Eagles mailbag: Analyzing the Kellen Moore hire as OC

Eagles mailbag: Analyzing the Kellen Moore hire as OC originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

We’re still over a month away from free agency and even further from the draft.

But the NFL doesn’t really have an offseason these days so there’s still plenty to talk about 365 days of the year. Well, 366 in this Leap Year.

Thanks for all the questions. We’ll be rolling them out in a few segments of the mailbag:

So Kellen Moore is this bright mind with fresh ideas, right? If that true, and notwithstanding Dak’s annual playoff collapse, how come the Dallas O was better this year without him? Also, wasn’t the Charger offense better before he arrived? How’s this hiring make sense?

— Luzzi (@fjlutz61) February 2, 2024

It’s a fair question because Moore very clearly isn’t as hot right now as he was a few years ago when everyone was expecting him to rise quickly and become a head coach. His star has cooled a bit since then. But I think some of the skepticism about his offense is a bit misplaced.

Let’s first look at the Chargers’ season in 2023. Sure, it’s fair to say that Justin Herbert and that offense didn’t make the kind of jump many hoped to see this past year. The Chargers in 2023 ranked 18th in total offense but their passing game was much better than their run game. They were 13th in passing and 25th in rushing. The Chargers had the worst EPA/play in the NFL on rushing plays. Obviously, Moore was in charge of the entire offense but his strength is the pass game. And in Philly, he’ll have a much more stable run game with Jeff Stoutland and the Eagles’ offensive line.

Herbert in 2023 missed four games and the Chargers — no shocker here — were much better with him than without him. With Herbert, they averaged 342.2 yards per game and were at 287.8 without him. The average with Herbert isn’t great but it would be 13th in the league in 2023, while the average without him would rank in the bottom five.

And it’s not like Herbert really…


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Publish date : 2024-02-06 12:00:00

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