Jan. 21, 2019
Kellen Moore emerges as favorite to be new Cowboys offensive coordinator
Two years ago, Kellen Moore was the third-string quarterback under Dak Prescott and Tony Romo when the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Fast forward one year, Moore retired from the NFL and immediately got hired as the new quarterback coach for his former team. This move may have shocked some fans, but people on the interior of the franchise know that Kellen has a superior football mind. He is a football guy. At the age of 29, Kellen was one of the youngest coaches in the league and the youngest coach on the Cowboy's staff. Fast forward one more year, Kellen Moore is now the favorite to be hired as the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys at the age of 30. What does this mean?
After setting numerous records at Boise State, Moore went undrafted because of his size, but scouts raved about his football IQ. Moore ended up getting a chance as a backup with the Lions and ultimately the Cowboys where his football IQ was put on display in front of coaches. When the Cowboys were looking for a quarterback coach last summer, Dak was the one who lobbied for Kellen. This means that Kellen Moore must have a great offensive mind. For Jerry Jones to keep a guy like Kellen around, he must have impressed Jerry, Jason, Dak, and the rest of the Cowboys staff with his offensive mind. With that being said, he will most likely not be calling the plays. That duty will go back to head coach Jason Garret. In the past, Garret was the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys from 2007-2012, before taking over as the head coach. He still called plays as a head coach until 2014, when he gave his duties to his former offensive coordinator Bill Callahan.
With Kellen Moore possibly being hired as the offensive coordinator, that leaves a vacancy at the quarterback coach position. It has been rumored that the Cowboys are looking to bring another former Cowboys quarterback to their staff, Jon Kitna. Kitna played in the NFL for 18 years. After his retirement, he went on to coach a high school team for 7 years and is currently the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Fleet of the startup Alliance of American Football league. Under his current position, he works under former head coach Mike Martz who is known for constructing the greatest show on turf with the Rams. Kitna will potentially come back to mentor Dak and continue to improve his game.
With Garret, Moore, and Kitna all possibly on the staff, they will work together to improve the playbook to create an environment to help Dak progress. With all three coaches once being Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks, they know what it takes and should be able to create a fresh playbook for the 2019 campaign. These moves are not set in stone, but it is a big possibility that we see all three former Cowboys quarterbacks on Jerry's payroll in 2019. Most likely they will hold out a few more days before making a final decision, but right now, it looks like Kellen Moore is the odds on favorite.