Kellen Moore to retire from playing, become new Cowboys QB coach - Alex Marvez, Sporting News
An unnamed source told Marvez that Kellen Moore is expected to retire and become the Cowboys’ new quarterbacks coach.
The possibility of Moore making the move was the subject of Cowboys media speculation this past week following the departure of quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, a move first forecast last Monday by Sporting News. Wilson’s contract is expiring and will not be renewed.
Moore is only 28 in comparison to Garrett, who was 39 when hired as Miami’s quarterbacks coach in 2005 by then-Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. Moore, though, has spent five of his six NFL seasons under the tutelage of Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, dating back to when both began working together with the Detroit Lions in 2012.
That relationship gives Moore intimate knowledge of Linehan’s offensive system.
Report: Dallas Cowboys want Kellen Moore for QB coaching job - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
Ryle's lukewarm assessment of the reported move echoes what many Cowboys fans are feeling.
While the new job would be a clear testament to the faith the Cowboys and particularly Linehan have in him, it is not one that is going to be met with overwhelming approval from observers. Moore was never that proficient on the field, and there have been some questions as to how much he was willing to help Dallas QB Dak Prescott when the two were competing for a roster spot. Further, with the perception that the Cowboys need some innovative thinking for the offense after the sputtering performance of last season, he does not seem likely to bring much of that, having been a part of the team for the past three years, as well as having worked with Linehan while on the roster of the Detroit Lions. Were it not for Linehan, it is doubtful he ever would have been on the Dallas roster.
Cowboys rank 4th worst in percentage of pressured drop backs - Reddit
Not sure where this data is from (presumably ESPN via Football Outsiders) but it is a telling stat for 2017 and the Cowboys' offensive struggles. I guess the Cowboys' O-line is not going to win the O-line of the Year Award this time around.
The Cowboys would be wise to check in with their former offensive line coach/playcaller Tony Sparano. That would be quite an upgrade.— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) January 7, 2018
How the Dallas Cowboys' rookies fared in 2017 - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Davison, looks at each player from the 2017 rookie class.
The Dallas Cowboys were the toast of the NFL a year ago. They had hit home run after home run in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Ezekiel Elliott lived up to his top-five hype by being the league’s rushing champion; fourth-round pick Dak Prescott put together one of the best rookie seasons by a quarterback in history; and players such as Maliek Collins (third round) and Anthony Brown (sixth round) established themselves as starting-caliber players.
The 2017 class? It didn’t come close to replicating that success. Pass rusher Taco Charlton had a slow start and never consistently flashed. Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis had their moments, but were plagued by injuries.
But that doesn’t mean the draft class is a bust. The Cowboys saw enough promise, particularly from the young secondary (Awuzie, Lewis and sixth-round pick Xavier Woods) to feel optimistic going forward.
Playoffs or bust? Looking that way for Cowboys in 2018 - Shuyler Dixon, Corsicanadailysun.com
Just days after finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs, Jerry Jones is already talking Super Bowls again.
Dak Prescott couldn't duplicate his remarkable rookie year even when fellow first-year star Ezekiel Elliott wasn't suspended. Now the quarterback-running back combo for the Dallas Cowboys will have to figure out how to get back to the playoffs in what could be a critical season for the future of coach Jason Garrett.
Garrett has missed the playoffs in five of his seven full seasons, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones reiterated on his radio show Tuesday that Garrett will return. But Jones has said he believes the Cowboys have the pieces to end a nearly 25-year run without a trip to the Super Bowl, or even an NFC championship game. A second straight season without the playoffs could be the end for Garrett.
VIDEO: Study Shows Cowboys Byron Jones is NFL's Fastest Defender - NBCFW Staff
In a New York Times study, "Sportradar" measured NFL players' game speed by using computer chips in shoulder pads. Cowboys safety Byron Jones registered the top speed among all NFL defenders on one specific play against the Eagles, when he ran 22.11 miles per hour and caught RB Jay Ajayi from behind.
Local Legend Dak Prescott to headline 2018 Daily Advertiser Sports Awards - Daily Advertiser
Louisiana hero Dak Prescott will follow in the footsteps of Drew Brees and Peyton Manning as he headlines this year's Daily Advertiser Sport Awards event.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, a native of Sulphur and graduate of Mississippi State University, will headline The Daily Advertiser’s third annual Sports Awards set for May 16 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.
The Sports Awards, a red-carpet, ESPY-like affair, will recognize more than 250 outstanding high school athletes for achievements on and off the field. Previous guest speakers were Drew Brees in 2016 and Peyton Manning in 2017.
Did off-field drama cost the Cowboys their season? Troy Aikman thinks so - SportsDay Staff
Troy Aikman recently joined KTCK-FM 96.7 and talked about how external distractions may have derailed the Cowboys season.
What was the main thing that did the Cowboys in this season?
Aikman: "Well... I just think that this year's not a lot different than most years. I think that there just seems to always be a lot of discussion about this team that has very little to do with what's happening on the field. I'm a believer that that stuff takes a toll. It goes back to the start of the season.
"With Ezekiel Elliott's suspension -- when was it going to occur? Could they push it into next year? That went on and on and on and on. I think that created some distraction -- a bit of doubt for a staff putting together game plans and things of that nature. So I think that was part of it.
"And of course, the whole situation with the commissioner and, you know, there was a number of things that had very little to do with what was happening on the field.
How much would it cost to make Bill Belichick coach of Cowboys? - Peter Dawson, Boston Herald
This is a hypothetical, wrapped in a hypothetical, inside yet another hypothetical. But it's a fun read anyway.
For the sake of this exercise, let’s set aside whether Belichick would even want to coach another franchise.
For starters, Belichick would likely demand to be head coach and general manager, the same titles he currently holds in New England. That means Jones would have to step down as general manager, an action he’s been extremely unwilling to do. Again, for argument’s sake, let’s say the Cowboys’ owner managed to put his ego aside.
Given Gurden’s new deal and the two questions above, Jones would likely have to offer somewhere between $11 million and $12 million a year to convince Belichick to come run the Cowboys.
Of course, the organization and the owner have been in this situation before. Back in 2003, it took a big contract to lure coaching legend and Belichick mentor Bill Parcells out of retirement. Jones didn’t give up the role of general manager, but Parcells almost certainly had more input than most of the team’s head coaches before or since when it came to personnel matters.