Experience is the word that keeps coming up when members of the dallascowboys.com staff are asked about Kellen Moore. Apparently the same rules didn’t apply when hiring the head coach, Jason Garrett. He had no experience as an offensive coordinator or head coach at any level.
Experience never seems to matter when Jerry Jones’ rookie draft picks start games every year. Lets be real Cowboys faithful: there are a lot of guys with NFL experience who are standing in the unemployment line. Despite all of this experience, Matt Cassel finds himself on his 5th NFL team. His current 0-2 record, 3 interceptions to 1 TD and a passer rating of 58.5 in a Cowboys uniform explains why.
Experience can’t make up for not having what it takes to succeed in the NFL with any type of consistency. I don’t care what a player did once or twice five or more years ago. The NFL is a what have you done for me lately league. At the end of the day, Matt Cassel couldn’t win a starting job in college either. Yet someone was willing to give him an opportunity to sink or swim at the NFL level. Unfortunately he is sinking on his 5th NFL team. I want someone to give me a logical explanation why the winningest QB in NCAA history has been denied a chance to sink or swim when a guy who was never even a starter in college got that opportunity?
If this idiotic experience logic the Dallas Cowboys front office is standing behind had any merit, Tony Romo wouldn’t be second all time in career passer rating. In fact, there wouldn’t be any QBs in the NFL at all. Do you remember back in 2006 when the Cowboys were off to a slow start under the veteran Drew Bledsoe; (the former franchise QB of the NE Patriots who had led them to a Super Bowl), and despite all of his experience, Hall Of Fame HC Bill Parcells benched him mid game and brought in the kid with “NO” experience, Tony Romo?Â How did that work out? I’ll tell you, the Cowboys went from 3-3 to 10-6 and a playoff berth.
If experience is playing a role here, it’s a lack thereof by the head coach, Jason Garrett. When he was asked about Weeden’s poor performance he said he gave us the best chance to win and then the very next game he started Matt Cassel. I am confused: if Weeden gave them the best chance to win, why the switch? All we heard in the press conferences was what a good job he was doing. Next it was what a good Job Cassel did. Obviously he is talking in circles. Flip-flopping like the politician he is.
Reality check Mr. Garrett: the Cowboys lost 5 games in a row. The last two with the so-called experienced QB who had not only the benefit of a running game, but a defense that allowed less than 14 offensive points per game and the added benefit of having Dez Bryant on the field Sunday vs the Seahawks. Cole Beasley is 2nd on the team with 22 receptions behind the veteran Jason Witten, who has 38. The sad part is, everyone said that Beasley’s production is a result of Dez Bryant being on the field. The truth is, he hasn’t had a single catch with Cassel at the helm despite being open a lot. Dez Bryant being back made no difference at all. Even having two catchless games under Cassel, he remains 2nd on the team in receptions.
Matt Cassel, despite his experience, (much like Brandon Weeden), is going off of his presnapÂ read and many times stares down his receiver. Not having the mental capacity to make all 5 reads following the snap; is not only the reason the Cowboys are ranked 29th in scoring, but 24th in passing yards.
The Cowboys are ranked 6th running the football (127.6 YPG) and 8th in total defense. Let’s not blame Cole Beasley, or ask what happened to him: It’s the QB’s inability to get through his progressions and find the open man. If Cole was second on the team in the absence of Bryant, despite having no catches the week before, and his success is really based on Dez being on the field:Â he should have had multiple catches Sunday.
Matt Cassel averaged 3.9 yards per pass vs the Seahawks (97 yds for the game). Obviously he was in safe mode in an effort to avoid multiple interceptions. However, one of the few shots he did take down the field, went right in to the hands of Richard Sherman. Thank God Dez Bryant knew how to play defense and broke up the play.
Obviously Jason Garrett’s lack of experience combined with refusing to listen to his offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, and not playing Kellen Moore, is why the Cowboys lost five straight games.
If you ask anyone who is adept at watching tape and grading players, the one thing they will all tell you; is Kellen Moore does an excellent job of getting through his progressions, making good reads, and finding the open man. He consistently uses all five eligibles, sustains long drives, scores a lot of TDs, and most importantly, he doesn’t turn the ball over. Just imagine where Tony Romo, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and many others would be, if someone hadn’t pulled them off of the bench and let them play without any experience. The Cowboys 2-5 record proves beyond a reasonable doubt that experience didn’t matter one bit. At this point the Cowboys have nothing at all to lose by giving the kid a chance.
You can buy in to the experience mantra all you want, but the fact of the matter is: The Cowboys are 29th in scoring and 2-5. Scott Linehan had to water down his offense Sunday and play conservative football because he doesn’t trust his QB to protect the rock. He wanted Kellen Moore in Dallas because he trusts him. But hey, no one listens to him either.