At the NFL Scouting Combine Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy made some comments about the philosophical differences between himself and former offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
Here’s what Moore said about his time with McCarthy, per Todd Archer of ESPN.
“It was really fun just to go through the process of merging worlds. I think that was such a fun process. There’s just so many little things as you go through game plans and gamedays as you’re calling the game, just being able to have those conversations about different ways you can go, different paths you can take, he was really a great sounding board for me.”
Moore and the Cowboys mutually agreed to part ways in January.
Here are McCarthy’s Wednesday comments, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News:
“We didn’t have enough pass rush. And then we got into the playoffs, and we got into a shootout, and we got our ass kicked. …So my point is, I’ve been there, and he’s wired a little bit that way. I’ve been where Kellen’s been. Kellen wants to light the scoreboard up, but I want him to run the damn ball so I can rest my defense … I think when you’re a coordinator, you know but you’re in charge of the offense. Being a head coach and being a play caller, you’re a little more in tune with (everything). I don’t desire to be the No. 1 offense in the league. I want to be the No. 1 team in the league with the number of wins and a championship. And if we’ve got to give up some production and take care of the ball a little better to get that, then that’s what we’ll do because we have a really good defense.”
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The Cowboys have since promoted Brian Schottenheimer from consultant to offensive coordinator. He served the same role for the New York Jets from 2006 to 2011, and also held that position for the St. Louis Rams (2012–2014), University of Georgia (2015) and Seattle Seahawks (2018–2020).
Moore was hired by the Los Angeles Chargers as their new offensive coordinator shortly after he parted ways with the Cowboys.
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