The exact role hasn’t been officially revealed, but it looks like Scott Linehan is going to be on the Cowboys coaching staff this season.
Linehan was expected to be at the Cowboys facility on Monday to meet with the team about a job, but wound up doing a little more than that. The Cowboys website reports Linehan took part in staff meetings, which certainly suggests that he’ll be sticking around for more than just the day.
So does a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN that Linehan has been hired to call the offensive plays in Dallas this season. That’s reportedly not sitting well with Bill Callahan, the team’s offensive coordinator and play caller in 2013, but Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Monday that the Cowboys aren’t expected to let Callahan out of his contract if and when a Linehan hire is made official.
That would make for a lot of cooks in the kitchen. Linehan, who was the offensive coordinator in Detroit for the last five seasons, reportedly emerged as a compromise candidate as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett discussed the direction of the offense. Garrett, who called the plays two years ago, and Linehan worked together in Miami in 2005.