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Mailbag: Biggest Challenge For Kellen Moore?

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A large part of the Cowboys’ success in 2019 will depend on Kellen Moore’s new offense and play calling. As a rookie offensive coordinator, what would you say will work in his favor (strength) and what would you say will be his biggest challenge (weakness)? - BRYAN WALSH

Bryan: This is probably not what you wanted to hear, but this will not be a new offense. There are still base concepts and beliefs that will carry over to what they currently have in the playbook. Where Moore will have an advantage he has an idea what did work with the offense since he’s been here under Scott Linehan and can build from that. The disadvantage will be experience calling a game. Does he have enough counter measures to go to when Bill Belichick or Wade Phillips is taking things away? That will be key for him.

Rob: The biggest advantage for Moore is the element of surprise. No one knows his tendencies as a play caller yet and I doubt he’ll tip his hand in the preseason games. The biggest challenge? As Mickey said Saturday on Talkin’ Cowboys, it’s the rhythm of calling plays. But he’s got a boss, Jason Garrett, who was a first-year coordinator here in 2007. There are plenty of people he can lean on.

Since the running back position is considered disposable but also probably takes the most pounding and seems to lead to the shortest careers, how about changing the CBA rules to allow RBs to make more money upfront throughout their rookie contracts so they feel more financial security? - JASON GRAY / HUTCHINSON, KS

Bryan: I like these types of out-of-the-box questions. How do you determine what running backs get their money upfront? Is it just first-round back or all backs? I think you’d have to figure out that first. There has to be some type of cutoff. How about something kicks in after the first year of your contract after you see the production. I know that rookies do get more money if they perform better from the league. Maybe something similar. 

Rob: That’s a very interesting idea. It won’t happen because deciding the most physically demanding position is totally subjective. What about linebacker or defensive tackle? Your point is well taken. The prime of most running backs is finite, though I’d put Ezekiel Elliott in a different category.

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