Chargers hiring former Cowboys assistant Kellen Moore to be offensive coordinator

Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times on

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Moving quickly, the Chargers are hiring Kellen Moore as their offensive coordinator.

Moore, 33, spent five seasons with Dallas before he and the team parted ways Sunday in what the Cowboys termed a mutual decision.

He replaces Joe Lombardi, who had the job for two years before being fired following the Chargers' AFC wild-card playoff loss at Jacksonville.

The Chargers announced that they had agreed to terms with Moore on Monday in a late-morning news release.

A former quarterback at Boise State, Moore was Dallas' offensive coordinator the last four years. During that time, the Cowboys ranked second in the NFL in total offense (averaging 391 yards per game) and scoring (27.7 points per game).

Dallas finished first in points and yards in 2021 and fourth in points and 11th in yards this season.


One of Moore's obvious tasks will be improving a running game that the Chargers struggled to establish throughout 2022. They ranked 30th in yards rushing per game and tied for 30th in yards per rush.

The inability to run cost them significantly in their playoff loss to the Jaguars. Up early 27-0, the Chargers ended up losing 31-30 in part because they couldn't control the ball or clock in the second half.

Dallas was ninth in rushing overall in each of the last two seasons. The Cowboys had a 1,000-yard rusher in Tony Pollard (1.007) this season, while teammate Ezekiel Elliott finished with 876 yards.

The Chargers haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Melvin Gordon (1,105) in 2017.


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