5 Cowboys replacements for Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

If Kellen Moore moves on, who will the Dallas Cowboys replace him with?

With the Dallas Cowboys struggling both with injuries and amassing wins this season, much of the talk surrounding America’s Team has been about the job status of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. But it now appears the Cowboys could soon have a vacancy at the offensive coordinator position instead.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cowboys’ second-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is a target for the head coaching job at Boise State. The former quarterback is one of the greatest players in that school’s history. And while Rapoport indicates that Moore has yet to interview for the position, he believes it could happen soon.

If Moore does decide to leave Dallas in 2021, who are his likely successors as offensive coordinator of America’s Team? Here are our five best guesses …

#1. Mike McCarthy, Head Coach

Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike McCarthy is a more than capable offensive playcaller. And whoever is granted the title of OC if Moore decides to leave will likely not retain those duties. After all, McCarthy once famously quipped “I’ll never do that again” after relinquishing play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Tom Clements as the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers back in 2015.

When McCarty first arrived in Dallas back in January, there was some speculation that Moore might be moved on from. But McCarthy quickly squashed those rumors with his public support of retaining the talented young playcaller and leaving the Cowboys’ offensive scheme relatively untouched.

And that decision paid off with Dallas fielding one of the league’s top offenses prior to the Week Five season-ending ankle injury suffered by quarterback Dak Prescott. Even during the team’s recent three-game winning streak, the Cowboys have averaged an impressive 36 points per contest.

If Moore is no longer in Dallas, it’s a safe bet that McCarthy will take over offensive play-calling duties. And while there will be someone else with the title “offensive coordinator”, Mike McCarthy could be the one pulling the strings.