1. Finally, no more Kellen Moore!
As soon as running back Ezekiel Elliott snapped the ball to quarterback Dak Prescott on the final play of the Cowboys’ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, most fans called for the team to make a change at offensive coordinator.
Soon after, the Cowboys and Moore mutually parted ways, and head coach Mike McCarthy took over play-calling duties. McCarthy called the offensive plays in Green Bay for most of his tenure there and was successful. So, it made sense for Dallas to go this way.
But through six games, most Cowboys fans would probably prefer to have back Moore.
McCarthy’s offense in 2023 has been hard to watch at times this season. Whether it’s not utilizing Cooks in the right way, or running on first and second down and gaining nothing, Dallas’ offense has taken a significant step back.
The numbers would suggest it too, especially in the red zone. The Cowboys were the No. 1 red zone offense in 2022, better than the Kansas City Chiefs, better than the Buffalo Bills and better than the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas converted a touchdown on 71.4% of their red-zone trips.
This year, that number has dropped all the way down to 39.1% -- seventh lowest in the NFL. On top of that, the Cowboys rank middle of the pack in yards per game (329.8) and offensive points per game (20.8).
Yes, the offense hasn't been needed as much due to the defense's strong play. However, the Cowboys have struggled to move the ball at times like in Week 6 against a bottom defense in the Los Angeles Chargers.
Despite many fans wanting the team to move on from Moore after the 2022 season, Dallas’ offense hasn’t been as explosive without him calling the shots. Things can change because it’s only been six games. But the Cowboys haven't looked sharp so far on that side of the ball to begin the year.