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The Secret Ingredient to the Cowboys Offense Might Be Ditching Dallas for an NFC East Rival

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore couldn’t have had a better start to his NFL coaching career. The former Boise State standout built the Cowboys into one of the most prolific units in the league in his first season with the team. Moore’s incredible first impression was enough to earn him a three-year extension with the Cowboys, but another NFC East rival might be trying to steal him away.

Kellen Moore’s fast start with the Cowboys

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Kellen Moore joined the Cowboys’ coaching staff in 2019 as one of the hottest up-and-coming offensive minds in football. Dallas awarded him with its open offensive coordinator position for Moore’s first NFL job.

In his first season with the team, Moore built the Cowboys into an offensive juggernaut. Dallas led the NFL in 2019 with 431.5 yards per game, which was nearly 25 yards better than the second-best offense in the league. The Cowboys offense also ranked third in points per game (27.5) and second in big plays per game (8.5).

Somehow, the Cowboys improved upon their 2019 performance to start this season. Before Dak Prescott suffered his season-ending ankle injury, Dallas was averaging 32.6 points per game. The Cowboys still finished as the eighth-ranked passing offense in the NFL in 2020 despite employing Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci, and Garrett Gilbert at quarterback for most of the year.

Kellen Moore re-signs with the Cowboys

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The Cowboys were so impressed with Moore’s first two seasons in charge of the offense that they decided to keep him around a little longer. After the 2020 season, Moore agreed to a three-year contract extension to stay on staff as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator.

“I am very excited to remain with the Dallas Cowboys as the offensive coordinator,” Moore said in a statement. “…We are building something special here in Dallas. I am thankful to the Jones family and Mike McCarthy for providing me with the opportunity to coach these special players. I am excited for us to put it all together and finish the job.”

The Eagles might be trying to steal Kellen Moore away

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Moore may have just re-upped with the Cowboys, but that didn’t stop NFL teams, specifically Dallas’ NFC East rival, from showing interest in the talented OC. On Wednesday, Todd Archer of NFL Nation reported the Philadelphia Eagles have requested to interview Moore for their open head coach position.

Even though he just signed an extension with the Cowboys, Moore can still interview for jobs higher up the totem pole. The Eagles have seen firsthand what Moore has done for Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense, and they believe he can do the same for Carson Wentz and/or Jalen Hurts.

If the Cowboys allow the interview, Moore could become a top target for the Eagles in their quest to replace Doug Pederson.