Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy calls out Kellen Moore, tells offensive coordinator ‘we’ve got to be a little smarter’ as life without Dak Prescott begins for Dallas
- The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly be without Dak Prescott for six to eight weeks
- They will have to adjust to life with backup Cooper Rush for parts of the NFL season
- Mike McCarthy made the comment Friday after a 19-3 loss to the Bucs in Week 1
- And Kellen Moore will be under pressure to improve on a poor opening game
Excitement is already bubbling in Dallas following Dak Prescott’s thumb injury, as head coach Mike McCarthy called offensive coordinator Kellen Moore out on Friday.
The Cowboys are 0-1 after a deflating 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers in Week 1, and while Prescott will now miss six to eight weeks, according to ESPNthe offense didn’t set the world on fire until Prescott exited the game in the fourth quarter.
“Let’s be honest: In Kellen’s time as coordinator, he’s been able to play very, very aggressively,” McCarthy said journalists.
Mike McCarthy has an 18-16 record as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys
Kellen Moore is in his fourth season as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator
“But we’re in a phase right now where we have to be a bit smarter in certain situations. It’s part of growing as a play caller.’
The Cowboys finished the Bucs game with just 244 total yards, including just 71 on the ground, and were the only team in the entire league not to score a touchdown in Week 1.
Now the focus will be on maximizing the talents of backup quarterback Cooper Rush, who will play in Prescott’s place.
Rush started one game last season, passing for 325 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive performance against the Vikings, though the drop-off from Prescott to him is expected to be significant.
Regardless, former Cowboys defensive end and ESPN analyst Marcus Spears thinks it’s up to Moore to save the day.
“The conversation has continued to evolve around Cooper Rush, but Kellen Moore — you’re on the clock,” he continued Sports center.
Cooper Rush will now take over at quarterback after the injury to Dak Prescott
‘This is your opportunity as an offensive coordinator to get creative and find out where you are lacking and try to hide it. That’s the job of an offensive coordinator.
And everyone keeps telling me the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is good. This is the NFL, right?
And I know we rank people for a reason, but if you’re not up to par with what you need to do – when you have to focus on how good the other team is, that’s already a bad sign.
Moore is in his fourth season as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, and the team performed well statistically last season with Prescott available for all but one regular-season game (he played just five games in 2020).
Prescott is expected to be back this season, but Dallas will need to perform reasonably well to ensure he plays meaningful games when he returns
The team finished with the most yards of offense (6,919) in the league and shared the second most yards per game (6.0).
However, the team managed to score just 17 points against the 49ers in a first-round playoff loss, and this season also started with a dud.
And Moore’s task of reviving the offense won’t get any easier with a few key absences from last year’s 12-5 team.
“Amari Cooper is gone, Tyron Smith is [hurt]Cedric Wilson is gone, new offensive line you implement, Spears said.
“Hey, you’ve got to go earn that paycheck as an offensive coordinator… you’ve got to adjust.”