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Kellen Moore to call plays for Cowboys, Mike McCarthy says

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Mike McCarthy was able to retain Kellen Moore as the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, which was viewed as a big coup for the new head coach. One of the big reasons that likely persuaded Moore to remain with Dallas was the ability to continue calling plays.

McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that the plan is for Moore to call plays in 2020. The new head coach also plans to adapt to the Cowboys’ language and system.

McCarthy is showing flexibility and humility with his willingness to adapt and have Moore call the plays. It’s a smart move.

Under Moore, the Cowboys ranked first in yards and sixth in scoring this season. Their passing game seemed explosive at many times throughout the season and has the potential to remain that way in 2020.

Moore, 30, was a Cowboys quarterback who only went into coaching in 2018. He began as a quarterbacks coach and just completed his first season as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Report: Kellen Moore leaning towards remaining with Cowboys as OC

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Mike McCarthy already has one coordinator set up on his Dallas Cowboys staff. He may have a second before long.

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday that Kellen Moore is leaning towards remaining with the Cowboys. Garafolo says the Cowboys are hoping Moore will remain on staff.

Moore, 31, played with the Cowboys from 2015-2017 before joining them as a coach. He was a quarterbacks coach in 2018 and their offensive coordinator this season. The Cowboys ranked first in offensive yards and sixth in points scored this season, both of which speak well to Moore.

McCarthy already hired Mike Nolan as his defensive coordinator and was said to have liked Moore. Being able to retain Moore would be a nice coup.

Report: Kellen Moore considering offensive coordinator job at Washington

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New Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy seems willing to keep offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on his staff in 2020, but Moore has at least one other offer that he is considering.

Moore has been offered the offensive coordinator job at the University of Washington, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. New head coach Jimmy Lake, who was promoted from defensive coordinator after Chris Petersen stepped down, is looking to hire Moore.

As Rapoport notes, Moore is from Washington. He was born and raised in Prosser and played football at Prosser High School, where his father Tom won four state championships as head coach between 1986 to 2008.

While Moore could be intrigued by the possibility of learning under Mike McCarthy, he may have less responsibility under him than he did last season. McCarthy was always responsible for playcalling with the Green Bay Packers, and the assumption is he will call plays in Dallas as well. Moore called plays for the Cowboys last season, though he had some issues throughout the year.

Even if Moore stayed on as McCarthy’s offensive coordinator without calling plays, any success the Cowboys had would reflect well on the 31-year-old. The roster is still loaded with talent on offense, so the situation has obvious appeal even without playcalling responsibility.

Mike McCarthy open to keeping Kellen Moore as OC with Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys have officially moved on from Jason Garrett and hired his replacement, but that does not necessarily mean they are going to revamp their entire coaching staff.

New Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is open to the possibility of keeping Kellen Moore as his offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. While McCarthy may have some other candidates in mind, the belief is that he is “more than open” to working with Moore.

A report from immediately after the season claimed Jerry Jones had fired Garrett and his entire staff, but that obviously did not happen.

Moore, who is only 31, was the quarterbacks coach in Dallas last season before being promoted to offensive coordinator this year. He also played for the Cowboys as a backup quarterback from 2015-2017. Despite their issues with consistency, Dallas had one of the best offenses in football this season and Dak Prescott had his best year as a pro.

There were questions about Moore being too predictable early in the year, but he would be a popular name among coaching circles if the Cowboys let him go. It wouldn’t be a surprise if McCarthy wanted to keep him around due to his familiarity with the team.

Jason Garrett did not communicate with OC Kellen Moore on questionable FG decision?

Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was criticized for his decision to kick a field goal with just over six minutes remaining in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, but the lack of communication surrounding the call he made may have been the most troubling part about it.

The Cowboys, trailing 13-6 at the time, had 4th-and-7 from the New England 11-yard line with 6:08 left in the game. Garrett opted for the field goal, despite the fact that Dallas was going to need a touchdown no matter what and had struggled to move the ball all game. When asked this week if he communicated with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore about what he was planning to do before the situation arose, Garrett had a concerning response.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to constantly interject on a guy calling a play,” he said, per ESPN’s Todd Archer. “You want pick your spots in those situations.”

Garrett obviously made the decision to kick the field goal rather than go for it on 4th down, but it would reflect poorly on him if he did not communicate with Moore prior to that. Moore is the one calling the plays, so it would help to know if the head coach had ruled out taking the three points, which some coaches would have in that situation. That could have changed the playcalling on the series.

Dallas got deep into New England territory on that drive thanks to a 47-yard completion from Dak Prescott to Randall Cobb. It was a rare mistake by the best defense in football, and one that didn’t seem likely to happen again. Rather than rely on his team putting together another drive against a defense that was playing lights-out, many feel Garrett should have taken the shot on 4th-and-7 rather than cutting the Patriots’ lead to four. Either way, it sounds like the communication could have been better.

Jerry Jones was highly critical of his coaching staff following Sunday’s loss, and Garrett doesn’t seem to be helping his cause after the fact.

Saints picked Cowboys’ hand signals by studying Kellen Moore college tape

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The New Orleans Saints’ defense in Week 4 completely shutting down what had been a hot Dallas Cowboys offense was one of the biggest surprises that week. New Orleans surprisingly won the Sunday night game 12-10, holding Dallas to their fewest points of the season.

So how did New Orleans do it? According to some information shared by NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, they picked the hand signals of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

“I was just with the Saints. Players told me when they played the Cowboys two weeks ago, they went back to look at Boise State tape when Kellen Moore played quarterback there. And they saw some of the hand gestures and some of the things he liked to do at Boise that he has incorporated into Dallas’ offense, and they were able to pick up some tendencies from that.”

This would make so much sense. Without this nugget, there would be very little explanation for why the Cowboys went from being so hot to nothing against New Orleans.

As for why they looked bad in the following week against Green Bay, maybe the Packers studied the Saints to see what they did that worked so well and replicated it. The injury to Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith also is a big factor in Dak Prescott not being at his best against Green Bay.

The bottom line in the NFL is that it comes down to talent and execution, because before long, teams and coaching staffs are so smart, they will search everything possible to find out your holes. Recall, the Jets obliterated the Lions last year after doing the same thing with Matt Stafford.

Kellen Moore has great comment about shoutout from Jerry Jones

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The Dallas Cowboys could not have looked better in their opener against the New York Giants.

The Cowboys beat up on the Giants 35-17, putting up 494 total yards on offense. Dak Prescott threw for an impressive 404 yards and four touchdowns. The excellent day for the offense — led by their passing attack — resulted in praise for first-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Moore joked about the plaudits he received after the game, noting team owner Jerry Jones finally got his name right.

Moore, 30, had a four-year career at Boise State, played for the Detroit Lions as an undrafted player, then was with the Cowboys from 2015-2017. After retiring as a player he became a quarterbacks coach for the team last year and was promoted to offensive coordinator this year. The hope was that he would improve the team’s passing game, and so far so good. The only downside for Dallas is he may have helped drive up the price for the franchise quarterback.

Cowboys name Kellen Moore offensive coordinator

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The Dallas Cowboys announced on Thursday that they have officially promoted Kellen Moore to offensive coordinator.

Moore spent the 2018 season as the quarterbacks coach in Dallas, and the Cowboys have decided to elevate his role after firing former OC Scott Linehan. Jon Kitna has been named the team’s new quarterbacks coach.

Moore played six seasons in the NFL, the final three of which were with the Cowboys. His playing career never panned out, but the Cowboys obviously like the work he did last season with their coaching staff.

There has been some talk about Jason Garrett potentially taking back play-calling duties, but the Cowboys apparently do not want him doing that. That responsibility should fall to Moore in 2019.

Report: Kellen Moore a leading candidate for Cowboys OC job

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Kellen Moore is a leading candidate to become the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, according to a report.

The Cowboys are seeking a new offensive coordinator after parting ways with Scott Linehan. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys like internal candidates for the job, with Moore as the leading candidate. They say tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier is also a possibility for the position.

Moore was a star quarterback at Boise State, then spent six seasons in the NFL, starting with the Detroit Lions and then the Cowboys. He played in three games for the Cowboys in 2015 before breaking his leg in 2016. He spent this season as Dallas’ quarterbacks coach.

There was some talk of Jason Garrett potentially calling plays next season, which may still be a possibility.

15 Notable NFL players cut from roster on Saturday

Roberto Aguayo

NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday, meaning they made multiple cuts. Young players were waived, while more experienced ones were released. Either way, the end result was the same: many players are out of jobs, at least for the time being.

There is still a chance for players to be claimed off waivers before final rosters are set, but here’s a look at 15 notable players who failed to make the 53-man roster on cutdown day Saturday.

TJ Ward, S (Broncos)

Ward is a very good player, so it’s understandable why his release did not sit well with some players. The Oregon product recorded 87 tackles, a sack and an interception in 14 games last season. He made three straight Pro Bowls from 2013-2015 and was entering the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million deal. Denver decided they’d rather go with second-year player Justin Simmons and create cap space by cutting Ward, who is sure to be picked up elsewhere. The Pittsburgh Steelers are reported to have interest in him.

Alex Boone, OG (Vikings)

Boone was a major free agent signing by the Vikings a year ago. Minnesota signed the guard to a four-year, $26.8 million deal with expectations he would bolster their line. But he missed a game during the preseason and then had a brace on his knee for practice after that. The Vikings apparently met with Boone asking him to take a pay cut, but the Star Tribune says he refused, leading to his release. Plays like this during the preseason probably left the Vikings unimpressed:

Roberto Aguayo, K (Bears)