunity; debunking myths about Jerry Jones.

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Cowboys Backup QB Kellen Moore Gets First-team Practice Reps - Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Kellen Moore will still serve as the back up to Matt Cassel this weekend, but with nothing to lose by getting him on the field the Dallas Cowboys could use this weekend to see what they have in the former Boise State passer.  It would be his first opportunity to take the field in a regular season NFL game despite several seasons of "experience" in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's offense.

"There's no bigger believer in Kellen Moore than myself. There's probably a few guys back in Boise and some guys back in Detroit, but I believe in him. But in the same breath, 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." - Scott Linehan

Cowboys' Rookie Starters Have Embraced Opportunity, Areas For Improvement - Rob Phillips,

If he does get an opportunity to play this weekend, Moore needs to look no further than some of the other young talent that joined Dallas this season to find an example of what is expected of him. La'el Collins and Bryon Jones have set a standard for what is expected of a player who gets an opportunity to step into the limelight. If Moore were to take hold of an opportunity and earn himself the back up role at quarterback this would have to be considered a highly successful season in terms of developing the new guys.

ESPN Analyst: Cowboys Offensive Line One Of Top 10 Position Units In NFL - SportsDayDFW

Sam Monson considers the Cowboys OL to be one of the ten best in the league. Please note that is one of the ten best position groups not one of the top ten lines. When I became a front page writer a few years back this would have been considered progress. Now the news is somewhat flat. This group has the talent to be one of the top three position groups in the league.

This unit isn't what it was a year ago, but it's still pretty formidable. Tyron Smith is having the best season of his career and he, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick each have a spot inside the top three of their position ratings at PFF. Rookie La'el Collins has had more highlight blocks than any lineman in the league in his first season, but too many mental mistakes too, occasionally zoning the wrong way or just flat-out getting beat on the line. He figures to only improve, but Doug Free's performance at right tackle is a drop-off from a year ago. He has surrendered twice as much pressure (30 to 15) as Smith on the other side, and has not run blocked well.

Damien Woody: "I Think Bill Callahan Was A Huge Loss" For Cowboys - Scott Crisp,

Well, just to go back, I think they are one of the better [offensive lines], but I don't know if they are the best right now. I think Bill Callahan was a huge loss. I played under Bill Callahan in New York. I can attest to how great he is as a coach. I think he is the best offensive line coach in football.""Sometimes when you have success and you have the talent sometimes people think we can overcome losses like that because of the talent that they have acquired on the offensive line. I have always said that football more than any other sport coaching matters. - Damien Woody

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee: Injuries Are No Excuse; ‘We Earned’ Our 4-9 Record - Clarence Hill, Jr., Ft. Worth Star Telegram

You are what your record says you are.

Chan Gailey: Jerry Jones' Horror Stories Not True - Todd Archer,

We have all heard them; heck, we have all probably told them. Now one of Jerry's former head coaches gives us his look at what it was like to work for the man who owns the Dallas Cowboys.

"He's a hands-on guy. He's probably the most hands-on guy I've been around as far as an owner goes. It was different, but he was not unfair. He didn't come in and change meetings. All those horror stories you heard, they're not true. He treated us well and allowed me to do my job. It just didn't work out." - Chan Gailey

Hard to believe looking back on things, but Chan was fired for only making it to the playoffs during his two seasons as head coach.

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