DALLAS – Kellen Moore has been the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys for the past three seasons. Unfortunately, team success hasn’t followed as the Cowboys have only made one playoff appearance during that span, with no postseason wins.
The Cowboys’ offense has flourished to a certain degree under Moore. In 2019, the Cowboys had the top-ranked offense in the NFL as Dak Prescott threw for nearly 5,000 yards, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup had over 1,100 yards, and Ezekiel Elliott finished fourth in rushing yards.
2021 was more of the same as the Cowboys led the NFL in points and yards and finished second in passing yards per game. Pro Football Focus recently ranked the league’s top offensive play-callers, and Moore came in at No. 2 on the list.
“This might be a head-scratcher for some, but Moore was terrific in 2021. The Cowboys managed to rank third in yards per play and first in points scored despite dealing with injuries to the offensive line, the continued fall-off of running back Ezekiel Elliott, a season-ending injury to wideout Michael Gallup and a significant decline from quarterback Dak Prescott post-calf injury. Not to mention, Moore helped backup signal-caller Cooper Rush win a primetime game in Minnesota. It was a pretty impressive season for the former Boise State quarterback.”
Moore’s talent when it comes to drawing up plays can’t be denied, after all, two No. 1 offenses in three seasons isn’t easy. However, the problem is that the Cowboys have started guns blazing offensively over the last several years only to struggle down the stretch, especially against the better teams in the NFL.
As he enters his fourth season calling plays, Moore has got to establish an identity for the Cowboys offensively. CeeDee Lamb is the new No. 1 option with Cooper now in Cleveland, and Moore has got to find a way to feature him in the offense with his ability to play outside and in the slot. Elliott and Pollard are a dynamic two-headed monster at running back, and Moore has to do better by involving Pollard and his explosiveness to preserve Elliott for late-game situations where he can essentially run out the clock with his tough running style between the tackles.
It’s incumbent on Moore to figure out how to do these things in 2022. The weapons are there for Moore, but consistently being able to produce and adjusting when things don’t work have been an issue for him. If he doesn’t find a way to remedy that, this upcoming season will be another of unfulfilled expectations for the Cowboys’ offense.
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