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Mike McCarthy says Kellen Moore will call offensive plays in 2020

1/17/2020 6:57:59 AM
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On Thursday Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will call plays this year, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Cowboys also will use the same terminology from the timing-based system they used under the fired Jason Garrett.

“I thought he did a very good job, so I want to keep the language on offense the same,” McCarthy said. “I’m confident that Kellen can still be the play-caller. That’s the path we’re going down. We’re still working through that, but my goal is for him to be the play-caller.”

McCarthy said the structure and “how we organize the offense, how the game analysis and how it’s installed and the structure, the components surrounding that will probably come from my background.”

But he was impressed with what Moore did in his first year as offensive coordinator last season, directing the league’s No. 1-ranked offense. Quarterback Dak Prescott passed for more than 4,900 yards to go along with two 1,000-yard receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup and a 1,300-yard rusher in Ezekiel Elliott.

McCarthy was so impressed that he said he would have pursued Moore for a staff position if he had landed a job somewhere else. He interviewed for openings with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants before being hired by the Cowboys.

It made sense for him to keep Moore here and let owner Jerry Jones know that was his plan during his interview for the job.

“Kellen Moore is someone that I was watching from afar, regardless of which opportunity worked out for myself personally,” McCarthy said. “With that, the opportunity to work with Kellen is something I was going to pursue either way. So obviously getting the Dallas job and the things you wanted to keep in place here, I wanted to make sure that we were able to capitalize on what had been established here, the old theory of don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. So, I do want to build off of what’s in place.”

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