FRISCO - It’s official: Kellen Moore is the Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator.
The Cowboys made the announcement Thursday, nearly two weeks after the team mutually parted ways with former play-caller Scott Linehan.
The team also formally announced Jon Kitna as new quarterbacks coach, the role Moore held last season.
The Cowboys have been evaluating potential shifting roles on head coach Jason Garrett’s staff since Linehan’s departure. Speaking Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones indicated that Moore could be the choice as coordinator as part of a “collaborative effort” in bringing new fresh ideas to the offense.
“Make no mistake about it: he is going to be a key guy in what play is run on that football field – and by key, probably have the ultimate responsibility,” Jones said.
Earlier Thursday on 105.3 The Fan, quarterback Dak Prescott praised Moore as a “genius phenom” on offense.
“He’s special,” Prescott said. “He knows a lot about the game, 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."
Now it’s official.
Moore, 29, grew up in a football family and has been regarded as a creative offensive mind since his days as Boise State’s quarterback. He joined the Cowboys in 2015 after playing under Linehan for two seasons in Detroit.
Moore served as a backup quarterback in Dallas in 2015 and aided Prescott through his rookie season in 2016 after an ankle injury sidelined Moore for the entire year.
Kitna, a former 15-year NFL veteran quarterback with two separate stints in Dallas, will work closely with Prescott. Kitna previously coached at the high school level in Washington, Texas and Arizona. Earlier this year he was named offensive coordinator for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football.