There has been a lot swirling online about who the most important Dallas Cowboys is this season, Dak or Zeke, the answer is neither of them.
In the duldrums of summer before training camp starts, Dallas Cowboys conversation almost always takes a strange trip. This season the question of who the most important Cowboy has come up and while everyone debates Dak Prescott or Ezekeil Elliott, the answer is neither of them. Sure, when speaking about players, both are certainly a consideration, but in reality the answer is Kellen Moore.
We’ve covered this ad nauseum about the importance of Kellen Moore as a change to the playcalling. We have hashed, and re-hashed, how Moore can evolve the offense to play to the strengths of Dak Prescott, open the running game up for Zeke, even get Amari Cooper and compan open more. I can’t count how many times it has been said that Moore is potentially the one person who can save or destroy Jason Garrett after this season.
So, why are we all of a sudden not mentioning him when it comes to the most important Cowboy? I know, I know, we are talking players. However, I will ask, “Are we?” We know that Zeke is arguably the best running back in the league, we know Dak Prescott has not been playing to his strengths but has won games, we know a full season with Amari should only help. So as for which player? Well, that will depend on if Kellen Moore can put them in position, play to their strengths, and call plays and adjust.
This means each player could be just as important as the next. One game Dak could be asked to carry the team, the next it could be Zeke, and so on. It may not even be game to game as much as it is quarter to quarter, play to play. Without Moore, it doesn’t really matter, we know what we have.
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If we just look at the last few seasons, the Cowboys have been not only predictable in game situations, but also get overly conservative when they are leading at the half. It hasn’t mattered who the players were, it only mattered how the game was being managed and called. Sure, we could argue that Dak taking the next step, Travis coming back, Zeke in top shape, or a full season with Amari could all be the keys, but what if all of them are? Not so far fetched when we look at what Moore needs to do.
So let’s take a small step back. Dak has been asked to play a game that isn’t to his strength. He is not a pure pocket quarterback, he needs to move, be a threat to take off. Zeke has been asked to run into eight man boxes without an audible to change plays. The wide receivers have been asked to constantly win one on one without rub routes, picks, or hiding their routes in any way.
So while we all argue who is the most important Cowboy coming up this season, don’t forget to remember Kellen Moore might be the most important of all. Players play in the system they are given, rarely do they get the full freedom to change, especially when Scott Linehan was involved. It all starts with a simple call from the sidelines, and that all starts with Kellen Moore, the most important Cowboy this season.
- Published on 07/09/2019 at 16:00 PM
- Last updated at 07/09/2019 at 14:36 PM