Dallas Cowboys: What would it look like?
Kellen Moore as a head coach wouldn’t require the team to push the reset button most teams push when they let go of a head coach. Moore as the head coach would probably push current quarterbacks coach and Dak Prescott fan Doug Nussmeier to offensive coordinator. That means the Cowboys would not have to make many if any changes to their offensive side of the staff.
Since the team does not list an assistant quarterbacks coach, one could be hired to take Nussmeier’s old job. The team could just leave that spot vacant and the same three architects of this offense would still have their voice in the room.
The Los Angeles Rams hired head coach Sean McVay, who was 30 at the time, for their head coaching job. Moore is currently 33 and turns 34 before the start of next season. The Rams also hired veteran coach Wade Phillips to not only run the defense but to assist McVay with any head coaching decisions.
After three seasons, the team moved on from Phillips and hired who they believed would be the Sean McVay on defense in Brandon Staley. It turns out they were correct and after one year, Staley is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers after only being in the NFL for four seasons.
Dan Quinn is already emplaced and has head coaching experience to lend a hand if Kellen Moore were to need it. McVay is currently 35 years old and his coaching tree is extremely impressive. That means moving on from McCarthy would have minimal impact on the current coaching staff and the defensive staff could return entirely if they so choose. It would also not change the front office’s approach on matters such as free agency and the draft.
It was rumored that one of the reasons McCarthy was hired was because he wanted a hands-off approach when talking about personnel. That means coordinators Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore have more of a voice in the NFL acquisition department than the head coach.
That could be a reason why McCarthy passed on the Arizona Cardinals head coaching vacancy a couple of years back as the Cardinals were willing to let go of general manager Steve Keim. McCarthy could have asked for the same hands-off approach.
If that is indeed the process inside the star and people are already starting to troubleshoot McCarthy’s primary gameday duties and responsibilities, then making Kellen Moore as your head coach somehow might be more beneficial.
If you can keep the current staff heading into next year then I am a happy man but I have not yet come up with a scenario where losing Moore benefits the Cowboys in any way. Kellen Moore time is almost upon us but where will the location be?