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Despite Optimism, Kellen Moore is a Huge Gamble for Cowboys

Yesterday, Bleacher Report did a piece listing something risky that each NFL team is doing heading into the . For the , they're concerned with the Cowboys relying on as a workhorse in 2019.

When you look at Ezekiel Elliott's track record in the NFL, it's hard to wonder why they would consider it a risky proposition to rely on Elliott in the . The basic assumption they're making is that Elliott's altercation from a couple of weeks ago could result in a for the two-time NFL rushing leader.

To me, that's a huge assumption. Even if Elliott sits a couple of games early in the season, it won't tank the Dallas Cowboys chances of making a deep playoff run. With , , and , the Dallas Cowboys could make it work for a short time. But I don't think Ezekiel Elliott gets suspended.

If Elliott carrying the load for the Cowboys isn't the riskiest thing about this team heading into 2019, then what is? To me, it's .

First of all, count me as one of the members of who is pretty excited about the prospects of Kellen Moore the for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. After several years of running the show, the Cowboys were in desperate need of a change at . I detailed a couple of weeks ago the types of things we might see from a Kellen Moore offense. However, Moore has only been a coach for one season and that was as the for the Dallas Cowboys.

Everything we've heard about Kellen Moore is that he's got a very bright football mind and would excel as an NFL coach when given the opportunity. The Dallas Cowboys certainly believe in his ability as a coach and offensive mind or they wouldn't have handed the offensive keys of a contender to Moore. As excited as I am about what it sounds like he's going to do for the offense moving forward, everything we know is mostly circumstantial at this point. Most of his offensive philosophy is yet to be revealed, and won't be until the Cowboys start playing regular-season games.

As important as Kellen Moore's philosophy will be for the Dallas Cowboys success, Moore's ability to formulate a and his ability to adjust in-game that will have a bigger bearing on the Cowboys offensive potential in 2019. If Moore takes a similar approach to offense that Scott Linehan did or shows an inability to adjust in-game, then it could make for similar results.

The Dallas Cowboys have a built a roster that should have a lot of success in 2019, especially on the offensive side of the football. The Cowboys took a huge risk by giving Kellen Moore the opportunity to display his offensive prowess as the Cowboys offensive coordinator. If it doesn't work out, it becomes a wasted season for this roster, and more importantly, it's a wasted season for .

With a team that may contend for a this year, that's a lot of weight to put on a second-year coach. If things don't go well for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, it could lead to massive changes on the that would likely leave looking for work elsewhere.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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fred gaither

I am in no way suggesting that Kellen Moore is not a well rounded person, But really, with his background and his focus he’s really done nothing but think about the offensive side of football for the last 16 or 18 years of his life–

That is no guarantee of success, obviously, but if a person can be a fully qualified cardio-thoracic surgeon in less time then I’m pretty sure Kellen has the mental side of football pretty well sorted out.

He has already impressed some very serious football people and while he couldn’t finish a game as he wouldn’t be on a game day roster he can always be added for the following week if it was truly necessary to do so… It’s not like we have world beaters at the back up quarterback position and Kellen could at least execute his own offense ( Within the bounds of his physical limitations) in an emergency situation…

I’m not anxious about him doing a good job–

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