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Nate’s Notes 27: Kellen Moore | Setback, Comeback

By July 5, 2022June 8th, 2023No Comments

Kellen Moore

Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys

Kellen Moore has one of the least unique offensive schemes in the NFL - Blogging The Boys

When someone as successful as Kellen Moore shares what he thinks is important, I think it’s worth listening to. And what jumped out to me is that as Kellen described the 3 different time periods of his life….high school, college, and the NFL, he mentioned 3 different mentors he’s had:

First his dad, who taught him the “10 Football Fundys” and the importance of setback, comeback.

Second Coach Peterson, who taught him how to create a team, but also how to live a great life through the Bronco Magic sheets. I’d pay money to see those sheets.

And third Chad Bohling, who taught Kellen the value of neutral and helped Kellen use his injury as a springboard for the next phase of his life.

In the words of Kellen, “Life is about people and surrounding yourself with great people.” And though we may never fully appreciate all of the reasons Kellen has been so successful, I think he tried to demonstrate the answer, in his simple, unassuming way…he surrounds himself with great people and he learns from them. 

It’s a simple idea. Please take it seriously.

Kellen Moore Bio:

Kellen Moore is an anomaly. As a senior in high school he was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for the state of Washington. 

As a freshman quarterback at Boise State, Kellen led Boise to an undefeated regular season. As a sophomore, Kellen led the Broncos to a perfect 14-0 season and a #4 national ranking. As a junior, Kellen was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, a first ever for a Boise State player. And as a senior, Kellen  wrapped up one of the greatest college football careers ever, by becoming the all-time winningest quarterback in College Football History.  

Then it was to the NFL. First Kellen spent three years with the Detroit Lions, and then 3 years with the Dallas Cowboys. In Kellen’s first home start for the Cowboys, he threw for 435 yards and 3 Touchdowns, becoming only the 5th quarterback in Cowboy’s history to throw for more than 400 yards in a game.

After his playing career, Kellen became the quarterback coach for the Cowboys and then was promoted to offensive coordinator. In 2021 under Kellen, the Cowboys offense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in both points and yards. 

When I think of Kellen Moore, I think of success. And then I wonder how? How has he been such a spectacular outlier? And what sort of simple, practical, under appreciated lessons could he pass on to others?

Answering those questions was the goal of this podcast. And as always, Kellen Moore delivered. 

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