Cowboys Make Decision on Kellen Moore as Potential Jaguars HC

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On the topic of Kellen Moore’s candidacy for Jacksonville Jaguars head coach, Dallas Cowboys boss Mike McCarthy is toeing the company line.

“Career advancement’s important,” McCarthy said on December 16, via the Dallas Morning News. “As the responsibility dictates of the head coach, you definitely want to make sure that you’re in line with getting your assistant coaches to advance. That’s definitely part of your opportunity in this league. I don’t ever want to stand in the way.”

The wunderkind offensive coordinator was named a “prototypical fit” for the Jacksonville job moments after it became available following Wednesday’s firing of Urban Meyer. As of this writing, Moore boasts the second-best odds (5/1) of succeeding Meyer, trailing only Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich (4/1).

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Due to the NFL’s modified hiring process, the Jaguars — if they so choose — can request permission for a virtual interview with Moore beginning Tuesday, December 28.

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McCarthy’s position reflects that of the organization, echoing vice president Stephen Jones, who stated in October he would “embrace” outside interest involving Moore or Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Jones doubled down in November after Texas Christian University sniffed around Moore’s availability for its then-vacant HC gig. Moore eventually removed his name from consideration, but the Cowboys know it’s a matter of when, not if, an offer comes through that the 33-year-old cannot refuse.

“It’s always hard when you lose a guy,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “Whenever you’re getting consideration to be a head coach at a major college or in the NFL, then obviously they’re performing their job at the highest level. So, you don’t just assume you go out and find that. One of the great things about having Coach McCarthy as our head coach is he’s a proven, proven play-caller, a proven offensive coordinator in terms of being able to coordinate the offense and certainly understands what we’re doing offensively as well as anybody. So, you do feel good that Mike is going to be able, whoever he ultimately picks as coordinator, and that’s down the road. Who knows when we’re going to have to address that? But certainly it’s great to have Mike here knowing that his offensive mind, you know, him calling plays and coordinating the offenses. They’ve won Super Bowls in Green Bay and went to championship games and had a lot of success.”

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‘Arrow is Straight Up’

The Cowboys’ recent struggles notwithstanding, Moore has garnered deserved attention upon masterminding the league’s second-ranked offense in total yards (409.1) and points per game (29.2) entering Week 15. The unit also ranks fifth in passing (280.6 YPG) and sixth in rushing (128.5 YPG).

At the controls since 2019, the former quarterback-turned-play-caller previously garnered HC attention from Boise State, his alma mater, and the Philadelphia Eagles, his current employer’s division rival.

“He’s just done a tremendous job here from the time he stepped in as a quarterback, he did a great job,” Stephen Jones said in November on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “You can see he can certainly coach this football team in terms of knowing the offense, knowing the offensive philosophy. That’s his family tree. His dad is a great football coach. I think his arrow is straight up. To me, that’s a great compliment, not only to him, but for our organization and he’s got a bright future. We’ll certainly address that when the time comes.”

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Pepe Lopes
Pepe Lopes
5 months ago

You all do know Romo makes 5 to 10 times more money in his current job than he would being Cowboys OC right?

D.F.W. Jon
D.F.W. Jon
5 months ago

Junior Fisher… I agree with everything you said. And I hadn’t even thought about Romo as OC when Moore leaves. That is genius!!! I think he would make a much better play caller than quarterback any day. He wasn’t a terrible qb but he also wasn’t the best either. I DO KNOW that we HAVE TO STOP these little 2 and 3 yard hits to the running back just to complete a pass… ESPECIALLY on 3rd down when we need 6 to 8 yards for the first!!! I personally feel as though you should almost never throw short of the line to gain on 3rd down!!! Now, there are always exceptions to every rule but these little 2 and 3 yard passes to the running back in the flat is not going to cut it!!! And you were absolutely right when you said “ITS NOW OR NEVER!!”. #GoCOWBOYS!!!

Junior Fisher
Junior Fisher
5 months ago

I think Kellen Moore would make a great coach for Jacksonville,however considering Leftwich played there my guess would be he will get the job if he wants it.,I don’t understand why Dallas didnt give offensive coordinator to Tony Romo.After all he did play his whole career there.Who knows though,it may be Romo that gets the job in Dallas should Moore leave and it would be great for Dallas.The Cowboys can win the Division this sunday if they win against the giants and should be considering resting a lot of players.We do have the right players to make a strong super bowl run this year,but you are not gonna do it with banged up and injured players.Zeke would be healty now if they had kept him from playing when he first got injured.We have 3 of the best recievers in the league and 2 of the best running backs,a quarterback that is capable of making the throws needed so there is no reason for these games we are losing and some blown out,or for the team to be barely winning games against back up quarterbacks,and struggling teams.Now is the time for Dallas if they are ever gonna win another super bowl,We havent been since 1996,there is absolutely no reason for this team to be wasting great players careers.Lets do this thing.Ive been a cowboy fan for 40 years,its been a long time since we’ve had a team with this much talent on it.its now or never……

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