Let’s go back in time, shall we? It’s the end of October and the Dallas Cowboys offense is absolutely humming behind QB1 Dak Prescott and OC Kellen Moore. The running game and passing game form a deadly pick-your-poison method of attack. And everyone on the Cowboys seem ready to eat at a moment’s notice.
Then the injury happened. After suffering a calf injury in overtime of the Cowboys 35-29 road victory over New England, Dak Prescott’s immediate future is in doubt. The Cowboys are forced to make “a game time decision” and sit Prescott against the Minnesota Vikings, thus disrupting that unstoppable freight train that was their offense.
Fast forward to the fourth quarter of that Vikings games. With 2:51 left in the game, trailing 16-13 and a five game winning streak on the line, Rush connects with receiver Amari Cooper on all three targets, going for 56 yards, including the game winning touchdown in the back corner of the end zone.
The Dallas Cowboys improve to 6-1 on the season and all is well in the world. All are happy including the team’s top wideout who enjoyed sharing a good laugh with teammate, Cee Dee Lamb, while in the huddle just before catching the game winner:
"Following a series of chuckles, Coop told reporters the next day, “Cee Dee was like, ‘you gonna let me get this?'” To which Amari responds, “[Heck] no!.” All at The Star couldn’t be happier in that moment."
Kellen Moore showed his stuff. Whispers through a megaphone could be heard of his genius and potential. Then Denver happened. Kansas City took place shortly after. Factor in Arizona and the playoff debacle against San Francisco and all the love from fans seemed to be sapped from Boy Wonder.
Even though Kellen Moore deserves some blame for 2021, the Dallas Cowboys are wise to bring him back.
Is it the right or wrong move for the Cowboys to bring Kellen Moore back as the teams OC and Play caller? Minnesota continued their interest in him being their next Head Coach after seeing first hand what he brings to the table.
The Dolphins want to chat for a second time as well. Why would they continue to have interest after seeing the Cowboys offense consistently be inconsistent against top tier opponents?
Perhaps there are qualities in Kellen that still make him desirable around the NFL?
Since Kellen took over, the Cowboys have finished 6th, 17th, and 1st in points while coming in 1st, 14th and 1st in yards per game.
Kellen’s relationship with Dak Prescott being the main focal point. The fact his body of work shows his concepts have largely been positive. Relationships are important and don’t let anyone tell you they aren’t. Dak and Kellen have been enjoying success together and certainly believe in one another.
Since Kellen took over the OC reigns in 2019, the Cowboys have finished 6th, 17th, and 1st in points while coming in 1st, 14th and 1st in yards per game.
Consider this for one second: In 2020 the Cowboys lost Prescott, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Blake Jarwin, and Zack Martin for the season while running out Andy Dalton, Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci at quarterback. Don’t forget the undrafted rookie at right tackle and a 4th round rookie at center – and they still finished in the top half of the league in yards.
Rumors and speculation fly about why the Dallas Cowboys offense struggled in the second half of the 2021 season. Was Kellen in over his head? Was a certain Jones member meddling with how Dallas ran their offense and who they ran onto the field? Was Dak really healthy?
Whether he’s hired or not, if Moore really was sinking under the pressure, he surely wouldn’t be getting multiple second interviews to be an NFL head coach.
Many fans lost faith in the future when the offense stated struggling. But having Kellen Moore return and continuing to build on the continuity with the team’s franchise quarterback should still be considered what’s best for the team. He’s young, smart, and still developing as a coach. He’ll figure this out.
Let’s hear from you. Why do you love/hate the idea of Kellen Moore coming back?
- Published on 02/01/2022 at 17:01 PM
- Last updated at 02/01/2022 at 14:03 PM