There is a lot of smoke around about Kellen Moore being the next OC at UW. Of all the names that have been linked to the job during the past couple weeks via the rumor mill, he would be my least favorite hire.
That isn’t saying he would definitely be “bad”. But to me there are a bunch of red flags that suggest he would be a very risky hire for Lake.
Here is a short list. It isn’t exhaustive.
1. He has been a coach for two years total. TWO.
2. He has never coached college football.
3. He has never installed an entirely new offense from scratch. In Dallas, he made some changes but worked within the framework of what was already in place.
4. Conventional NFL offenses and what works best in college are actually quite different. Complexity is one of the main issues. In the NFL, having exceedingly complex offenses is fairly typical. In college, it is a disaster.
5. His entire college experience was in Pete’s offense. The same offense we finally have the opportunity to make a clean break from now.
6. Hiring an OC with as little experience as what Moore has could cause staff issues. He is significantly less experienced as a coach than any of the other coaches on the offensive side of the ball. And he would be their boss. Take Junior Adams, for example. Adams was OC for TWO seasons at WKU and passing game coordinator at Boise for one season. That is three more seasons of college coordinator experience than Moore has (and infinity percent). Seems like it could cause issues.
There are probably arguments that can be made that mitigate each of these concerns. But that is a number of significant concerns that need to be explained away or ignored. Is his upside big enough to offset those risk factors?