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Callahan will not be happy if Cowboys hire Linehan


The Cowboys haven’t hired Scott Linehan to be their offensive playcaller. Yet. But the mere fact that the topic is being discussed may be causing problems in Dallas.

Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will be unhappy if Linehan is brought on board, a source told Calvin Watkins of And that’s no surprise: Even if the Cowboys offered to keep Callahan on the staff with the title of offensive coordinator, it would essentially be a demotion if Linehan came on board.

Callahan is under contract to the Cowboys for the 2014 season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said Callahan isn’t going anywhere. But there’s been talk that if the Cowboys hire Linehan, Callahan could leave to become offensive coordinator of the Browns.

ESPN’s Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen have reported that Jones and head coach Jason Garrett disagreed about who should call the Cowboys’ plays, and Linehan could be a compromise who would make both men happy. But that compromise would leave Callahan unhappy. And maybe cause Callahan to leave Dallas.

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51 Responses to “Callahan will not be happy if Cowboys hire Linehan”
  1. realnflmaster says: Jan 27, 2014 11:50 AM

    Good luck getting anyone respectable to take this Head Coaching job after they fire Garrett knowing that Al Davis Jr is now running the show.

  2. jakec4 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:52 AM

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. If I was Callahan I’d want out too. Especially when Garrett already has a tenuous hold on his own job. All three might be competing for the same jobs next season.

  3. shatho1 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:53 AM

    see ya!

  4. trollaikman8 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:56 AM

    I think this is Jerry Jones version of the Manhattan Project: to get as many scientists in the same room to create something spectacular.

    Like usual, he’s completely wrong.

  5. grandpoopah says: Jan 27, 2014 11:57 AM

    As an Eagles fan it sure is nice to have two totally dysfunctional franchises in our division. Jerry and Danny just can’t get out of their own way.

  6. ilikefootball34 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:57 AM

    As a lions fan, believe me when I say you do not want linehan as your playcaller. He actually is a good coordinator, very inventive and good at using the weapons available to him. Let him make the plays, let someone else call them though. I don’t think he understands situational football in any way.

  7. bennyb82 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:57 AM

    For the first time in awhile, the Browns job would not necessarily be awful. Callahan would Gordon and Cameron to work with…plus if they find a good qb in the draft, they could do well. In Dallas the defense was so bad last year that it had to be frustrating to have a solid offense and still lose.

  8. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:58 AM

    Callahan won’t be happy about linehan, but what about shannahan? Or Saban? Hay by the bay whadaya say?

  9. rajbais says: Jan 27, 2014 11:58 AM

    At least he has a reason to not cheer for the Cowboys anymore.

    If he goes fans should follow suit.

    Jerry Jones is dumb to keep Jason Garrett and Monte Kiffin in town. If fans want both out they should bolt on the Boys the way Callahan might.

    Apathy ruins business and change brings back fans.

  10. bennyb82 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:59 AM

    *would have*

  11. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 27, 2014 12:05 PM

    big cowboy mess and dumpster fire!!
    Welcome to Dallas!
    Romo is the new coach killer!

  12. lingsun54 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:05 PM

    Callahan should have been fired for his bush league playing calling against the Packers in the second half. All they had to do is run the ball up the middle every second half play and they would have won the game.

  13. chiadam says: Jan 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    WTF is Jerry Jones doing?

  14. Youknowimright says: Jan 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    To quote steve mariucci. “Bummer”. He should have been fired anyway. He single handedly cost them two or three games this yr by abandoning the run. I’m all callahaned out. Tommy callahan from sandusky oh could have done a better job than this guy.

  15. coloneldukelacross says: Jan 27, 2014 12:08 PM

    Who doesn’t enjoy a nice, juicy han sammich?

  16. craigkintexas says: Jan 27, 2014 12:08 PM

    Whoda thunk it……..Cleveland would be more attractive than Allas in Wonderland? Pitful!

  17. peymax1693 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:10 PM

    So Jones the GM is contemplating adding an additional coaching position, offensive play caller, to an already dysfunctional offensive coaching scheme

    There has to be some Freudian explanation for Jones’ deluding himself into believing he is an effective GM.

  18. granadafan says: Jan 27, 2014 12:12 PM

    The Cowboys GM strikes again.

  19. ejm845 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:16 PM

    every time I read a cowboys article I cant help but hear carnival music

  20. Deb says: Jan 27, 2014 12:27 PM

    Now that Al Davis has passed, Jones is clearly the most dysfunctional owner in the NFL. Like Davis, he’s allowed his ego to destroy everything he built. As a Steelers fan, it’s goes without saying that I hate the Raiders and the Cowboys. But as a football fan, it’s as painful to watch what’s happening in Dallas as it was to watch the meltdown in Oakland. It’s beginning to look as though the Cowboys won’t start to recover until Jones joins Davis in the great Skybox beyond.

  21. stephenolszewski says: Jan 27, 2014 12:28 PM

    Well Jerry better not hire him then…

  22. cospgsmadman says: Jan 27, 2014 12:31 PM

    Oh Brother……He we go again……dzzzz

  23. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 27, 2014 12:33 PM

    The cowboys are 8-8 at best with jj running the show and the deadskins will stay in the basement.looks like our only competition in the east is the eagles next season.

  24. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 27, 2014 12:35 PM

    Callahan is awful. Demarco Murray has the talent to be a top 3 RB in the league if actually used correctly. When you average 5.2 ypc but only get 1100 yds, it means youre not being used enoguh. Which means your o-coordinator might not know what hes doing.

    Good riddance Bill.

  25. noeffinway says: Jan 27, 2014 12:35 PM

    What in the hell is going on out there?!

  26. metrocritical says: Jan 27, 2014 12:35 PM

    Cowboy fans won’t be happy either. Linehan can be good at designing plays in a vacuum but has no idea about how or when to use those plays.

  27. prosourcetalk says: Jan 27, 2014 12:42 PM

    Doesn’t matter who is calling the plays. Everyone will be gone after next season.

  28. hendawg21 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:46 PM


    grandpoopah says:
    Jan 27, 2014 11:57 AM
    As an Eagles fan it sure is nice to have two totally dysfunctional franchises in our division. Jerry and Danny just can’t get out of their own way.

    Says a fan of the only team in the division with an empty Super Bowl Trophy case…who’s last NFL Championship was when??? 1960 Eagle fans are hilarious…

  29. thefiesty1 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    It doesn’t matter if he is unhappy or not. He should know by now that JJ is in charge of EVERYTHINGand the CowBabies are and will be just that.

  30. chut26 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    You know your franchise is pathetic when your coaches jump ship to take the same position with the BROWNS!

  31. maverick0 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    As a Cowboys fan…

    It is getting tougher and tougher to remain a fan of the Cowboys. Should have immediately fired Callahan (hello…Murray avg 5.2 yds/carry) and Kiffin (worst Cowbows defense ever) and promoted Marinelli and someone else to OC.

    Dont know what else to say…tired of the excuses!!!

  32. thetooloftools says: Jan 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    Callahan must really be angry if he’s threatening to leave Dallas to come here to Cleveland.

  33. russrpm says: Jan 27, 2014 1:07 PM

    Does anyone know if the Cowboys have even spoken to Linehan? All I have seen are a lot of quotes from the usual source… you know the one with no name.

  34. drsummeroff says: Jan 27, 2014 1:10 PM

    Yeah Jerry, hire an offensive ‘consultant’ when you had the worst defense in the league… Typical Cowboys buffoonery.

  35. raiderufan says: Jan 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    JJ’s biggest fault is the inability to admit mistakes.

  36. FinFan68 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:26 PM

    The last few games were bad. I swear it felt like Garrett ignored Callahan and relayed his own plays to Romo. The calls were bad and so was situational clock management – – just like the years Garrett called plays as HC.

  37. kevpft says: Jan 27, 2014 1:27 PM

    So, to recap, the team had one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the game, a dreadful decline from the previous year, but they’re going to add a coach to the *offense*, after a fine year of offensive performance. A move that could mean that neither the head coach nor offensive coordinator is calling plays.

    How could this NOT work?

  38. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jan 27, 2014 1:41 PM

    Long live Jerry Jones! Keep the Cowboys irrelevant forever!

  39. oldcracker says: Jan 27, 2014 1:57 PM

    Does anyone really think JJ isn’t calling the plays? It’s Madden football with real players!

  40. vikingdoode says: Jan 27, 2014 2:58 PM

    Please trade for AP….#1 2014, #1 2015, #2 2016
    Sean Lee, Miles Austin, Morris Clairborne…

    Jerrah do it

  41. dondiraider says: Jan 27, 2014 3:59 PM


    Its gonna be the whole organization and the entire fan base that’s gonna be unhappy if Jones brings in Linehan!

    Nothing surprises me anymore and Jones has clearly lost his mind!

  42. cardmagnet says: Jan 27, 2014 4:09 PM

    Cowboys fans aren’t happy Callahan is anywhere within the state lines of Texas, let alone employed by the team. He called plays with his head so far up his own backside that he could smell last night’s dinner.

  43. SparkyGump says: Jan 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    So there’s no way we can kidnap Jerry and show him films from 1994? He acts like it’s 1994 anyways.

  44. rainmaker1982 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:11 PM

    Everyone on the Dallas coaching staff is pissed they have to answer to a head coach who should be the water boy.

  45. orivar says: Jan 27, 2014 5:35 PM

    Now this is what you call OVER managing. What is Jones thinking? That and why does Callahan still get jobs?

  46. watchdawg1103 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:54 PM

    I don’t know why Callahan is still there in the first place. He was TERRIBLE all season long. But not as bad as our defense, and JJ wants to make the first move on the offense?? wtf…This is another example of why other teams/GMs laugh at us…and rightfully so.

  47. threedeep1998 says: Jan 27, 2014 6:01 PM

    Callahan once said Oakland was the “dumbest team in America”. Pretty sure that statement has changed to “America’s Team is the dumbest”.

  48. mjhutmkr says: Jan 27, 2014 6:20 PM

    Who cares what Callahan thinks!!!

  49. harbourimages says: Jan 27, 2014 6:33 PM

    As a Skins fan via marriage (wife’s a lifelong Skins fan), it is encouraging to see that the Cowboys are an even MORE dysfunctional organization than the Skins. We’ll take Snyder over Jerrud any day. At least we don’t have to hear Snyder babbling on camera after every loss every week like Cowboys’ fans have to listen to their clueless and embarrassing owner. Like threedeep says above, the Cowboys really do have to be the dumbest (and most laughable) organization in the NFL, although they DO have a really nice stadium….

  50. oldcracker says: Jan 28, 2014 2:59 AM

    Remember, Cowboy fans, as bad as Jeruh might be, at least it’s not the Browns & the 3-Stooges!

  51. gdt372753 says: Jan 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    Who cares? I don’t see that Callahan was that effective calling plays. Anything would be an improvement…can anyone say Norv Turner?

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