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REPORT: Kellen Moore Becoming Cowboys QB Coach

Jess Haynie



Kellen Moore

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.

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Kellen Moore to retire from playing, become new Cowboys QB coach

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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  • Travis Diggs

    Tony romo for Qb coach/OC assistant

  • Randy Martin

    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

      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.

  • Randy Martin
  • EverybodyTalks

    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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Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback?

Jess Haynie



Cowboys en Español: Cooper Rush
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The Dallas Cowboys only have two quarterbacks under contract right now, starter Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. With only three years of combined experience between them, one could argue that a veteran presence would be useful. Should Dallas make a veteran QB a free-agent priority in the 2018 offseason?

Of course, there’s plenty of other QB experience on the Cowboys staff. Head Coach Jason Garrett played professionally from 1989-2004, and started his coaching career with quarterbacks.

Scott Linehan has been coaching offense with an emphasis on the passing game for 30 years.

Kellen Moore, who is taking over for the departed Wade Wilson as quarterbacks coach, has played very recently and will bring a fresh perspective.

However, losing Wilson’s experience from the room, and the lack of any veteran player at QB, shouldn’t be dismissed.

Dak Prescott has said veteran Mark Sanchez — who was with Dallas in 2016 — was a major help during his whirlwind rookie season. Tony Romo enjoyed veteran advice from guys like Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and Kyle Orton throughout his playing career.

This isn’t to say Dallas would want to bring in a veteran to knock Cooper Rush down the depth chart. After a surprising preseason, Rush took the backup job from Kellen Moore and certainly has intriguing upside.

If the Cowboys were to add a veteran, that player would have to come in with the understanding he’s competing with Cooper and may not be guaranteed a job.

The good news is that it’ll be a buyer’s market for veteran quarterbacks this offseason.

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore could all be available. Even a player with more pedigree, such as Sam Bradford, may have trouble finding starting work with many jobs taken among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Dallas could even consider bringing back Mark Sanchez, given his previous relationship with Dak Prescott. He only had a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Given Prescott’s seeming durability, Dallas will likely only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2018 and for years to come. Because of that, they may be content to focus on Dak and Cooper Rush, and just get through the offseason with training camp bodies.

However, the case can certainly be made for adding another veteran player with the desire to teach to help these young quarterbacks develop. Prescott was not the same guy in 2017 that we saw as a rookie, and perhaps the absence of guys like Sanchez and Tony on the sideline had something to do with that.


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Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal is a Good Hire for Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal Is A Good Hire For Cowboys

Yesterday, it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys will hire Sanjay Lal to be their new wide receivers coach. Lal spent 2017 with the Indianapolis Colts in the same position, but has made multiple stops around the NFL prior to joining the Cowboys staff.

Most recently and arguably most notably, Sanjay Lal was the receivers coach for both the New York Jets (2012-2014) and the Buffalo Bills (2015-2016). This means he coached on Rex Ryan’s staff for two different teams, with two very similar offensive philosophies.

Run the football.

As seen in the video below, Sanjay Lal has experience working as the wide outs coach for an offense with a run-first philosophy. He even says himself that their offense in New York was “ground and pound,” but notes that “without a pass game there’s no pound.”

Cowboys fans became all too familiar with the truth behind that statement during the 2017 season, as even solid efforts in the run game were rendered meaningless by their lack of explosion through the air.

Jets Nation Inside Camp: Sanjay Lal Mic’d Up

Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal is mic’d up during training camp, and also discusses trying to play pro football before becoming a coach in the NFL.

A lot has been made of Sanjay Lal’s lack of 1,000-yard receivers during his time as a coach. The offensive philosophies of the teams which he coached for, however, show why this criticism is flimsy.

It’s quite possible the Cowboys will once again be without a 1,000 yard pass catcher this season, but if Ezekiel Elliott and the run game are clicking, and Dak Prescott is spreading the ball to different targets, this stat won’t mean a thing.

Lal was also the coach in Buffalo when Sammy Watkins had the best years of his career, including a 1,000-yard season.

During that stint he coached Robert Woods to productive seasons as well. Now Woods is a dangerous target for the Los Angeles Rams after being coached by Lal for multiple seasons.

These were also the same years that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was at his best.

While in New York, with the Jets, Lal’s most productive receiver was Jeremy Kerley, who finished with 827 yards in 2012 and 523 in 2013. What’s important to note here is that Kerley played as a slot receiver for much of his time as a Jet.

The Cowboys lacked any type of production from the slot in 2017, but maybe Lal can change that by getting the best out of Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer, as he did with Kerley.

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Know that some believe he had a real shot to be an OC in this league one day.

All indications from those “in the know” suggest Sanjay Lal is on his way to becoming an offensive coordinator soon. Many believe he has the smarts and the football IQ to command an offense himself, as soon as he gets the right opportunity.

Maybe that opportunity will come down the line in Dallas, where he can continue to coach within that “ground and pound” style, which he has done for many years while also implementing elements of his own passing game expertise.

Everyone has been critical of the Cowboys’ inability to bring in external hires, and to spark up new/creative offensive ideas. Lal has spent time among some of the smartest offensive minds in football.

Maybe he’s the man to bring in that outside creativity this offense seems to lack.


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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin



Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

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Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

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