Kellen Moore Could Surprise As Dallas Cowboys OC

Head coach Jason Garrett and Kellen Moore #17. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Head coach Jason Garrett and Kellen Moore #17. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys will debut another young, unproven offensive coordinator next season and history shows Kellen Moore could be a smash hit right away.

Former college football star Kellen Moore is set to take the reigns of offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, and this could be a fantastic move for America’s Team.

It wasn’t long ago Dallas pulled a similar move coming out of the brief administration of Bill Parcells in 2006. Having missed out on the chance to hire Sean Payton, who left Parcells’ staff following the 2005 season to become head coach of the New Orleans Saints, owner and general manager Jerry Jones did the next best thing, at least in his mind.

Jason Garrett had just finished his second season as a quarterbacks coach with the Miami Dolphins after having retired as a career backup quarterback in 2004. Garrett had generated interest from just about every team he had played for, most notably the Dallas Cowboys.

The rest is history, and while I’m one of the biggest critics of both Garrett and the manner in which he arrived in Dallas in 2007 – even before head coach Wade Phillips was hired – I will admit he had a pretty impressive first year as an offensive coordinator with the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys looked like a bona fide contender for the first time since the mid-1990s in 2007. They probably weren’t quite as good as their 13-3 record suggested – they did have a couple a of near-misses with two more losses – but they got the home field in the NFC playoff bracket, nevermind they did absolutely nothing with it.

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The point is that Garrett, with very little coaching experience, was able to vault right onto the NFL landscape and start winning games.

Garrett had a 26-year-old quarterback entering his prime at quarterback and the weapons and blocking upfront were very good.

Moore should have the same benefits with a 26-year-old Dak Prescott by the time Week 1 rolls around – there was no Ezekiel Elliott on that ’07 team for sure.

Like Garrett, Moore played little football during his time actually suiting up in professional football. He neither had the arm or the height to be a realistic option as a starting field general. Instead of entering the ranks of offensive coordinator after just a couple of years as a quarterbacks coach, Moore will have had just one.

But in sharp contrast to Garrett, Moore was a star college football player at Boise State and he ran a far more diverse and potent offense than Garrett did at Princeton.

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It’s anybody’s guess as to how the Dallas Cowboys will perform under new OC Kellen Moore in 2019. We won’t have to wait long to find out, but it’s more than noteworthy that Moore has a table that’s set up for success right from the get-go much like Garrett did. In fact, he might actually have some advantages Garrett didn’t have with a true franchise running back and an even better offensive line.

  • Published on 04/24/2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Last updated at 04/23/2019 at 12:42 PM