Mac Engel: Kellen Moore departure from Cowboys means only Dak Prescott can save Mike McCarthy

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Mike McCarthy’s hesitation to discuss the status of his offensive coordinator said everything, and the departure of Kellen Moore was officially inevitable.

Rather than announce Moore’s departure from the team with the other coaching staff changes last week, the Dallas Cowboys waited until the middle of the NFL’s conference title games to make the news official.

If you can’t reach the NFC title game, the next best alternative is to make a headline right in the middle of it.

When McCarthy arrived to the Cowboys in 2020, he inherited the Boise State boy-genius offensive coordinator/QB coach from previous head coach Jason Garrett.

McCarthy gave Moore every opportunity to flourish as his play caller and coordinator. In 2021, the Cowboys ranked first in the NFL in points in yards; in 2022, they ranked fourth in points and 11th in yards.

And he’s the problem.


Now the Cowboys and Kellen Moore have separated but both want what’s best for the children, i.e. the quarterback.

Dak Prescott is now McCarthy’s savior.

And, because Moore is so bad at his job, he’s gone to L.A. to work in the same role with the Chargers, and their stud passer, Justin Herbert.

This ending may ultimately not be straight from NFL Films, or Hallmark, but McCarthy is doing what he should as head coach and exercising control. He’s the head coach, and if he thinks this will benefit the team he must do it.


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