The Dallas Cowboys are now in full-blown off-season mode. We mentioned last week that changes had begun, but the biggest one hadn’t quite happened yet, although it seemed inevitable. The new offensive coordinator was just waiting to be named, and to no one’s surprise, Kellen Moore got the job.
Moore brings with him some risk, having never been a coordinator before is a big one, but there are reasons to feel good about his hire. There are also detractors who don’t think Moore was the best choice.
No matter what side you fall on, let’s have some patience. We have no way of knowing how well Moore will do and to criticize the move before seeing the offense is silly. Many of us didn’t like the Amari Cooper trade at first and look how that turned out. Let’s give Moore a chance before bashing his prowess as an OC.
Here’s what we know: Moore has been talked about in glowing terms, from his high school and college coaches to guys who have played with him since high school through the NFL, everyone talks about how well prepared he is. They’ll mention Moore’s obsessive film work, his ability to process things quickly and about how smart he is; Moore’s been preparing for this his entire life.
The Cowboys will need all of those traits to help the offense take off. Moore will need to help usher in some new concepts that mesh with how Jason Garrett has constructed the offense. The system won’t change much, but the play calling and creativity should improve under Moore. The offense has the pieces, it’s up to Moore to get the most out of it.
It also helps that Moore has a big fan in Dak Prescott. The current starting quarterback was a big reason Moore got the coordinator job; Prescott voiced his preference to Moore after working with him during his three years in Dallas. It’s always a good thing to have the quarterback and offensive coordinator to be on the same page, which is the case with Prescott and Moore.
The bad news is there is a relatively small window of opportunity to prove his worth. Garrett is on the last year of his contract and he picked Moore to run his offense. If the Cowboys falter and the offense remains stale, Moore and Garrett will likely be looking for new jobs. There is a lot of pressure on Moore to help right the offensive ship, or he might not get another chance for a while.
What we don’t know is how well Moore will do, this is his first coordinator job and we have no idea about him as a play caller. He might have the pedigree to be a great coordinator, but until we see Moore succeed in the role, we just can’t say for sure.
Moore does come from the Garrett tree of coaching, so don’t expect a major shift in philosophy on offense. The hope is we see more versatility, some new wrinkles, and better play calling.
Time will tell if Moore was the right hire for the Cowboys and any definitive declaration right now is meaningless. However, to hear those in the know talk about Kellen Moore, the team made a good choice.
We’ll all find out together.
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