The Dallas Cowboys made extensive changes to their coaching staff and player personnel this offseason, but no move has made more headlines and drawn more criticism than the firing of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
Mike McCarthy will step in for Moore as the primary offensive play-caller, while longtime NFL assistant Brian Schottenheimer fills Moore's shoes as OC, which basically means he'll help with install and scheme week-to-week.
Moore, meanwhile, was swiftly hired by the Chargers to replace Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator. It's no surprise Moore landed on his feet as quickly as he did, and there's palpable buzz in Los Angeles about the budding relationship between Moore and Justin Herbert.
Cowboys fans are eager to see how Moore fares on the west coast, and they're equally intrigued to find out how Dak Prescott performs in a tweaked system.
Coming off a turnover-plagued 2022, Prescott is already motivated enough to bounce-back next season. However, Moore gushing over his new quarterback's arm talent should give Dak more motive to prove his doubters wrong.
Kellen Moore's Justin Herbert praise should motivate Cowboys' Dak Prescott
Moore has long been aware of Herbert's freakish arm strength and other physical attributes. After watching him up close this spring, though, Moore realized he should expand his horizons as far as the Chargers playbook is concerned in order to maximize Herbert's skillset.
"“Yeah, there’s some obvious stuff. The biggest thing is obviously his arm talent. But his combination of size, throwing ability, athleticism, I mean, there’s only a few on earth that can have that combination, and play at such a high level. It’s really fun to see. I was a 6-foot, kind of hanging-on quarterback for six years. And I laugh, there’s a few throws sometimes he makes that I say, ‘I would never think about trying that throw, but here we are.’ It’s opened my eyes to some things.”"
It's not often fired offensive coordinators transition from one immensely talented offensive to another, but Moore's done just that. Herbert is one of the premier QB talents in the game, and he's surrounded by high-level playmakers, including running back Austin Ekeler, and receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen.
Look, there's nothing wrong with Moore hyping up his new quarterback. His comments weren't intended as a slight against Prescott. Moore conveyed his adoration of Prescott numerous times during his Cowboys tenure.
That said, Prescott can absolutely use this quote as bulletin-board material. That's not to say he should try to mimic Herbert -- Herbert is a legit cyborg at the QB position and can make throws nobody else can -- but as far as being the best version of himself, cutting down on turnovers and leading Dallas to another double-digit win season and a potential deep playoff run? You bet.
We wish Moore nothing but success with the Bolts, but we'd be lying if we said there isn't a part of us that hopes Prescott turns in the best season of his career in 2023.