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    For Better or Worse, Kellen Moore & Dak Prescott’s Reputations are Linked

    Two with much to prove in 2022 are and . Both are trying to establish themselves among the NFL elite in their respective crafts, and both heavily rely on each other to improve their reputations in this pivotal season.

    On the surface, it might seem unfair to suggest that either Dak or Kellen still have to work on their resumes. After all, Moore just coordinated the NFL's top-ranked last year and Prescott came back from his horrific 2020 to be one of the league's most productive and efficient passers.

    There are absolutely areas, and a lot of them, where both favorably with their peers. Both have proven they belong in the NFL and in the jobs they currently have.

    But just being qualified or even above-average isn't enough for a team with a “ or bust” mentality. Dak and Kellen are now up gainst this loftier expectation; being seen as top-tier talents and reasons why the Cowboys can consistently contend for a championship.

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    Most damning against them is Dallas' failure to return to the Championship Game. While this futility streak goes back to the days of the Triplets, its enduring frustration and the belief that the Cowboys have had some of the NFC's most talented rosters over the last six years has left the burden of blame at the feet of current players and coaches.

    Right now the jury is split. Some love Prescott and think Moore is holding him back, others think Dak is limiting the offense's potential and Kellen's perceived effectiveness. Some think both would thrive with a rebuilt . Others blame both the QB and coach as liabilities, putting a cap on Dallas' prospects until personnel changes are made.

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    The perceptions are all over the place and depend on your personal beliefs, priorities, and biases. But while the spectrum is wide, those who fully trust both Prescott and Moore are the minority.

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    Kellen Moore & Dak Prescott

    There's a classic “chicken and the egg” debate here that isn't easy to resolve. The offensive coordinator and starting quarterback's roles are so intermingled that it's hard to know sometimes where one's influence stops and the other's begins.

    For example, it was generally known that was running his offense during his prime and later years. The same was said about after Norv Turner left; the play called from the booth was more of a suggestion than an order.

    Prescott's ownership of the offense has certainly increased since 2016, but even now we don't see him as this dominant mind on the offense. He's the emotional and spiritual leader and one of its top players, but Moore is still given the lion's share of the credit for scheme and strategy.

    Both have done enough to put up big numbers and consistently rank high. But shifting perceptions will come with situational success; executing in clutch moments to sustain drives and win critical games. Their best work needs to start coming against the NFL's best and especially when they collide with those elite teams in the postseason.

    Even in those moments, though, dissecting who deserves credit or blame can be difficult. Did Moore call the right or wrong play, or did Prescott fail to execute a good call? And sometimes, both did the right things and a missed block or a dropped catch squandered their efforts.

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    2022 is a big year for a lot of guys. is trying to prove he deserves his job more than , , or some other perceived upgrade. hopes he can prove that he's worth keeping despite a cumbersome contract. These stories exist throughout the Cowboys' roster and have their own entanglements.

    For Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott, success is the tide that will raise all ships. Extending Dallas' season beyond early January will go a long way to silencing doubters.

    Debating about which of them deserves the credit for a Cowboys Super Bowl run would be a much nicer problem to have.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Vick

    Moore is trash the Garrett Lienhan thinking is outdated , he has no adjustment plans it’s , can’t call his way out of peewee game when it’s time

    Lawrence C. Baker

    I thought Kellen Moore should’ve taken the job at Boise State. Get some experience running a Division One Program successfully and then make his way back to the NFL. There were Head Coaching vacancies last year, but no one wanted Kellen Moore! They wanted Dan Quinn! Tells you all you need to know. Moore is not viewed as ready to be an NFL Head Coach. I think Jerry and Stephen Jones have to face the fact that they need a new Head Coach and a new Offensive Coordinator.

    RicketyJS

    Dak will always be running for his life with just a 5 man front. Elliot and Pollard would have a much better chance of success if Moore would incorporate play action and gain an advantage in the running game. Moore seems to not focus on basic football that allows his “exotic” offensive attack to succeed.

    Deb lake

    Dak is the problem. Like Tony Romo, he doesn’t know how to finish in the win column.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Dak is one of many problems this franchise has. As long as Jerry and Stephen Jones are alive this team will remain the embarrassing disorganized mess it is today. They only get in the way and retard progress. Neither one knows football fundamentals. Especially dumb ass Stephen Jones. Rich, but trying to get a Lombardi Trophy on the cheap. Free Agent talent was available in the off season that would’ve prevented the Ness we’re seeing now. How much farther will this team fall? How much farther to the absolute bottom?

    VAM

    AGAIN, the Cowboys have a QB problem. Who has been the constant with all these recent coaching/player changes, DP. Much of this turnover of coaches AND players is to somehow cater to, DP.
    ALL PRO Dez Bryant mysteriously couldn’t run routes good enough any longer, bye bye DEZ.
    Garrett couldn’t coach well enough, bye bye Jason.
    OC Scott Linehan wasn’t good enough, bye bye Scotty.
    Amari Cooper wasn’t into it enough, bye bye Cooper.
    Now MM AND KM are both on the “hot” seat.

    He has had in his tenure with the Cowboys one of the best O-lines, best RB in EE, All Pro WR in Dez, great TE in Jason Witten, ETC. But it’s never enough. IMHO, he DOES NOT have the clutch gene that GREAT QBs have. He is barely above average but hyped up to be semi elite by sport MSM. His “great” stats are a product of being fortunate to play in the weakest division in the league. Before that last game of the season “farce” blowout game VS Philly last year, where the Eagles basically forfeited and DP piled up his stats sheet against 2nd and 3rd stringers, DP ranked 17th in QBR rating. 17th?!?

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Wow! You have the audacity to defend Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Mike McCarthy, Kellen Moore, and lethargic ass Amari Cooper! Dak Prescott gas been far from perfect, but he’s also far from being the anchor around the Cowboys necks. You should’ve included Jerry Jones and CLUELESS Stephen Jones on your criticism list. It started with removing Jimmy Johnson. Tony Romo wasn’t the answer! Since Troy retired, Prescott has been the Cowboys best option at QB. Let’s see how far they go if he misses significant time this season. While you’re busy blaming Dak, why not add Tyron Smith’s big sorry ass to your list. Healthy in the off season, hurt during the entire season.

    VAM

    Just pointing out the CONSTANT in this coach/player merry go round, who is DP. He did have the best RB in EE, one of the best O-line, Dez, Witten, a great supporting cast. And wasn’t Cooper the missing piece of the puzzle? Well apparently, not. Now it’s CeecDee’s turn.

    Now according to you, it appears MM and KM may be next? Interesting how Moore was an offensive genius in the FIRST HALF of last year when team was rolling, and then when things went south, HE IS THE GOAT. I didn’t know he was still playing. He was still the same guy in the second half. MM does have a Super Bowl under his belt. Meanwhile the Cowboys, LED BY DP, have ONE first round 2-point playoff win in six years, but somehow gets a pass from many. I am not one of them.

    It seems some fans and sport MSM are quick to demonize coaches when the team doesn’t perform up to expectations. It’s an easy excuse. Coaches suck bring in another. Garrett sucked, gone. MM sucks. Who’s next? I’m seeing a trend.

    Look DP’s contract is an ANCHOR. Even if they wanted to (which they should), they can’t improve at that position b/c of that anchor. $40 million/yr for a QB that was 17th in QBR ranking just before that “farce” Philly game is obviously not good. Jerry panicked last minute and caved. Plus, he doesn’t bring in any REAL competition at that position. Very stupid.

    IMO, fans will not see a SUPER WIN with this QB under center. Teams with better younger QBs are passing them by. Too bad for us fans.