Kellen Moore is expected to be one of the most sought-after head-coaches on the 2022 market. The Dallas Cowboys will not stop the brilliant offensive coordinator from moving forward in his rapidly-evolving career.
Stephen Jones, team vice president, explained Thursday that while Dallas would prefer to keep Moore and Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator, the organization would “embrace” either coach “if they happen upon the opportunity they truly want as a coach,” presumably in the NFL.
Jones stated that it is important to retain guys who help you succeed, but that they are part of the business. Jones spoke during an interview with 96.7 The Tickets. “Coach Bill Parcells was there. Mike Zimmer and Sean Payton were there, and it was clear that they got their chance to be successful coaches. However, the good news is that this usually means you’re having great success on the field. It happened when we had our Super Bowl run, when there were guys like Butch Davis and Dave [Wannstedt] having opportunities. Norv Turner getting opportunities. This is what comes with success.
You hope you will have that challenge. But at the same, it is hard to let go of guys doing an excellent job for you. We’re trying our best. If they get the chance to be a head coach, we have guys who can help. You have some outstanding coaches on your staff who are either ready or have been coordinators, as I mentioned.
The Cowboys are televised on CBS every game like clockwork. They draw Tony Romo and Jim Nantz, who are the network’s most prominent announcing team. Romo is a man who cannot help but be in such situations, as more viewers notice. He has repeatedly praised Moore for his play-calling skills and vigorously campaigned to the 33-year old’s candidacy for head coaching.
Moore was informed of Romo’s glowing comments during his bye week press conference. Moore, however, refused to indulge the prodigal analyst and instead shifted the focus to the future as if to distract from his present.
“Oh Tony. Tony is my hero. That’s something I never thought of. It’s far away,” Moore stated Monday , per Jon Machota.
Moore almost left the Cowboys after flirting with Boise State’s HC vacancies and the Philadelphia Eagles who hired former Colts OC Nick Sirianni. Moore signed a contract extension which was a huge win for the club.
Moore’s leadership has made 5-1 Dallas the league’s top offense in total yards (456.8) and points per match (34.2). This makes Dak Prescott a legitimate MVP candidate. After sustaining a catastrophic ankle injury, Prescott is now second in completion percentage (73.1%), third in touchdown passes (16), fourth-in passer rating (115.0) and fifth in passing yards (1.813) according to ESPN.com.
Moore said Monday that Prescott is playing at the same level as any other player in the NFL. via The Athletic. “Wherever he is right now, it’s really, really special. His command, presence, confidence in the offense, the collective confidence he has, and his command on the field are unmatched.