Kellen Moore to remain Cowboys OC after Eagles pass on him for head coaching job

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By 105.3 The Fan

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Cowboys may have come awfully close to losing Kellen Moore on Thursday. But, thankfully, it didn't happen.

The Eagles reportedly hired Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach on Thursday.

While Moore wasn't considered to be a favorite for the job, Sirianni wasn't either.

The 39-year-old has coached in the NFL since 2009, spending time with the Chiefs and Chargers before the Colts. However, he has yet to call a single play in the NFL, meaning the chances of losing Moore, who's been calling the Cowboys offensive plays for the last two years, might have been greater than originally thought.

It was wildly speculated that Moore was only interviewing for the job to get experience for when his next (true) head coaching opportunity arises.

But, clearly, the Eagles were looking for a coach who can fix quarterback Carson Wentz. Sirianni and Moore would both fit into that category, as offensive-minded coaches, and the Cowboys offense put up stellar numbers the last two seasons with a healthy Dak Prescott under center.

However, Sirianni had a leg up on Moore due to the fact that he worked under former Eagles offensive coordinator and now Colts head coach Frank Reich. Reich, of course, helped Carson Wentz become a star in the league before injuries and poor play took over.

Albert Breer of the Monday Morning Quarterback expanded further on the Eagles choice, reporting that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the favorite for the job, but the Eagles decided to interview another round of candidates, which included both Sirriani and Moore.

The Cowboys dodged a bullet this time. And, unless the Texans shock the world and hire Moore (he hasn't interviewed with them), then they'll keep their rising coach for at least one more season.

To sum it all up, here's why it's a great day for the Cowboys:

Under Moore, the Cowboys were sixth in points in 2019, and even after losing Prescott for the season, they finished a respectable 17th in 2020. He's only 32-years-old and the Cowboys just signed him to a three-year extension. Will he be here for that long? Only time will tell.