The Kellen Moore Era has begun with the Dallas Cowboys.
Following a “mutual” parting of ways with longtime offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, the club took time to sort through things before naming a new offensive coordinator. Much of their thought process revolved more around what the actual responsibilities would be for each title, as evidenced in the hiring of former quarterback Jon Kitna before formally having a role defined for him. The offensive coaching staff was also readying to coach the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL, buying them more time to feel things out a bit. With that event now behind them and head coach Jason Garrett being mum the entire week as to who would land the OC title, the verdict is in.
It’s Moore, the former QB and now-former QB coach, the team announced.
The decision is more than fine with players and others within the organization, and recently All-Pro center Travis Frederick took to the airwaves to explain exactly what Moore will bring to his new position.
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“Immediately when you talk to him, you understand how smart he is and how well he understands the game,” Frederick said, via 105.3 The Fan. “As a backup quarterback, in all honesty, he was acting as a quarterbacks coach the entire time. So when he made that transition there, it was a no-brainer. It was sort of like me where I was a player and went into sort of a coaching role this year.
“It’s a very similar thing, he’s played that position he knows exactly what it is, what the mechanics are, what you’re looking for in coverages and all that stuff. …When you look back at his history, you could see all the way throughout as a player and then moving into that coaching role.
He got a little bit more say in that coaching role and all of a sudden you started to see a few things, a few innovations [and] a couple of plays. Actually, he had a play named after him during a week, because it was his play and it scored several touchdowns.