The Dallas Cowboys made a pretty big splash this offseason with the signing of head coach Mike McCarthy. He was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers for 13 years. In that time, he boasted a 125-77-2 record (.618 winning percentage) in the regular season, and won one Super Bowl.
McCarthy also called the plays. Something he clearly expected to continue doing. However, before Dallas has even played a game under him, McCarthy has already given up the play calling duties. Instead, Kellen Moore gets that job.
According to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com, McCarthy revealed why he gave up the play-calling to Moore.
“I have a new job, so I get to start over and take all those never again statements back,” McCarthy said, chuckling. “I think when you just look at the big picture, these decisions that I’m making particularly early in my tenure, I’ve had a lot of time to think about it. I’ve had a chance to study the opportunities that were in front of me for quite some time and Dallas was the one opportunity was something I thought it was important to keep the current offense in place because of the success they’ve had in the past. The productivity on offense is very high. There will always be things that are different. I think anytime you have a coaching change, that’s obvious. Our approach to offense will change. The design of how we put things together will be different. But it’s important to build off the successful concepts and particularly the language in place.”
When you break it down it all makes a lot of sense. McCarthy is new to the team. Even though he has studied the personnel and feels he has a good grip on everything, it will help the team to have someone more personally familiar with them working the plays.
At the same time, Moore called plays last season, and the Cowboys led the NFL in total offensive yards. So Moore already has a notch on the belt that gives him some solid credentials.
Mike McCarthy giving up his play-calling duties to Moore shows he trusts the young coach and is ready to put the Cowboys in the best possible position to win immediately.