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REPORT: Kellen Moore Becoming Cowboys QB Coach

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While not yet made official by the team, it's been reported that quarterback Kellen Moore will retire as an active player and become the Dallas Cowboys' QB position coach. He had been on the team's practice squad.

Wade Wilson had been the Cowboys quarterbacks coach since 2007, and had another stint from 2000-2002 in the same position. He also played for Dallas as a backup QB from 1995-1997.

Like Wilson, Kellen Moore is using his playing career in Dallas to now move into coaching.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Kellen Moore to retire from playing, become new Cowboys QB coach https://t.co/NWpZaI5I6T

Moore has been with Dallas since 2015 when Scott Linehan, who coached him with the Detroit Lions, brought him in during the QB debacle that occurred after a season-ending injury to Tony Romo. Moore finished the year as the starting QB and, while not overly impressive, was at least better than Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel. In 2016, Moore was injured in preseason and opened the door for the ascension of Dak Prescott.

Prescott's increased playing time allowed the rookie to be handed the keys after Romo was again injured. If not for Kellen's injury, he may very well have been the Cowboys' starting QB to at least start the 2016 season.

This year, Moore lost his backup job to another standout rookie, Cooper Rush. After out-playing Kellen in the preseason, Rush remained the third QB for a few weeks but was eventually moved up the depth chart. Moore was released and signed to the practice squad.

There are reasons to be excited about Kellen Moore becoming the new QB coach.

Never having the physical tools that one looks for in an NFL quarterback, Moore has made it this far on his brains. He has been credited in both college and in the pros as having some of the best football intellect anyone has seen. He has played a big role in helping the other QBs on the team with game preparation and in-game analysis.

In fact, Dak Prescott referred to Kellen Moore as a "genius" in one interview. After a difficult sophomore year and with a critical season ahead, Dak will rely on Moore's football acumen more than ever.

They say, "those who can't do, teach." Moore actually did play QB and probably exceeded expectations given his physical drawbacks. We can only hope he remains an overachiever as Dak Prescott's new coach.



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  1. Travis Diggs

    January 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Tony romo for Qb coach/OC assistant

  2. Randy Martin

    January 7, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    On one hand I’m glad this removes Moore from the equation of ever suiting up for the Cowboys again. On the other hand, he is a protege of Linehan and will perpetuate Linehan-like thinking…which many of us have grown weary of. As a matter of fact the articles I have seen talking about our replacement coaches coming from within just smacks of Jerry’s ego thinking everything we are doing right here in Big D (Arlington) is A-Ok. Synergy is developed when you bring the best ideas whether they are inside or outside the organization. Will Jerry’s ego allow him to remove his blinders and even consider the possibility that there might be better options outside the Cowboy organization. I had read that Dak gave more credit to Sanchez for his development than Moore. All I can say is Dallas had better make the playoffs and win a game or more or there is going to be a revolution coming the likes of which has never been seen in Dallas!

    • Ervinlang318

      January 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Im Tired of this Losers Mentality in Cowboys Land. This organization surrounds itself with losers. When we were running shit in the 90’s every picked our teams apart from coaches to players. How come we dont have any Patriots or Steelers former coaches on our Staff? How come we dont have any players with Superbowl or All pro experience ever. We Settle for players that last played for Cleveland in 2015 and started 4 games that season. We settle for Coaches that coached through a Winless season and a Offensive coordinator thats never been successful anywhere he’s gone.

  3. Randy Martin

    January 7, 2018 at 4:24 pm

  4. EverybodyTalks

    January 8, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I say let’s not burn him at the stake before Kellen is given a chance. Moore is liked by Linehan, but that doesn’t mean Moore is a Lineman clone. He is a very smart guy and Dak has given him plenty of praise in that direction. I think Dak missed Kellen when he was relegated to the practice squad. He said as much in a recent interview and had high praise for Kellen. At Boise State, when Moore was QB, they had a lot of trickery. Everyone has complained about Vanilla Linehan, so just maybe Kellen will bring some creativity, while understanding how to incorporate it within the Linehan system, that Moore knows so well.

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Tony Romo Won’t Be the Next Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator

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It Is Time for the Dallas Cowboys to Move on From Tony Romo

The pipe dream has been going on since former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback-turned CBS Analyst Tony Romo hung up his cleats for the black blazer. Fans from all corners of Cowboys Nation have clamored for a return to the field or at worst the sideline as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.

Let me stop you right there. It's not happening.

First of all. He's never been a coach at any level of football, so to assume that he could leave the broadcast booth and step into coaching an NFL offense and doing so at a high level is a huge leap of faith in number 9. Sure, Jon Gruden left the Monday Night Football booth for his lucrative deal with the Oakland Raiders, but he had won a Super Bowl and had been an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL for years before joining the broadcasting ranks.

Tony Romo has an excellent understanding of football. He displays it on a regular basis during the CBS broadcasts. But doing from the broadcast view, seeing what the defense is trying to do, and calling the plays to counter what the defense is trying to do are very different things.

Secondly, the coaching job would be a major time commitment that at the moment he doesn't have. Even if he's working a 40 hour work week in preparation for his three-hour time slot, the demands on NFL coaches are easily twice that with many coaches putting in 100 hour work weeks in preparation for Sundays. Tony Romo has a family that even he's talked about as part of the reason that he went into broadcasting instead of looking to hop on with another NFL team.

Finally, the job would mean a significant pay cut from what Romo is already making. It's estimated that the former Cowboys quarterback is making anywhere from $5-10 million dollars a year with CBS. Jason Garrett is making $6 million per year as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so even if the Jones family was willing to pay first-time NFL coach Tony Romo a ton of money to come out of the broadcast booth, there's zero chance they pay him what he's making as a broadcaster. To do so, would be to undercut the head coach. Jason Garrett is Jerry Jones' guy. The owner and general manager wants Garrett to be the guy that leads the Cowboys to Super Bowl success, so there's zero chance he'd pay a coordinator close to Garrett's money, which would lead to constant speculation about the head coach and his future with the organization.

I love Tony Romo. His jersey is one of only two Cowboys jerseys that I own -- along with Darren Woodson -- and I think he could make a good coach one day, but I'd be hard pressed to see him come out of the coaching booth to take a coordinator job and have immediate success. The guys that are offensive coordinators in the NFL have been grinding for years to earn their jobs. Most started as position coaches -- see Sean McVay as Redskins TE coach. The Dallas Cowboys will spend the next few days, and perhaps weeks, identifying their replacement for Scott Linehan, but let's put to bed the dream of Romo as offensive coordinator.

It's just not going to happen.



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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

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Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back. https://t.co/hCMYoE8fEh

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!



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Breaking: Scott Linehan and Dallas Cowboys Part Ways

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Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways following a tumultuous season that saw the Dallas Cowboys offense finish outside the top 12 three out of his four seasons in Dallas.

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Sources: The #Cowboys are firing OC Scott Linehan. Taking their offense in a new direction. An announcement is coming.

Scott Linehan was brought in prior to the 2015 season and saw his offenses finish 31st, fifth, 14th, and 22nd in his four years as the Cowboys play caller. The 2015 season can be excused as the Cowboys rolled out Kellen Moore, Matt Cassell, and Brandon Weeden for 13 starts after Tony Romo was injured twice during the season, but the team 2-11 in those 13 starts and the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs despite a strong performance on the defensive side of the football.

The Cowboys saw an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in points in 2016 decline each of the last two offseasons and Linehan has been continually criticized by analysts, fans, and players as well.

Many believe that the reason that Dez Bryant and Brice Butler weren't brought back in the offseason was because of the public criticism of the offense and the play caller instilling the offense and that criticism has carried over to this season when Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper acknowledged that the Philadelphia Eagles were sitting on the slant routes that they had run all game. Dak mentioned that he changed Amari's route to a go route, which led to a 75 yard touchdown that helped open up the offense.

Cole Beasley has been frustrated with his role for much of the season and deservedly so. He was often non-existent in the offensive game plan until the final five minutes of football games.

In the running game, the offense had become too predictable and reliant upon jumbo formations that led to Ezekiel Elliott having to run against eight in the box anywhere from 25-30% of the time. For perspective, Todd Gurley only ran against eight-man fronts around eight percent of the time. Scott Linehan never looked to attempt to take players out of the box, instead insisting on motioning more players into the box for the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run against. It's amazing when you think about it, that Ezekiel Elliott was able to win the rushing title when facing loaded fronts as often as he did.

This was a move that needed to happen and the Dallas Cowboys didn't need to waste anymore time to make it happen. The offense had become stale and frustrating for the players as well as the fans. While Jason Garrett started the offseason saying he "didn't expect any changes," this was a move that absolutely had to happen for the offense to take a step forward. Below, you can read Jason Garrett's announcement on the move.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Cowboys have fired Scott Linehan

Even after the move for Amari Cooper, the offense looked better, but it still struggled at times to move the football.

The Cowboys have a young team with especially young players on the offensive side of the football. They have a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, but has excellent movement skills and capabilities of throwing the ball on the run. He's an excellent runner on designed runs. Despite us knowing all that, Scott Linehan looked reluctant to use him on designed quarterback runs that weren't read options or speed options. What you saw on designed runs in the Seattle game is what this team should be doing five times a game.

Now the question becomes, who should the Cowboys next offensive coordinator be? Our own, Staff Writer Brian Martin, laid out 5 Options to be the Next Offensive Coordinator earlier this week. I suggest you give it a read.



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