Kellen Moore Leading Candidate For Cowboys’ OC Job?

Kellen Moore may well be set for a staggering rise within the coaching profession. The 30-year-old former quarterback-turned-quarterbacks coach spent one season on the Cowboys’ staff and has been linked to the recently available offensive coordinator job.

Moore appears to be the favorite to land the position, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes.

Jerry Jones is eyeing an internal hire to take the job Scott Linehan held, and Moore — whom the organization regards as a “bright football mind” after making a strong impression this season as QBs coach — is receiving heavy consideration for the role, per Davison. Tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier is also a candidate, Jones said.

Regardless of the Cowboys’ hire here, Jason Garrett is expected to call plays next season.

Dak Prescott will play a “significant” part in determining his next OC, Jones said. Jon Kitna, who also backed up Tony Romo for a time prior to Moore’s arrival, is joining Dallas’ staff in a to-be-determined role — one that ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter said would be as the Cowboys’ QBs coach. Moore rising from reserve quarterback to OC within two years would be a Romo-esque leap within a profession. Moore, who made two starts for the 2015 Cowboys, retired as a player in January 2018.

The Cowboys are not expected to make any more outside hires, according to Stephen Jones (via the Dallas Morning News’ Kate Hairopoulos, on Twitter). The current staff’s roles and titles are being discussed.

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9 comments on “Kellen Moore Leading Candidate For Cowboys’ OC Job?

  1. crosseyedlemon

    If you stand in the sunshine long enough everyone appears “bright”. Next week Jerry will announce one of the ball boys has been promoted to director of player personnel.

  2. Breezy

    I just really hope this isn’t Jerry doing someone that he likes, from in house, a solid. Because they were in love with this guy as a QB.

  3. TheBarNone

    Well he was coached by Chris Petersen who is one of the best X and O guys out there so that is helpful. I have heard nothing but good things about his knowledge about the game and game planning.

  4. Peterd

    Not sure what’s worse Garrett calling the plays or Kellen Moore as their OC. WHAT THE HELL ????

    • Without any past OC experience to fall back on this is likely a nod to his intelligence and what he brings with him from his days at Boise State. Super efficient passer and smart player. When he was in Detroit it was said he was such a smart qb and his knowledge was phenomenal. It just wasn’t enough for him to surpass those guys like Prescott, Romo, Stanford who just had so many physical gifts that no amount of positional intelligence was going to overcome those players.

      I like Moore and it’s hard not to hope he does a good job. Teams are looking for that next young coach who is not set in their ways and always evolving. Some of the dinosaurs in this league are starting to see the wheels come off as the status quo is no longer good enough. Innovation is what will save the NFL and only new blood is going to bring that.

  5. bostonbob

    Ya give it to Moore cause hiring Garrett worked out so well. Jones is an idiot

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