Dallas Cowboys fans are still reckoning with the team’s decision to dismiss offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
Longtime NFL assistant Brian Schottenheimer was hired as Moore’s replacement, though Mike McCarthy will assume play-calling duties. McCarthy drew the ire of Cowboys fans with comments he made at the Combine about the changes he plans to instill, including deploying a more run-heavy offense.
McCarthy lauded Moore for wanting to “light up the scoreboard,” but as head coach McCarthy wants to be the top team in the league, not the top offense. If taking better care of the football results in less points or scoring opportunities, that’s a sacrifice McCarthy is willing to make.
Moore, meanwhile, is busy prepping to run the LA Chargers offense. Moore also addressed reporters at the Combine, and was asked about his time in Dallas. As expected, he had nothing but positive things to say.
What was the hardest part of Moore leaving? Saying goodbye to Dak Prescott.
“I was with Dak his entire career. Just love the guy, what he’s become and how he’s earned it. I think he’s a guy that everyone looks up to on the team and I think across the league now. I think winning the Walter Payton award is such a cool moment to see. He deserves these types of things. He’s a really special person.
More Cowboys News:
- On Saturday, quarterbacks, wideouts and tight ends it the field for evaluation drills at the Combine. The biggest winners include Georgia TE Darnell Washington, who measured as the biggest wingspan and second-largest hands ever for a tight end at the Combine.
- The wide receivers largely disappointed, however, as USC’s Jordan Addison, LSU’s Kayshon Boutte, Houston’s Tank Dell all posted underwhelming 40 times and relative athletic scores. Boston College’s Zay Flowers and Tennessee’s Jalin Hyatt were among the standouts at the position.
- Florida QB Anthony Richardson measured in at 6–foot-4 and 244 pounds with 10.5-inch hands. His 40.5-inch vertical is a new Combine record for quarterbacks. Kentucky’s Will Levis impressed during throwing drills, too, while TCU’s Max Duggan showed off his athleticism with a 4.52 unofficial 40.
- Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Dallas hasn’t made any progress on a new deal with Leighton Vander Esch. Similarly, there’s little optimism about an agreement with Donovan Wilson. Looks like both players will hit free agency when the new league year opens next week.
- The Raiders are expected to place the franchise tag on running back Josh Jacobs if they can’t reach a deal before Tuesday’s deadline. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo named Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard as other candidates for the tag, which would catapult Miles Sanders to the top of the market.
- Potential No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young isn’t reading into the concerns about his size. At the Combine on Friday, Young said the following: “I’ve been this size, respectfully, my whole life. I know who I am, I know what I can do . . . I’m going to continue to control what I can control, continue working my hardest. ..”