But the owner and general manager liked what he saw from Moore, so much so that he believes Moore could be a viable No. 2 quarterback.
“His background and (offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s) background with him and these games, I think he’s got the potential to be a winning (backup),” Jones said. “I think he can ultimately win games in the NFL.”
Moore completed 33-of-48 passes for 435 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s 34-23 loss to the Washington Redskins. In three games of action, Moore had four touchdowns and six interceptions.
Moore did not play a snap in his first three-plus seasons in the NFL, but in his first home start he threw for 435 yards, which is quite a development. He became the fifth quarterback in team history to throw for 400 or more yards in a game. His total yards were the sixth-most in team history.
“I’m really appreciative of the opportunity,” Moore said. “A lot of guys wait in my situation and never get the chance to play in an NFL game. I got to play in a few down the stretch. I felt there were some good things that came out of it. Obviously at the end of the day we didn’t win games, so we have to find a way to do that.”
Moore is signed through 2016, so he should at least get a chance in training camp, no matter what the Cowboys do at the position behind Romo in the offseason. With the fourth overall pick, the Cowboys could look to draft a quarterback.
In the past they committed resources to paying veterans such as Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna and Kyle Orton to serve as Romo’s backup.
In the last two years, they opened up with Weeden, who was making the NFL minimum.
After a 1-11 record from the backups in 2015, Jones sounds as if he will operate differently at the spot in 2016.
“I think it’s the example that we should make our decisions off of, is the consequences and the impact of losing our starter in Romo,” Jones said. “I think this is a great one to put on the wall and say, ‘Now, burn that in your memory, burn that in your thinking when you start thinking about how important backup quarterback is.’”