Irvin: Retaining Kellen Moore The Right Choice For Dak

Mike McCarthy retaining Moore as offensive coordinator was a good decision, Michael Irvin says

Tiki and Tierney
January 22, 2020 - 1:17 pm
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Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has elected to retain offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, and Michael Irvin believes that was absolutely the right choice.

“This part, out of all of it, [is] probably [what] I’m most happy about,” the NFL Network analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion said on Tiki & Tierney. “When you finally get somewhere, you want to kind of live there for a while. Peyton Manning was so successful because he took his offense with him. Tom Brady is successful right now because he has his offense. Everybody is talking about where’s Tom going? Understand you don’t want to bring Tom over unless you bring all that he’s been doing for the last 20 years. Nobody wants a 40-something-year-old guy; they want the 20 years’ experience that’s coming with the 40-something-year-old guy. So you don’t bring him over and put him in a brand-new offense. You bring him over and give him his offense to run so he can bring all the experience over with him.”

It’s the same principle with Prescott, who completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. Prior to this season, Prescott had never thrown for even 3,900 yards. He had also thrown for just 22 touchdowns in each of the last two years.

“Dak Prescott just had his best year in this offense,” Irvin said. “And what I did not want to see was him go all the way back to first base when he just rounded third trying to come to home and put up the best numbers he had in this system – and now all of a sudden scrap the whole system and bring something else in. So I like that they’re going to use Kellen Moore and even use that system and bring this other system in and teach so it’s something added, not something that overwhelms him, and he can still have early success.

“Look at what Aaron Rodgers looked like early on in that new offense,” Irvin continued. “And he’s Aaron Rodgers. Of course they ultimately won and they got better as the year goes on, but you want him to have some kind of carryover from the success he had.”