The Dallas Cowboys have many questions to answer going into 2019. But how Kellen Moore will impact the offense is the biggest unknown.
The Dallas Cowboys have several unanswered questions as they enter training camp late next month. Which star player will receive the next big contract extension? Can center Travis Frederick regain his previous form after a battle with an autoimmune disease? But undoubtedly the biggest unknown surrounds new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
The Cowboys shockingly promoted Moore to offensive coordinator earlier this year after he spent last season as the team’s quarterback coach. The former Boise State star spent the prior six years as a backup quarterback, three seasons with the Detroit Lions and the last three in Dallas.
For five seasons of his six-year pro career, Moore was under the tutelage of former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. And that was one of the major concerns in the first time OC’s hiring this offseason as Linehan’s lack of creativity likely led to a parting of ways in January.
Where the Moore hiring does make sense is in the fact the Cowboys aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel in 2019. This is an offensive scheme that allowed Dallas to win the NFC East twice in the past three years after all. So keeping much of the same playbook and language intact seems wise.
Still, what exactly will Moore add to the offense this year? Here’s what ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio recently told the Dennis and Cowlishaw show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 via the Dallas Morning News about how he believes the Cowboys’ offense will look in Moore’s scheme.
"” … the big X-factor is just how much is [his playing style] going to change with Kellen Moore running the offense? Anybody who knows the DNA of Kellen Moore and where he’s come from, it’s pretty obvious that they’re going to have a lot more formation variation, a lot more motion. It’s going to be a lot faster offense, a lot faster getting to the line of scrimmage, and hopefully the ball will come out faster.”"
Based on what we’ve seen and heard so far about Kellen Moore’s offensive scheme, deception will play a major role. Although Dallas Cowboys’ fans can expect to see many of the same plays utilized under the previous scheme, expect them to be packaged differently. Showing one formation and motioning to another seems to be the defining factor of the changes at this point. Still, that’s based on limited media access and Moore’s college career. The Dallas Cowboys will surely have a few more tricks up their collective sleeves come September.