Cowboys HC Jason Garrett expects Kellen Moore to handle play calling duties
The Dallas Cowboys elevated quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore to offensive coordinator this past week, and head coach Jason Garrett expects Moore to handle all of the offensive play-calling duties:
My phone died on the red carpet before we talked to Jason Garrett. He did say he expects Kellen Moore to call plays and emphasized his intelligence as a reason for the hire despite limited experience.
— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) February 2, 2019
Remember: Garrett has experience as an offensive coordinator himself.
Dallas fired Scott Linehan as offensive coordinator following its Divisional Round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cowboys struggled offensively all season long, ranking just 22nd in both yards and scoring in 2018.
Moore joined Dallas’ coaching staff last year and actually played for the Cowboys from 2015 through 2017. He played in three games in 2015, making two starts in place of the injured Tony Romo.
During that short span, he threw for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 58.7 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 71.
Prior to arriving in Dallas, Moore had resided with the Detroit Lions for three seasons from 2012 through 2014, but he never played a game.
Moore’s rise to offensive coordinator looked imminent last month after the Cowboys fired Linehan and then hired former signal-caller Jon Kitna as their quarterbacks coach, the position that Moore held in 2018.
Dallas won 10 games this past season, rebounding from an ugly 3-5 start to capture the NFC East division title. It marked the Cowboys’ third NFC East crown over the last five years.
Garrett’s club then went on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, marking just the third postseason victory for the Cowboys since 1997.
They then lost to the Rams the following week.