Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore

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Star College Coach Praises Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore

Bobby Belt
March 11, 2019 - 2:30 pm

While fans and analysts continue to assess Kellen Moore’s qualifications as the Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator, one of the nation’s top college coaches is praising the hire.

Speaking by phone, University of Washington head coach Chris Petersen, who coached Moore at Boise State from 2007-2011, described Moore’s understanding of football as “light-years ahead of people his age.”

“It totally makes sense to me,” Petersen said of Moore’s hire. “The Cowboys know what they’re doing. They’ve been around a lot of good coaches, and they know when they see something that’s special.”

Petersen’s strong endorsement of Moore echoes similar statements made recently by two of Dallas’ leaders on offense.

Cowboys center Travis Frederick spoke with Ben and Skin on 105.3 The Fan before the hire was made official, remarking that Moore had designed a play that has “scored several touchdowns” for the Cowboys over the last few years.

“Immediately when you talk to him, you understand how smart that he is, and how well he understands the game.

“As a player, and then moving into that coaching role, he got a little bit more say in that coaching role. And all of a sudden you started to see a few things, a few innovations.”

Moore also has the confidence of the team’s quarterback.

“He’s honestly one of these young genius phenoms in the game,” Dak Prescott raved when speaking with 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ from Super Bowl Radio Row. “Just the way he sees the game, the way he’s ahead of the game. He can bring a lot to us, a lot of creativity; something we need.”

Following his retirement at the end of 2017 after six seasons in the NFL, Moore was named the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach for 2018. The team promoted him to offensive coordinator after parting ways with Scott Linehan.

Moore’s career trajectory, while rapid, bears a striking similarity to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett joined Nick Saban’s 2005 Miami Dolphins staff as quarterbacks coach immediately following his retirement as well. After two seasons on the job, the Cowboys hired Garrett away from Miami to be their offensive coordinator in 2007.

Moore was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010 under Petersen’s tutelage, and his 50 career wins as starting quarterback for the Broncos remains an NCAA Division I FBS record.

“When he came in as a freshman, he redshirted, and how he approached the meetings was really like nothing I had ever seen,” Petersen recalls. “He absorbed it all.”

It’s that studious nature that Petersen believes will serve Moore well as an NFL coordinator.

“He may be young in age, but he has a lot of experience. He has gotten mileage out of all the meetings he’s been in.

“All the training he had as a quarterback playing, being in those meetings in the NFL, let alone college; I just think he’s gotten more out of it than most would. He’s just so much further along than most guys would be at that age, and that’s what’s unique about him.”

Petersen said he’s exchanged texts with Moore since the announcement, and that his former quarterback is excited for the opportunity.

“I just told him congratulations,” Petersen says before joking about the NFL coaching grind. “And be careful what you wish for.”