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Eagles reportedly interviewing rival offensive coordinator today originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are reportedly interviewing Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore today, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
That makes Moore the 10th known candidate who has interviewed or is currently scheduled to interview for the Eagles’ head coaching job.
You can add the 32-year-old offensive coordinator to a growing list of candidates who have interviewed. He follows Joe Brady, Robert Saleh, Arthur Smith, Jerod Mayo, Duce Staley, Josh McDaniels, Todd Bowles and Nick Sirianni. Dennis Allen will reportedly interview on Wednesday. Sirianni also reportedly interviewed on Tuesday.
The Eagles are certainly casting a wide net with their coaching search and with just two head coaching vacancies remaining, the Eagles are clearly not rushing to make their pick, even after many signs point toward McDaniels.
So why the interest in Moore?
Well, he is considered to be a young and bright offensive mind. And before Dak Prescott got hurt in 2020, the Cowboys had the best offense in the NFL. Through five games, the the Cowboys led the league in total offense with 2,440 yards. They had 404 more yards than the Chiefs. They were also second in points with 163, just six behind Seattle.
And with Andy Dalton in Week 16, the Cowboys put up 37 points and 513 yards on the Eagles in a 20-point win that knocked the Birds out of playoff contention.
Moore has been the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator since 2019 and survived a coaching change from Jason Garrett to Mike McCarthy in the 2020 offseason. Before taking the OC job in Dallas, he was QBs coach for a year right after his playing career ended. Moore was a backup quarterback for the Lions and Cowboys in a career that stretched from 2014-2917.
The timing of the interview with Moore is somewhat fascinating. After he interviewed with his alma mater, Boise State, earlier this month, the Cowboys gave him an extension to remain in Dallas.
“I am very excited to remain with the Dallas Cowboys as the offensive coordinator,” Moore said in a statement earlier this month. “I will no longer be pursuing the head coaching job at Boise State. I love Boise State. I will always root for them, and I hope one day to be a part of the program again.
“We are building something special here in Dallas. I’m thankful to the Jones family and Mike McCarthy for providing me with the opportunity to coach these special players. I am excited for us to put it all together and finish the job.”
After that extension, it was fair to wonder if Moore would even accept the Eagles’ invitation for an interview. The fact that he did at least shows some mutual interest. The Eagles requested this interview last week.
Even if the Eagles don’t end up hiring Moore, getting to sit down for a few hours with a rival’s offensive coordinator can still be valuable.
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