We can assume that the Dallas Cowboys defense will continue to get better under defensive coordinator Dan Quinn after his impressive first year with the team. But can the same be said for offensive coordinator Kellen Moore?
Right now, I think he’s is lucky to still be with the Cowboys calling the plays. Moore is probably on one of the shortest leashes among offensive coordinators around the league after his offensive collapse mid-way through the 2021 season. If Moore wants to keep his job and also reestablish himself as a future head coach and top offensive coordinator, he will need to get back on track.
4 things Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore needs to do to be better in 2022
1. Start using designed pick plays
The first thing Moore needs to come to terms with is that he’s lost his best route-running receiver in Amari Cooper. With Cooper now gone, Moore will have to do more in terms of scheming his receivers open. CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup are good receivers but they aren’t on the same level of route running capability as Cooper.
Moore is going to need to start adding in designed pick plays to get his receivers’ space and give quarterback Dak Prescott bigger windows to throw the ball. We’ve seen how well it works against the Cowboys’ defense so it’s time for the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator to start using it against other defenses.
It would be an effective tool with the open field ability that Lamb, Gallup, and free-agent pick-up James Washington add. The designed pick plays will do wonders for Prescott who’s going to be behind an offensive line full of new starters. It will allow the QB to get the ball out of his hands quickly and draw defenses which will let him take deep shots downfield. It’s time for Moore to get with the times and start adding more designed pick plays into his playcalling.