Report: Mike McCarthy wants to keep Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator

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Yesterday the news on the Cowboys offensive coordinator front was that new head coach Mike McCarthy was “open” to keeping offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Today the interest in keeping Moore sounds a little stronger.

McCarthy wants Moore to stay as offensive coordinator and the question is whether Moore wants to stay in Dallas, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Moore apparently has another opportunity, to become offensive coordinator at the University of Washington. Moore was born and raised in Prosser, Washington, and Moore has a familiarity with new Washington head coach Jimmy Lake and might want a fresh start there.

McCarthy is a head coach with an offensive background, and it’s unclear at this point the extent to which he’d be bringing in a new system, or whether he’d allow Moore to keep the offense mostly in place. But if he wants to keep the old coordinator, that would suggest that he doesn’t think the Cowboys’ offense needs big changes.

26 responses to “Report: Mike McCarthy wants to keep Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator

  1. If its truly McCarthy’s decision to keep him that would be good, if its Jerruh forcing him on McCarthy might be better if Moore left.

  2. This is good news as long as Kellen actually runs the Offense and McCarthy is the actual head coach; McCarthy always insisted on running the (very stagnant) offense in GB and being clueless about the defense or special teams, which ended up getting him fired (very evident it was all Mike in GB why they sucked with the quick turn around).

    In reality, its Day 2 and it already looks like Jerry is telling his new puppet what to do. if it is forced then get used to the mediocrity.

  3. A new head coach is almost always looking to install his own coaching staff, especially on the side of the ball that he has specialized in. McCarthy is an offensive focused head coach, I am not offering an opinion if that is a good or bad thing, it is just factual that his background is from the offensive side and in GB he called the plays. So now he signed a five year deal and has been told that Kellen Moore should be retained, despite the head coach (any head coach) wanted to implement their own system. If Moore stays then the message from Jones is that this past year’s offensive should remain more or less unchanged, which was basically run up the score against poor defenses, struggle against decent and above defenses but put up a bunch of garbage statistics once the game is beyond reach.

    I think Jerry Jones wants to have his cake and eat it too, he wants an experienced head coach leading his team but also wants a supposed young and innovative offensive guru, a la Sean McVay. The only problem is that Jerry brought in someone who doesn’t really want to be bothered with the defensive side of the ball, he would rather leave that to his defensive coordinator and if forced to keep the OC he can’t really tinker with the offensive side of the ball. So Jerry essentially has brought in a new player to fill the exact same role that Jason Garrett filled . . . which is the Head Clapper instead of the Head Coach. I am really surprised the McCarthy took the Cowboys job, as I always thought he was more of a take charge, kick butts and take names type of coach . . . turns out all those disappointed Packers fans were spot on about McCarthy.

  4. Smart move. I think there’s only one QB in the NFL who’s won more football games than Dak Prescott since Prescott’s been in the league, and his name is Tom Brady. The Cowboys are a good football team.

  5. Again all the armchair pros calling it a JJ move..

    You think Dallas was going to be his only option??

  6. You posters are delusional.
    Jerry doesn’t know Mike Nolan from Shinola.
    This was a pure McCarthy decision to hire Nolan as DC.
    Kellen Moore is young and not set in his ways so McCarthy won’t have a problem keeping a young energetic assistant from a previous coach around.

  7. I like how every one here just assumes this is Jerry. Mike did an interview before ever meeting with Jerry talking about one of his favorite plays of the season. That play was a play Kellen Moore designed. He was already a fan of Kellen prior to talking to Jerry. A simple google search would have told you as much.

    The scheme McCarthy came up with over the off season is motion heavy. It’s already similar to Moore’s. I’m sure he will have his own inputs and make changes to the scheme as necessary.

  8. cowboyapologist says:
    January 7, 2020 at 10:51 am
    You posters are delusional.
    Jerry doesn’t know Mike Nolan from Shinola.
    This was a pure McCarthy decision to hire Nolan as DC.
    Kellen Moore is young and not set in his ways so McCarthy won’t have a problem keeping a young energetic assistant from a previous coach around.

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    Infuriating, isn’t it? The Cowboys remain the most discussed team in the league but the majority of said discussion is people making assumptions on what they know, or have been conditioned to know, about the organization.

    All that said, this Cowboys fan is happy that Moore will get another go round. After the story came out that JG was denied play calling duties this year, it is easy to wonder whether or not Moore got a fair shake on the sideline. The only thing we really heard was JG letting everybody know that it was Moore’s call to keep Coop on the sideline for that ill fated 4th down pass vs the Eagles. I really liked what I saw from Dak this year when he was finally let loose and definitely want to see more (Moore) next season.

    Go Cowboys.

  9. lol @ people saying this is a JJ forced hand on McCarthy. You know what the coordinator of the #1 ranked Offense in the NFL this year was named? Kellen Moore. I’m not sure why it is difficult for some of you wrap your heads around him staying.

  10. I agree with Anthony Berry’s assessment, living local and getting to hear the local beat writers on their radio updates talk how McCarthy likes Moore’s innovative and fresh idea’s that he has brought from the college level, and able to mesh each others ideas obviously can be advantage..

    Anybody paying attention to the pro game knows where the fresh ideas are coming from..

  11. bobmillion says:
    January 7, 2020 at 10:10 am
    This is good news as long as Kellen actually runs the Offense and McCarthy is the actual head coach; McCarthy always insisted on running the (very stagnant) offense in GB and being clueless about the defense or special teams, which ended up getting him fired (very evident it was all Mike in GB why they sucked with the quick turn around).

    In reality, its Day 2 and it already looks like Jerry is telling his new puppet what to do. if it is forced then get used to the mediocrity.

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    You do understand that Kellen Moore’s offense was ranked #1 this year, right? You also understand that Mike Nolan is a McCarthy guy, right? No? Do some homework dude, you’re embarrassing yourself in front of the other keyboard warriors.

  12. I’m confused

    Moore started out great and then everyone started trashing him for his bland play calling and you want to keep him?

    At least bring in an an experienced guy to mentor Moore while he grows

  13. Why do people think Jones is already telling McCarthy what to do ? Come on.

    The offense was great last year, the issue was the defense. Its obvious to keep the young offensive co ordinator. Nothing to do with Jerry, just common sense

  14. JJ is telling him that Moore is staying,thats the first in many to come to let Mccarthy know who really runs the team. But MccARTHY is saying he wants him to show he made that decision. Mccarthy will get to shop for the grocerys, but JJ is going to give him the list.

  15. I think Moore is a bright mind with his pulse on today’s NFL offense. If McCarthy truly want him to stay on as OC, that’s a step in the right direction. If McCarthy wants him just to appease Jerry, and McCarthy wants to call plays like he did in Green Bay, it’s destine to fail. If that case, Moore should leave for greener pastures.

  16. I thought MM had this cadre of coaches that he had been going over games with during this season, including Haslett — seems like all those guys have been left at the wayside.

  17. Imagine that! Must have been negotiated during the slumber party at Jerruh’s. McCarthy has decided to park his stones at the Dallas city limits sign, right next to Garretts. Hopefully Garrett will remember to pick his up on the way out of town.

  18. “I’m thinking the Moore will basically be his “fall guy” for when things go wrong. No need for McCarthy to throw himself under the bus in year one.”

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    Nah, if you were thinking, you’d check out Mike McCarthy and find out that Mike McCarthy isn’t built that way. The man has NEVER tossed anyone under the proverbial bus. The man is character personified.

    I’m going to enjoy watching Coach turn Dallas around.

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