Cowboys fans were indirectly thrust into a bit of panic mode last Tuesday when Auburn hired Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin to the same position. That’s because it created a vacancy that Cowboys offensive coordinator and former star quarterback for the Broncos Kellen Moore immediately became a top contender for. News then broke on Saturday that Moore had interviewed for the job and was a serious candidate, with only one other apparent competitor.
Earlier in the week, when asked about it, Mike McCarthy would only say that it was something he hadn’t discussed yet with Moore, as they were busy preparing for the Eagles game. But after the Cowboys finished their 37-17 victory, McCarthy was once again asked about the possibility that Moore could be leaving the team soon, and his answer seemed to strongly hint at that being the case.
#Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy addressed reports of Kellen Moore's interest in the head coaching vacancy at #BoiseState following the game today.— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) December 28, 2020
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Most notable in his answer was when McCarthy said the following:
“As far as Kellen’s opportunity... that’s really not for me to speak on... that’s something he’ll ultimately speak on.... I think at the right time, that’s really for Kellen and Boise State to speak on, but um... I’ve probably said too much already, but we think the world of him.”
If that sounds like a not-so-subtle hint that Boise State will soon be announcing Moore as their newest head coach, you’re not alone. Several others took to Twitter to wonder aloud if McCarthy had just spilled the beans indirectly.
Did Mike McCarthy possibly give away #Cowboys OC Kellen Moore is going to be the next head coach at Boise State? Mike told the media "I probably said too much," when discussing Moore's interview with his alma mater.@NBCDFWSports pic.twitter.com/ql7bSeJhoE— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 28, 2020
For what it's worth, it certainly sounds like Mike McCarthy thinks Kellen Moore is off to Boise State.— Ari Temkin (@arisports) December 28, 2020
It’s worth noting, however, that NFL insider Jay Glazer reported earlier on Sunday that Moore was “torn” between the prospect of returning to his alma mater or staying with the Cowboys:
“He won 50 games at Boise State,” Glazer said Sunday morning on FOX. “Boise State is a great job. They’re targeting him to be a head coach. But I’m told he’s kind of torn both ways. He loves, obviously, Boise. But if he wants to get a head-coaching job in the NFL, a faster path is for him to stay in the NFL because, obviously, people like these young offensive coaches.”
It’s unclear from Glazer’s scoop whether Moore has made a decision yet. or Boise State, for that matter, but McCarthy certainly sounded like he expects to be looking for a new offensive coordinator soon.