The Dallas Cowboys have made a plethora of moves this offseason but the biggest one isn’t really being talked about enough.
With everything that is going on right now in the world, the NFL has had to scramble to come up with ways to continue conducting business. The Dallas Cowboys themselves have shown their fans a glimpse at how they are conducting prospect interviews.
The NFL draft is going to have the most visible changes for the audience with a so-called virtual format. I can only imagine the virtual nightmare this could end up being as teams are going to have multiple connections open with not only the NFL but amongst themselves as well.
This week was supposed to kickoff offseason training programs for teams with new head coaches. This puts teams, like the Dallas Cowboys, at a significant disadvantage compared to the rest of the league.
When you look at the league as a whole, 16 teams have either a new offensive coordinator that needs to implement the new offense or a new quarterback under the helm. This is even before the NFL draft that has taken place which could make this number grow.
That is where new Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has a serious advantage. Holdover offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is the biggest offseason move that the NFL hasn’t talked about enough.
With the exception of the sudden retirement of center Travis Frederick and the departure of tight end Jason Witten, the offense is pretty much intact. You could argue that the left guard spot is open for competition but it is likely, for now, that guard Connor Williams returns to that spot.
Moore now just has to decipher the language barrier that McCarthy would like to utilize. Instead of trying to install a new playbook with someone you don’t have a history with is much harder without actually being with them on the field.
The players know Moore so the awkwardness that could come with someone you don’t really know is nonexistent for this Cowboy offense. This also helps position coaches get acclimated to what the offensive coordinator wants to accomplish without the inevitable cross-contamination of their own individual beliefs and techniques.
The offense should have no problem with the playbook once on-field activities are cleared to resume at which point coordinators could now teach certain techniques which can only enhance their knowledge instead of lead it.
The defensive side of the ball is usually ahead of the offense during training camp. I suspect that will change this year because of the biggest offseason move: The Dallas Cowboys retaining Kellen Moore.