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 ESPNDallas.com. 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.