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Scott Linehan took part in Cowboys staff meetings on Monday

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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.

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21 Responses to “Scott Linehan took part in Cowboys staff meetings on Monday”
  1. bossbertozzi says: Jan 27, 2014 9:23 PM

    Garrett had plenty of questionable play calls. Callahan made the wrong call more often than not. There’s no way that Linehan could be worse, right?

  2. xcflqb7 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:25 PM

    Why go on with the charade – let Jerrah call the plays ; he knows football : ok on the first Omaha: X Cowboy fan Z out on 2 ……..or until football people run the show again aggh!!!!!

  3. douchebigelow says: Jan 27, 2014 9:43 PM

    Jerry Jones’ job approval rating is even lower than the guys who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania ave.

  4. ariani1985 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:50 PM

    Nothing to worry about cowboy nation, his offense is 16-2 against the Green Bay Packers

  5. gmen5280 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:53 PM

    The Circus is no longer traveling the US, it has found permanent a home in Dallas. Get your popcorn ready.

  6. mshawn75 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:14 PM

    It doesn’t matter who has what “job title” They all have the same job description… Just do what Jerry wants.

  7. packerbackersince71 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:25 PM

    … America’s Team My Ass !!! …

  8. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 27, 2014 10:26 PM

    And halfway through the “Monday meetings” his shoulders began to relax. For it dawned on him that in the coming months and years he’d be in a place where just being marginal is an accepted way of life so long as you continue to play along in the soap opera called “Dallas.”

    Wonder if he gets to sleep with Victoria Principle

  9. arwiv says: Jan 27, 2014 10:40 PM

    This is a serious question because I don’t know the answer: is there another team in the NFL who has a person calling offensive plays who isn’t either the Head Coach or the Offensive Coordinator? This sounds like straight-up insanity to me.

  10. dallashomer says: Jan 27, 2014 10:42 PM

    How much more dysfunctional can this situation get? Who’s calling plays? I don’t even think Jerry has decided. And how can Bill Callahan get the title of running game co-ordinator? We might as well trade DeMarco Murray.

  11. rajbais says: Jan 27, 2014 10:58 PM

    Cowboys fans, leave Jerry World and don’t renew your season tickets.

  12. cjforpresident says: Jan 27, 2014 11:05 PM

    Linehan… is a good system OC… But if he doesn’t get the personel, he wants/needs… he leaves a lot to be desired. Linehan, was not the problem in Detroit… Schwartz was. Linehan played into it. However, from afar, the Cowgirls are a LOT more dysfunctional than the Lions are… at least at this point. It starts at the top, and Jones is surely a clown-@ss for trying to pull Linehan into the hot mess in Dallas, when Callahan is still the OC. Actually, my respect for Linehan has been downgraded, considering that he jump into that pile of CowDung.

  13. therealraider says: Jan 27, 2014 11:16 PM

    Scott Linehan’s hiring process is being handled like a girl hoping to make a cheerleading squad.. “If the other girls like me then I will get an offer to join.”

  14. jeffr85392 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:35 PM

    And the train wreck in Dallas continues.

  15. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:35 PM

    Hire a guy just to call plays?

  16. OnceACOWBOYFAN says: Jan 28, 2014 3:30 AM

    I left jerry world when jerry , gave up two picks and a lot of cash for the links williams, roy

  17. backdapack4evr says: Jan 28, 2014 4:39 AM

    How many people can call plays??
    What a clown show!!
    Next is Rex!!

  18. marylandcowboy says: Jan 28, 2014 8:21 AM

    Jerry needs to sit down with Callahan and tell him you are welcome to stay on as a (highly paid) offensive line coach, or you are welcome to seek employment elsewhere. I hear Cleveland wants him. I personally like the Linehan as Offensive Coordinator idea more so than Callahan. Just please use the run game more. We have to get more balanced. If I can sit home on my couch and know what plays are going to be run then you know NFL defensive coordinators can. And one last thing, let Kiffen go or demote him or something and move Marinelli up to Defensive coordinator. This seems like basic common sense to me. Come on Jerry.

  19. polegojim says: Jan 28, 2014 10:30 AM

    1) Never seen such a perennial debacle and joke that the Cowboys have become as an org.
    The root of it is that no credible HC wants to work for Jerry… it’s a shame really.

    2) Linehan has a book of plays that he calls… but very little credible strategy to it… Decent guy but glad he’s out of Detroit. With Linehan, in the end, you’ll see this play frequently… ‘Romo throws it up for grabs and hopes his Receiver gets it’. That’s the fall back.

  20. baredon says: Jan 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    It’s good to know the dream of the Cowgirls in a Super Bowl still live on…. Only in JJ’s head..

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 15, 2014 11:17 PM

    A change in play caller needed to occur however based on his time with the Lions, Linehan loves him some passing. And what Dallas could use is a play caller and O.C. that makes a commitment to run Murray more often.

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