Kellen Moore - Dallas Cowboys' Wunderkind OC
Want to talk about riding the fast track to success as an NFL coach? Sean McVay’s got nothing on Kellen Moore. After a storybook college career followed by a fizzled professional outing, Moore jumped the bullet train into the coaching world. As the 2017 season rolled around, he was the only left-handed quarterback in the league. That, coupled with an “NFL short” height of 6 feet even, made him an easy target for hungry defenses. One game, however, he did pass for the sixth most yards in team history (435), 3 touchdowns and 2 picks, as the Cowboys lost the game to their arch rival, the Washington Redskins, 34-23. Two years after being the backup to Dak Prescott, he finds himself in charge of the entire Cowboys offense, being brought up from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Moore becomes one of the youngest people ever promoted to the coveted position; in 2018, a 28 year-old Kyle Shanahan lowered the mark by three years when he was named OC for the Houston Texans. McVay, a spry 28 year-old, repeated the feat when Jay Gruden named him the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.
Moore may have his work significantly more cut out for him if the Cowboys can’t settle on a contract with top running back, Ezekiel Elliot, who has intimated his upcoming absence from training camp. With too soft an offer, Dallas runs the risk of losing Zeke, in the same fashion as they did DeMarco Murray, who took a much higher offer from Philadelphia (it’s always the inner-divisional “slap in the face,” isn’t it)? So, again they are faced with a top RB’s fifth-year option, and it makes sense to pay him. They haven’t been this well rounded a team in many years, and things move awfully fast in the NFL.
Enter Moore, who put up unprecedented numbers at Boise State, although those numbers didn’t quite translate to the NFL. Yet, if the college superstar who didn’t find similar success at the pro level works out to be a great coach, he’ll be in good company. See: Sean Payton, Doug Pederson, Gary Kubiak, even Kellen’s boss, Jason Garrett.
I’ll be following this and many other NFL storylines soon, because the wait is almost over. Football is coming!