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Cowboys Will Have Monster Offensive Season With Fresh Young Mind in Kellen Moore Calling the Shots

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 03: Kellen Moore #17 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass in the second quarter of the NFL Hall of Fame preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2017 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The scapegoat for the Dallas Cowboys offensive struggles was offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who was canned after a season in which Dallas finished 22nd in total offense and scoring.

They REALLY went outside the box to replace him with former No. 3 quarterback and 2018 quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore, who just turned 30. That youth shouldn't scare away Cowboys fans, however. If anything, it's cause for celebration.

Linehan's offense was the most basic, vanilla scheme in the league. The number of Cowboys drives that started with an Ezekiel Elliott power run on first down, a short pass outside the numbers on second, and a draw on third are almost too much to count.

Moore, already having been described by Dak Prescott as a "genius" and a "phenom," comes from an era where downfield passes, up-tempo offense, and creativity with personnel are held in high esteem. What doomed Dallas last year was predictability. Give Dak, Amari Cooper, and Zeke someone who can actually catch a defense off guard for once and the results could be special.

While Moore hasn't earned his coaching stripes over a long period of time, there a reason the Cowboys have fast-tracked this guy to the coordinator job. Sit back and wait for the fireworks.