After seeing the speed at which Kellen Moore has risen in the Cowboys organization it’s hard to not see the comparisons between his rise and the rise of former head coach Jason Garrett.
It looks like Moore might be following the same path Garrett did when he resided in Dallas.
Garrett entered the NFL in 1989 as an undrafted free agent. In 1992, after bouncing around as a quarterback in the NFL and CFL since Garrett was signed onto the Cowboys practice squad. He eventually made his way to be the second string behind Troy Aikman in 1993. With the Cowboys, Garrett made a few starts and left Dallas in 1999 with 2,042 yards and 11 touchdowns over 39 games.
Moore began his NFL career in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. After serving as a backup quarterback for the Lions for three seasons, he was signed by the Cowboys in 2015.
Moore became the backup to Tony Romo in Dallas and had a few starts when Romo was injured. He did not have a lot of success on the field, but he did become the fifth quarterback in Cowboys history to throw for over 400 yards in a game.
Garrett retired from the NFL in 2014 after playing with for Tampa Bay and the Giants. In 2005 he was hired as a quarterbacks coach in Miami under head coach Nick Saban. He remained in Miami for two years and was then hired by Dallas as their offensive coordinator. As coordinator Garrett gave the Cowboys the second-best offense in the NFL in 2007.
After the 2007 season, Garrett was interviewed for a head coaching position in Baltimore and Atlanta but remained in Dallas. He became the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL with a salary of $3 million in 2008. After the 2008 season, Garrett was again interviewed for head coaching positions in Detroit, Denver, and St. Louis. He again stayed in Dallas and was later named interim head coach after the firing of Wade Phillips.
In 2018 Moore retired from the NFL after playing with the Cowboys for three years. He was then hired by Dallas as their quarterback coach. He was credited with the development of Dak Prescott. In 2019 Moore was promoted by Dallas to offensive coordinator under Garrett. The Cowboys had the number one offense in the NFL in 2019 under Moore.
After Garrett left the Cowboys Kellen Moore was the only coach retained under the new regime of head coach Mike McCarthy. In 2020 the Cowboys offense fell to number 16 in the NFL, but they had their fair share of injuries.
The careers of Garrett and Moore have followed an eerily similar path so far and Mike McCarthy might need to be looking over his shoulder a little if the Cowboys continue to underperform next season.
Moore could be one more coaching change away from being the main guy in Dallas.
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