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The Dallas Cowboys Seem To Be Bracing for a Tough Offseason Blow

Despite still having a chance to make the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys have had a tough season. Dallas is 6-9 and hasn’t had star quarterback Dak Prescott since Week 5 due to injury. They could now suffer another brutal blow in the offseason, too, and have potentially already started bracing for it. That blow could potentially be the loss of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Kellen Moore has been a successful offensive coordinator for the Cowboys

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Former NFL quarterback Kellen Moore became the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator during the 2019 season after working as the team’s QB coach in 2018. They had one of the best offenses in football with him in 2019, too.

Dallas was No. 6 in the league in scoring, as they averaged 27.1 points per game. They were also No. 1 in total yards, second in passing yards, and fifth in rushing yards. Dak Prescott had a great season, too, as he threw for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, while Ezekiel Elliott was one of the best running backs in the NFL, running for 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 420 receiving yards.

The Cowboys have not been as successful offensively in 2020 with Moore, but they lost Prescott in Week 5. They are No. 16 in points per game but still 12th in total yards and seventh in passing yards. Their offense also thrived in the first five weeks when Prescott was healthy. He was one of the best quarterbacks in the league in those games, and they scored an average of 32.6 points in those five games.

While Dallas has not had a lot of success this season, Moore has proven that he can be a great offensive coordinator when he has a fully healthy roster.

However, he could now potentially leave the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys seem to be bracing for Kellen Moore’s departure

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled for much of the 2020 season. Now, they are bracing for a tough blow as they could see Kellen Moore leave.
Head coach Mike McCarthy (from left) of the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talk with the media on Jan. 08, 2020. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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Earlier in December 2020, Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin became the head coach at Auburn. He had a 69-19 record and won three conference championships in seven seasons at Boise State, according to ESPN.

This, however, opened up a spot for Moore to potentially become the head coach of the school he played for in college. According to CBS Sports, there has reportedly been a conversation between Moore and Boise State about his interest in the position. There hasn’t been an interview yet, though.

“Obviously, Boise is a unique one for me, special to me,” Moore said, according to CBS Sports. “I love that place. Obviously, just going through the process right now. I’m just focused on this (Week 17) game.”

Moore hasn’t wanted to talk about the situation while preparing for the Cowboys’ final regular-season game. But he did say this.

“Yeah, I want to be a head coach,” Moore said, according to CBS Sports. “But I think like anything, really I’m really focused on this job right now. Again, we’ll go through this process and we’ll see where it’s at. That was really boring, guys, sorry.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears to be bracing for Moore’s potential departure, too. It is hard to tell for sure as he gave a metaphor when asked about it, but it seems that he is preparing for Moore to return to his alma mater.

“Remember the two buzzards sitting on the limb?” he said on Tuesday to 105.3 The Fan, according to CBS Sports. “The one says, ‘Patience my a–, I’m gonna kill something.’ As they surveyed the landscape.”

He continued: “I’m not really demeaning patience. You’ve got to have it, I guess. But the bottom line is: when it’s there, take it.”

Losing Moore would be a pretty huge blow to the Cowboys. You can’t blame Moore for wanting to go back to Boise State, though.

Kellen Moore is a Boise State legend

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No one would really blame Kellen Moore for leaving the Cowboys because he is already a Boise State legend. After throwing for 3,486 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2008 for Boise State, Moore then threw for 3,536 yards, 39 touchdowns, and three interceptions in 2009. Boise State went 14-0 that season, too, and won the Fiesta Bowl.

Then, in 2010, Moore threw for 3,845 yards, 35 touchdowns, and six interceptions, which helped him finish fourth in the Heisman Trophy race. He then continued to succeed in 2011, as he threw for 3,800 yards, 43 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. From 2008 through 2011, Boise State went 50-3 and won three bowl games.

Sure, Kellen Moore is appreciated by the Dallas Cowboys. Their love for him is probably nowhere near the amount of love that Boise State has for him, though. This could ultimately lead to him saying goodbye to Dallas this offseason.

Stats courtesy of Sports Reference and Pro Football Reference