Carolina Panthers Request to Interview Dallas Cowboys OC Kellen Moore

The Dallas Cowboys may have to find themselves a new play caller on offense. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, the Carolina Panthers have officially requested to interview Cowboys' offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for their head coaching vacancy. Moore has served as Cowboys offensive coordinator since 2019, surviving the transition between head coaches Jason Garrett and Mike McCarthy. The Cowboys have ranked sixth or better in scoring in three of his four seasons, peaking at first in 2021. He also famously played quarterback at Boise State from 2008 to 2011, passing for 14667 yards, 142 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions.

At only 33 years old, Moore is an unusually successful and experienced coordinator relative to his age, but he's young even for a league trending increasingly towards younger head coaches. Minnesota Vikings HC Kevin O'Connell (37) and Miami Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel (39) both led their teams to playoff berths in their debut season this year. Moore is substantially younger than both but also arguably more accomplished: O'Connell and McDaniel served as OC of the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers for one year apiece in 2021, and neither called plays.

A head coach as young as Moore isn't totally unprecedented. Sean McVay radically transformed the Los Angeles Rams when he first took over at 31 in 2017. John Madden inherited the Oakland Raiders at only 33 and won 75.9% of his games over 10 years.
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