Breaking News: Kellen Moore was officially promoted to offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys announced Kellen Moore, former quarterbacks’ coach, is being promoted to the offensive coordinator position. Moore began his career with Dallas in 2015, as the team was eagerly searching for a temporary replacement for the injured Tony Romo. In 2016, Moore suffered a broken ankle in training camp — which actually moved Dak Prescott to the “QB2” role.
In 2017, Moore served as Prescott’s backup. After that down year, Moore decided to stop playing in the NFL. However, the Cowboys picked him up as the quarterbacks’ coach.
Now, Cowboys Nation is not exactly all excited for the change. Many wanted the squad to make an outside hire for the coaching position. The thought is a new voice could be impactful inside coaching meetings, game plans, etc. However, now that Moore is in such an elevated, respectful role, his voice has more impact than in any other time in his career.
Moore played his college games at Boise State, where the offense was one of the most dynamic systems in the NCAA. The offense he ran at Boise was based on different personnel packages, formations, and pre-snap motions (sounds a lot like what has become successful in the modern NFL).
Owner/general manager, Jerry Jones, spoke on 105.3 the fan and gave clarity to who will be the play-caller:
“Make no mistake about it, he’s [Jason Garrett] is gonna be a key guy in what play is gonna be run on that football field. By key, probably have the ultimate responsibility.”
Make no doubt about it, Moore’s ability to be an effective offensive coordinator is completely unknowable at this point. Only the organization could possibly give an accurate estimate of how he will be. Thursday morning, Prescott claimed that Moore has a brilliant offensive mind.
“He’s honestly one of these young genius phenoms in the game. It’s just what he knows. Obviously, he knows the football we’ve been playing and kind of where the game has been going. Whatever it is, the style of play or whatever you want to call it. He’s special. He knows a lot about the game: Just the way he sees the game, the way he’s ahead of the game. He can bring a lot to us, a lot of creativity… something that we need.”
So the quarterback believes Moore has a lot of potential, but Moore has yet to prove anything. Will Moore be the next Sean McVay or Jeff Fisher? All the questions will be answered in August.