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REPORT: McCarthy Wants Moore as Cowboys OC, But Kellen Has Options

The Dallas Cowboys have their new head coach in Mike McCarthy, and now he has the task of filling out his staff. We now have an update on how the change up top could impact Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore.

The following was tweeted by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport this morning:

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Update on #Cowboys OC Kellen Moore: New coach Mike McCarthy would like him to stay and remain OC, which may also help Moore learn a new system. But he also has an opportunity to go back home and become the University of Washington OC under Jimmy Lake. He is mulling it all over.

Lake and Moore have familiarity through Chris Petersen, who just stepped down as the head coach for the Huskies. Prior to coaching at Washington, Petersen was at Boise Sate with Moore as his quarterback.

Lake joined the Boise St. staff the year after Kellen left for the NFL. While they’ve never actually been in the same place at the same time, they no doubt have become connected through Petersen.

The Cowboys put a lot of faith in Moore by promoting him to OC in 2019 after just one year as the quarterbacks coach. His offense produced big yardage but still had some situational limitations, with a major issue in how the high-priced Ezekiel Elliott was utilized.

But if Rapoport’s news is accurate as usual, then Moore does have a future with the Cowboys. While Mike McCarthy is an offensive mind with his own style, he clearly sees good things in the young coordinator that he’d like to work with.

However, Kellen Moore appears to have some other possibilities. Will he choose to stay in Dallas, or will the Cowboys be left with another big hole to fill?

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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  1. My emoji reaction is of one you don’t have up there. The expression of “really”? My question is, Would these theories and whispers of Kellen considering potencially leaving the Cowboys to be an OC in college, instead of the NFL also be proven to be true, had Jason Garrett remained on in Dallas as HC? Or is that just a Mike McCarthy thing? Care to comment on that?

    • Your guess is as good as mine, Edward. But considering the report came from Ian Rapoport, I doubt he’d just share some propaganda without thinking it was legitimate.

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