To little surprise, Kellen Moore is set to quickly move on to his next NFL opportunity. The former Cowboys offensive coordinator is expected to join the Chargers to fulfil the same role (Twitter link via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport). A team announcement has confirmed the news.
The 33-year-old had one year remaining on his contract with Dallas, but he and the team mutually parted ways yesterday. That brought an end to his four-year tenure at the helm of the Cowboys’ offense, one in which he established himself as a highly-regarded young mind on that side of the ball. Moore had received head coaching interest in recent hiring cycles, and was a top OC candidate once he hit the open market.
In the immediate aftermath of his departure, it was reported that the Buccaneers had interest in interviewing him. Not long after, it came out that the Chargers were seeking a meeting with Moore, leading to the expectation that he would be able to quickly find his next coaching gig. With a deal now in place, per multiple reports, the former quarterback can turn his attention to one of the league’s top collection of offensive players.
Rapoport’s colleague Mike Garafolo tweets that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones let Moore out of his contract, allowing him to move on with the understanding that a new opportunity would not be hard to come by. That makes it little surprise that he has immediately landed in a new home, one where he will face significant expectations right away. The Chargers boast one of the league’s top young passers in Justin Herbert, a highly-acclaimed pair of wideouts in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and a high-end dual threat running back in Austin Ekeler.
Recent improvements made along the offensive line add further to the belief that the team’s success of 2022 will be replicated, at a minimum. Los Angeles had the ninth-ranked total offense in 2022 under Joe Lombardi, and saw high-end production in the passing game in particular. A lack of balance for the unit – highlighted especially in the second half of the team’s playoff meltdown against the Jaguars – led to speculation that Lombardi could be on the hot seat, however. In a move signalling that Staley will be safe for at least the 2023 campaign, the former was fired earlier this month.
Moore will step in as his replacement as a play-caller, and mark an end to a sizeable search process the team conducted. The fact that Moore has so quickly been brought onboard speaks to how highly he is thought of by the team’s staff and front office. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are in the early stages of their search for Moore’s replacement, though it has been reported that head coach Mike McCarthy will call plays regardless of who is ultimately brought in.
Here is a final breakdown of the Chargers’ OC search:
- Joe Brady, quarterbacks coach (Bills): Interview requested
- Thomas Brown, tight ends coach (Rams): Interviewed 1/25
- Jerrod Johnson, assistant quarterbacks coach (Vikings): Interviewed 1/25
- Kellen Moore, former offensive coordinator (Cowboys): Hired
- Greg Olson, senior offensive assistant (Rams): Interviewed 1/24
- Frank Reich, former head coach (Colts): Mentioned as candidate
- Zac Robinson, quarterbacks coach (Rams): Interview requested
- Luke Steckel, tight ends coach (Titans): Interviewed 1/26
27 comments on “Chargers Hire Kellen Moore As OC”
Maybe now Herbert and his top five arm strength won’t be near the bottom of all starters in air yards per attempt. That would be nice. I’m not even a Chargers fan, but as a football watcher, having Lombardi call plays for Herbert was like watching an F1 car drive under the speed limit.
I’m with you. This is an excellent hire and may help Herbert reach his potential.
The only thing that will help Herbert is that joke of a head coach to not be on the sideline. Unfortunately his staying shows how uncommitted the Spanos family is at winning compared to the bottom line.
I do think Staley will be on the hot seat going into the season but if Moore can right the ship offensively, he’ll save Staley’s butt… at least for awhile.
I’m hoping Herbert’s ribs were still an issue throughout the year after injuring them easy or else Lombardi is just a complete dumbass
Lombardi schemed that offense like he was working with a noodle-armed late career Brees, which is ridiculous.
Moore has a tough job-to be the one who finally turns Herbert into the HoF’er the national media anointed him as. Seriously tho, that’s how he will be judged. Fair or not. Turning a cannon into a saavy QB is no easy feat.
He’s already a savvy QB. They need to open the offense up more, though.
Is Kellen Moore the real answer?
He could do nothing for Dak Prescott
I love Justin Herbert, he does have a rifle arm, but……..!!!!
That side arm delivery of his….. SMH for someone who is 6′”, he gets a lot of batted balls!!
Dallas was the third highest scoring team in football this year and the highest the year before. That’s pretty good for someone who “could do nothing” for Prescott.
“He could do nothing for Dak Prescott”
Do you Dak haters even watch football?
Under Moore, the Cowboys ranked 6th, 17th (when Dak was hurt), 1st, and 4th in points scored. Dak threw for over 4,000 yards twice and 30+ TDs twice. He had a year with almost 5,000 yards and 37 TDs. I get that Dak had a bad year this year but saying Moore could do “nothing” for Dak is flat out wrong.
His supporting cast also got notably worse.
Well, where was all of that versus the 49ers
Prescott was a complete disaster!!
Oh no, a banged up QB with an iffy supporting cast had a bad game against the best defense in football. Must mean he’s bad!
So you throw out a player with years of good/great stats because of one game? That seems very reactionary. If Tony Pollard doesn’t get injured, that’s a much closer game.
Yea that all means nothing when you can’t win in the playoffs lol fly eagles fly
So does Josh Allen.
Hopefully he brings Pollard with him
He did wonders for Dak who is far less talented then Hebert
Such wonders include sharing the league lead in interceptions despite missing 5 games.
Kansas City Chiefs – 29.1.
Dallas Cowboys – 28.8.
Philadelphia Eagles – 28.4.
Detroit Lions – 27.1.
Buffalo Bills – 26.3.
There are all kinds of metrics to look at….
Now the San Diego Chargers of Napa Valley can run the ‘lets use our rb at center’ desperation play in the first quarter..on 4th and 12..from their own 17.
What can go wrong?
Dumb sports fans who think the Raiders and not the Chargers are Los Angeles’ AFC team.
The Chargers are the Angels of the NFL. As a season ticket holder of both I’m pretty much certifiable. Something tells me that in a previous life I lived in Brooklyn.