Cowboys will bring on Scott Linehan to call plays

1/27/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Throughout the 2013 season, the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff was constantly under fire. There was incessant speculation regarding the job safety of head coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. One coach who was not really under fire this season was offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. On Monday, however, the Cowboys made Callahan the only high-profile coach on their staff to be replaced. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has reported that the Cowboys will hire former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to call their plays.

Blog Photo - Cowboys will bring on Scott Linehan to call playsRapoport has also reported that the Cowboys will not let Callahan out of his contract, so they are basically just brushing him under the table. There is a chance that Callahan will keep his coordinator title, but Linehan is coming in to run the offense, regardless of what title he has. Callahan will focus mostly on the offensive line - he is highly respected for his work with that unit.

Linehan will bring more of the same to the Cowboys' game plans - pass-first football. The Cowboys ranked 13th in pass attempts and 31st in rushing attempts, and there are not many reasons to believe that they'll run the ball any more in 2014. During his five years as a coordinator for the Lions, Linehan's offenses never finished outside of the top-6 in pass attempts.

The Cowboys do have a nice arsenal of weapons in the passing game, starting with quarterback Tony Romo. With players like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten catching Romo's passes, a pass-first offense does make sense, but the Cowboys also run blocked well in 2013 and have a talented running back in DeMarco Murray. It would be nice to see the Cowboys lean on the run a little more next season, but with Linehan calling the plays in Dallas, we may not see that happen. As a result, Romo and his receivers will have some lofty ceilings in fantasy leagues.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has constantly tried to figure out ways to keep Garrett from calling the plays for his team, so one may wonder why Jones is even keeping his head coach around anymore. Of course, you should never really find anything that the Cowboys' unpredictable owner does to be surprising. It looks like Garrett's seat will be red hot next season, and if the Cowboys struggle out of the gate, Jones could very well pull a quick trigger on his head coach. Linehan has head coaching experience (St. Louis Rams, 2006-08), so he would be a reasonable replacement if Garrett were to get the boot.
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