KT'S Notebook: Kellen Moore, Mavs Trade Rumors, Cover Songs, & More

Kevin 'KT' Turner
January 25, 2019 - 10:49 am
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KELLEN MOORE

-In all likelihood, Kellen Moore will soon be named the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys.  At first many fans were outraged, but I feel like everybody has kind of calmed down a little bit after tweets from the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and positive quotes from current Cowboys players like Travis Frederick.

The one thing I'll say about the possible Kellen Moore hiring is that it's important to remember how loose the Cowboys are with their titles. Offensive coordinator does not make him the singular figure in the offense, and that was sort of the case with Linehan around.

I think it's weird, and actually quite frightening to scream for the blood of Scott Linehan, only to immediately gripe about the idea of Kellen Moore having a little say in the offense.

I understand the frustration, but I just think in the end when it all goes back to square one, we have to remember that we just don't really know that much about Kellen yet. I'm assuming at the time this is published he's still not officially named the OC and we also don't know who the play caller will be. One thing I continue to be confident in is I truly don't think Jason Garrett will be the one calling plays. 

MAVS TRADE RUMORS

What the Mavericks decide to do or don't do at the trade deadline will be very telling on how they feel the rest of this season will go.  With them still having a protected top five pick, one they'll give to Atlanta if they are outside of the top five, it's still not out of the question for them to find a way to have a chance in the lottery.  That sounds crazy, and I'd personally rather them just win games and make a late playoff push for the 8 seed, but it's kind of hard to see that right now.

If they do make a run and fall a couple games short, it'll be super frustrating to look back on the last couple of weeks and remember that DSJ and Rick weren't getting along.  

Either way, the idea of trading a 21 year old with that much talent, this early in his career, is kind of borderline insane if you ask me.  Unless the deal is a no brainer that you just can't say no to, the Mavericks should be holding on to Dennis Smith Jr. and developing him to the best of their abilities...if Carlisle will allow that. 

INTRIGUING SUPER BOWL SPORTS PLAYER

It's still a little early for me to really start thinking about the match-ups in this year's Super Bowl, but one thing I thought about recently was the career trajectory of Brandin Cooks. The Oregon State WR was drafted 20th overall by the Saints in the 2014 draft.  His numbers looked like this with New Orleans...

2014: 53 catches, 550 yards, 3 touchdowns

2015: 84 catches, 1198 yards, 9 touchdowns

2016: 78 catches, 1173 yards, 8 touchdowns

He was then traded to the Patriots for a first round pick that ended up being Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk. With the Patriots in 2017 he had 65 catches and 7 touchdowns while going for over a thousand yards receiving.  

His rookie deal was up, but the Patriots could still pick up his 5th-year option. Instead, they traded him to the Rams and ended up getting a first round pick out of it.  That pick was 23rd and they selected Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, who missed the season due to injury.  

So here we are, one year after losing in the Super Bowl and Cooks is back in the big game going up against his former team, after beating his other former team.  What a wild ride. With 80 catches for 1200 yards and 5 touchdowns, Cooks has been highly productive for the Rams, proving he was probably worth the first round picks he was traded for twice so far in his 5-year career.  It's so rare to see guys of his talent and magnitude traded so early in their career, much less twice.  

VIEWING PLEASURE

*I really enjoyed both documentaries on the Fyre Festival.  While I think the Netflix one is better, I highly recommend the Hulu documentary as well.  They compliment each other really well, and you hardly feel like you're watching the same thing.  It's one of those rare scenarios where you know the story and how it goes, but it still feels unpredictable.  I don't think it matters what order you watch them in, but I do think you should check it out. 

*If there were an award for a television show that people should be talking about more then FXX's "You're The Worst" and HBO's "Crashing" deserve to be nominees. "You're The Worst" is in its final season, the story of two really awful people and the wild ins and outs of their relationship as well as the lives of those around them.  It's edgy, funny, and unpredictable.  HBO's "Crashing" stars comedian Pete Holmes and kicked off its third season last week. It's the story of a struggling comedian working his way up in the New York comedy scene.  Both are 30-minute shows, so easy to binge watch, should you be on board to check them out. I've put my name on it now, so hopefully, they don't let you down if you go check them out. 

EARLY DRAFT PROSPECT FAVORITES
It's still very early in the process in terms of scouting players for the draft, but I already have a few names of guys to keep an eye on for the Cowboys.  Obviously, these aren't high-end household names right now as the Cowboys don't have a first round pick, but I think they are very catchy and easy names to remember!

Dax Raymond is a tight end out of Utah State. He's a little old at 24, but he shows the ability to separate down the field. I think he's a guy who could open up the field a little bit for them and he's probably a guy who you could target at pick 90 in the 3rd round.

Penny Hart is a 5'8" WR out of Georgia State, but he has destroyed defensive backs at the Senior Bowl.  He might be a guy who slides to day three of the draft, but his size just doesn't worry me too much.  The league is about getting the ball to guys in space and letting them go make plays, Penny Hart could be that explosive player that this offense could use. 

Andy Isabella is a 5'9" WR out of Massachusetts and is rising in the eyes of evaluators as we get closer to the draft. While tiny, with small hands, and a small target, he can burn. He's fast, he's shifty, gets open. and had 13 catches against Georgia. If you have a problem with his small school collegiate competition. 

Hart and Isabella are two guys I'd love to have on my team if the Cowboys choose to let Cole Beasley walk in free agency. 

COVERS

Weezer blew up the internet at midnight on Thursday with the release of "The Teal Album".  A full 10 song LP of cover songs, featuring "Toto" by Africa, "Everybody Wants to Rule The World" by Tears for Fears, "Sweet Dreams" by The Eurythmics, "Take On Me" by A-ha, "Happy Together" by The Turtles, "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, "No Scrubs" by TLC, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, and "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King.

Overall, "Happy Together" is my favorite on the album, but it's an extremely quick listen and it's really good.  Not great, but good.  I've come to the conclusion that Weezer is the band that's impossible to hate. I think everybody likes them, or likes the songs they know, but I've never heard someone say "I hate Weezer".  Honestly, in this day and age, that's a pretty cool compliment for a band. 

EVERYBODY LOVES LISTS

In honor of the Weezer album, my list of top ten recorded cover songs. Not live, but recorded.