COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with Kellen Moore to be their new offensive coordinator.
The move comes less than 24 hours after the Dallas Cowboys released a statement that said Moore and the team had reached a “mutual decision to part ways” following the end-of-season review process.
In LA, Moore replaces offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was fired after a 10-7 season that ended in a historic loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wild-card round.
Moore, 33, will lead an offense at quarterback Justin Herbert, passing Andrew Luck last season for the most passing yards in a player’s first three NFL seasons. Moore also gets receivers Keenan Allen And Mike Williams And running back Thanks AustinHe led the NFL with 18 touchdowns last season.
Moore walks away from practice Doc PrescottHerbert had the seventh-lowest interception rate (1.4%) in the NFL and led the league in interception rate (3.8%) this season, according to ESPN Stats and Information Research.
At the start of the search for a new offensive coordinator, coach Brandon Staley said he was looking for leadership and a system similar to that used by Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.
“Offenses that I think are the most challenging to defend … are putting more pressure on every snap, marrying the run game to the pass game, putting more pressure on yourself with personnel. Teams are able to keep getting speed, movement and explosions,” Staley said.
The Chargers offense ranked 10th last season, averaging 22.47 points per game. But they struggled to run the football consistently, averaging just 89.6 yards per game, which ranked 30th.
Moore spent four seasons as the Cowboys’ coordinator, finishing in the top four in points per game (27.7), yards per game (391) and third-down conversion percentage (44%).
The Chargers also interviewed Rams passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jack Robinson, Rams senior offensive assistant Greg Olson, Rams assistant head coach/tight ends coach Thomas Brown and Minnesota Vikings assistant quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson.
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