For some time now, the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore looked like the next offensive wunderkind. After being compared to Sean McVay or Kyle Shanahan, Moore and the Cowboys offense finished at #1, seemingly reaffirming it.
The team lead the league in points and yards per game and was interviewed for head coaching jobs with 4 different organizations: Denver, Miami, Minnesota and Jacksonville. Despite a hot start to the season, it looks as things have soured for the 33-year-old coordinator.
A new report from Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network suggests that Moore won’t get a head coaching position for 2022.
In the report, Wilson writes how Moore interviewed well but had questions around his leadership. “…if he has the commanding personality and leadership style to stand in front of an entire team and grab players’ attention.” writes Wilson.
This might come to a bit of a blow to Kellen Moore who spoke earlier this season about these opportunities. “Again, opportunities are awesome, they come when you win and you’re around good people and you have success” Moore said earlier this season.
The Dallas Cowboys offense noticeably looked different in the 2nd half of the season, as opposed to the 1st. Despite that, the Cowboys return an OC with familiarity with their quarterback and vice versa.
It remains to be seen if or when Moore will get his next opportunity. The 2nd half of the season struggles were evident. Moore will have to call plays as he did in weeks 1-8, and less spotty as they looked after.
This news is, understandably, likely to create a mixed response among Dallas Cowboys faithful. However, if Mike McCarthy really believes in continuity, than he’s got at least 1 supporter.
Hopefully, the late season struggles and missed opportunities can reinvigorate Moore to draw up more creative plays. Plays that Moore has shown to be able to run at a high level.