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FRISCO -- Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Wednesday his five-year relationship with Kellen Moore and the age and inexperience of Cooper Rush won't factor into who ultimately lands the team's backup quarterback job.
Moore entered training camp as the Cowboys' clear-cut backup behind Dak Prescott. But Rush has outperformed Moore in camp practices and through the first three preseason games.
Rush began taking some second-team snaps away from Moore in practice Monday,
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, an indication that the Cowboys are at least comfortable giving the 23-year-old undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan more of an opportunity to unseat Moore.
"I just think he's got that moxie,
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, kind of that quiet confidence,
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," Linehan said. "He has a really good grasp of how to play the position."
Linehan will be one of the lead voices in the room deciding who plays backup quarterback once final roster cuts are made Sept. 2.
Linehan has worked with Moore since 2012 when the quarterback signed with Detroit after going undrafted out of Boise State and Linehan was the offensive coordinator for the Lions at the time.
Linehan was asked if his strong relationship with Moore makes it tough for him to consider Rush for the backup job.
it's not difficult at all, too. I have one with Luke McCown. So I have a relationship with all the quarterbacks, no,
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,"I have a relationship with Dak Prescott,
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, so," Linehan said. "I separate them all. You've got to be very objective in your approach."
Moore played in three games in 2015 for the Cowboys and missed all of last season after fracturing his right leg early on in training camp. But he was slated to be the Cowboys' backup heading into camp in 2016 ahead of Prescott. Moore knows the Cowboys' offense well and helped Prescott as a rookie a year ago.
Rush is five years younger than Moore and has yet take a snap in a regular-season NFL game. But Linehan said he won't overlook Rush just because he's young.
the age of them isn't as big a concern as you'd think.",
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,"We went into the season with a rookie quarterback last year,
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, and I don't know that that was part of the plan to begin with,
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," Linehan said of Prescott. "We haven't really assessed that. We've still got two more games. As long as guys are ready
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