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Mailbag: Moore Coaching Tree; All-Time O-Line? 


I have watched Chris Peterson, Kellen Moore's college coach, and his offensive scheme at Washington the past few years. He's known to have a simple plan, often running the same plays from different formations. How much do you think we can glean from Peterson's system in respect to Moore's offensive philosophy, if any? - MARCO ASPAAS / VANCOUVER, WA

Bryan: That's a great question. I think you'll see plenty from Moore's experience with Peterson's influence. I like what Peterson is doing now at Washington with route combinations underneath and a vertical, downfield passing game. They do a nice job getting the tight end involved as well.

Rob: I don't think there's any question Moore's time with Peterson at Boise State would have some influence on his philosophy. The way the college game is permeating the NFL, that's important. (Linehan did adopt some of those college concepts, too, by the way.) I wrote about Moore on Wednesday, and the biggest point he drove home was the importance of giving defenses multiple looks while sticking to a core foundation. He believes they have the personnel, from a versatility standpoint, to do that.

If you could combine the Cowboys' current offensive line with the great Cowboys lines from the '90s, who would your starting five be and your three backups? - STEVE KRESMINSKI / MICHIGAN CITY, IN

Bryan: Left to Right: Tyron Smith, Larry Allen, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Erik Williams would be my starters. Mark Tuinei, Mark Stepnoski, Nate Newton my backups. I think I could move the ball with this group.

Rob: I just have so much respect for the '90s line, probably the greatest group ever. Hard to remove anyone from this starting five: Mark Tuinei, Nate Newton, Mark Stepnoski, Larry Allen and Erik Williams. But I'd definitely put Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin in the mix, too. That kind of depth would be a great problem to have.

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