It's pretty ironic that Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles fans were laughing at each other for keeping Mike McCarthy and Nick Sirianni. What separated the rivals and made the Eagles appear more self-aware than Dallas, though, is that they parted ways with their offensive and defensive coordinators.
The Eagles have since made an exceptional hire in Vic Fangio, who'll take over the defense. Fangio has historically been successful against McCarthy offenses and he put together another sound display in the Cowboys' 2023 matchup against the Dolphins, when Miami held Dallas to less than 340 yards of total offense.
Though Philly has personnel issues on defense, it's definitely concerning that the Cowboys will face Vangio twice a year in 2024. The hire also prevents Dallas from pursuing Fangio to replace Dan Quinn, assuming he gets a coaching job, so this is very much a double-edged sword situation.
However, the latest Eagles coaching rumors have Cowboys fans hysterical. But not in tears. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Philly has requested an interview with Kellen Moore (!) for their OC job.
Moore is now a coveted offensive coordinator candidate after the Chargers hired Jim Harbaugh, who'll presumably take over the offense.
Eagles targeting Kellen Moore for offensive coordinator job has Cowboys fans laughing
This would be absolutely hilarious.
The initial signs weren't promising, but McCarthy's decision to dismiss Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator and take over play-calling ultimately proved to move mountains. Dak Prescott had the best season of his career and took better care of the football in McCarthy's Texas Coast offense, which was just as prolific as Moore's offense but resulted in fewer turnovers.
Moore, meanwhile, had a rough go of it in Los Angeles this year. The Chargers offense finished 18th in yards and 21st in points scored. Granted, Justin Herbert and standout receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams all missed time with injury, but the offense underwhelmed relative to its talent when it was healthy.
Moore completely abandoned the run game in LA, which makes him a questionable fit with the Eagles, who have a dual-threat QB in Jalen Hurts and profile as a run-first offense. Not to mention, Hurts took a notable step back as a pocket passer this season. Whether that was due to injury is up for debate, but it's hard to argue that Hurts regressed after his MVP-caliber 2022 campaign.
Beyond that, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that some members of the Eagles staff were upset after now-former OC Brian Johnson was fired.
"There’s some weird vibes out of there," Fowler said of Johnson's firing. "I just don’t know that everybody on the staff is happy about everything that’s gone down – especially with Brian Johnson who was sort of caught in the middle."
Could Moore's potential hiring cause more unrest on the staff? Who knows, but this news provides needed comedic relief for Cowboys fans following a heartbreaking end to the season and whirlwind start to the offseason.