With HC positions filled, Kellen Moore is staying with Cowboys

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With all nine of the NFL’s head coaching vacancies filled after the New Orleans Saints told DC Dennis Allen that he’d be their new leader, it appears that the Dallas Cowboys will have successfully kept their highly sought-after coordinators from going elsewhere. At the very end of January, it was confirmed that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was re-signing with the Cowboys.

Now, Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will be staying as well. Moore was thought to be a top candidate for the Miami Dolphins job, but on Feb 6 it was reported that the Dolphins would be going with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel for the head coaching job. Ironic. The Cowboys lose in the Wild Card Game to the Niners, yet Dallas gets to keep their OC thanks to San Francisco.

The news about Moore returning is getting mixed feedback. Some would have been glad to see the 33-year-old go due to the dismal second-half performance from the Cowboys’ offense. Others feel he is still young and can continue to improve. Opinions aside, it is a fact that Moore led the No. 1 offense in the NFL in 2021.

Entering his fourth year as OC, there is no doubt that Moore will have a lot of pressure on him to improve play calling, help QB Dak Prescott become elite, and fix key red-zone issues. There is also likely additional pressure due to the fact that people feel if he was good enough for a head coaching position, he should definitely be good enough as a coordinator.

Kellen Moore is staying with the Cowboys, and Dallas is planning to sign a wide receivers coach with a similar background

More news broke Monday morning about the Cowboys coaching staff as well. Adam Henry, the current wide receivers coach, is expected to be replaced with his contract expiring. According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Dallas plans to replace Henry with Robert Prince. Prince, like Moore, has experience with both Boise State and the Detroit Lions.

Prince was Boise State’s wide receivers coach in Moore’s last year as a quarterback at the university. The OC didn’t directly hire Prince, but it is definitely noteworthy that the supposed choice for WR coach has various connections to the current OC.

Prince spent the past year with the Houston Texans. Now, it is likely that both he and the Texans head coach will be absent from Houston next season. He is now the fourth position coach to leave the Texans this offseason.

With the amount of talent in the WR trio, Cowboys Nation certainly hopes that Prince can help the Dallas talent perform better in the 2022-23 season. Until that signing is confirmed, we at least know that the Cowboys head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator will all be returning for 2022.

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