Cowboys Rumors: OC Kellen Moore Requested for Panthers HC Interview

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 11, 2023

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 24: Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the first half in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers have reportedly requested permission to interview Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for their head-coaching vacancy.

Todd Archer of ESPN reported the news, which comes just days before the Cowboys are set to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Wild Card Round.

Moore has been the Cowboys' offensive coordinator since 2019. He was one of the few holdovers when the team fired Jason Garrett and hired Mike McCarthy prior to the 2020 season.

Dallas finished 11th in total offense and fourth in scoring offense during the 2022 regular season, a year after leading the league in scoring and total offense. The Cowboys have led the NFL in total offense twice during Moore's tenure, and their only down season came in 2020 when Dak Prescott was limited to five games because of a leg injury.

The Panthers' job feels like a spot for a first-time coach to get their shot at the top job. Carolina hasn't had a winning season since 2017, has one of the worst quarterback rooms in football and isn't exactly a bustling hotbed of skill position talent either after trading Christian McCaffrey at the deadline.

Any coach that takes the job will do so knowing they're likely looking at a multiyear rebuilding project.

Moore is just 34 years old, which would make him the NFL's youngest coach if hired, and could work one of two ways. He could be champing at the bit to land his first gig or realize his age can work to his advantage and allow him to be more patient for a better offer.

As it stands, Moore should be considered among the candidates on the shortlist to eventually land in Carolina.