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Scott Linehan takes firm control of the Cowboys’ offense


The Cowboys have an offensive-minded head coach in Jason Garrett and an offensive coordinator in Bill Callahan, but it’s passing game coordinator Scott Linehan who’s running the offense in Dallas.

Linehan led all the offensive meetings throughout the spring, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports. That fact confirms the widespread belief that while Garrett is Linehan’s boss and Callahan is technically above Linehan on the organizational flow chart, it’s Linehan who is making the decisions on the Cowboys’ offense.

So what will a Linehan-run offense in Dallas look like? It will probably feature more passing than Cowboys fans are accustomed to seeing. During Linehan’s previous job, as the offensive coordinator in Detroit, the Lions were always among the league leaders in pass attempts. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has averaged more than 42 passes a game the last three seasons, while Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has averaged only 36 passes a game the last three seasons. With Linehan calling the shots, Romo should expect to throw more.

If Linehan’s offense can get the Cowboys out of their 8-8 rut and into the playoffs, the decision to bring him on board will be hailed as a wise move in Dallas. If the Cowboys go in the other direction, Linehan, Garrett and Callahan will all likely be looking for new jobs.

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55 Responses to “Scott Linehan takes firm control of the Cowboys’ offense”
  1. jebronjames says: Jun 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    what does jason garrett even do?

  2. fumblenuts says: Jun 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    Scott Linehan takes firm control of the Cowboys’ offense?

    LOL…..My Condolences!

  3. tinbender2000 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:13 PM


  4. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 21, 2014 1:19 PM

    Just another point that proves Garrett is a puppet.

  5. lks311 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    Linehan is a very good Offensive Coordinator, but, his scheme requires a Quarterback who is NOT turnover prone and a Defense that will hold up because the Offense will not be on the field long (either from scoring quickly or…turning the ball over).

    Judging by the current personnel, that seems like a prescription for disaster in Big D.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    Jason Garrett is a politician, so talking is all that he does to answer that question.

    And maybe Linehan can do a good job for them, just don’t count on him to teach your QB how to play the game because that certainly won’t be happening, you need a QB Coach for that. He just calls the plays.

  7. filthymcfunny1 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:23 PM

    The blind leading the blind ala greenbay packers!

  8. qdog112 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    The more he throws, the more he’ll resemble Eli.

    Pick City!

  9. myhawks1976 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    Only in Dallas. Seriously. The only thing I can give Jerry is he isn’t being knee jerk in launching a coach like so many teams are.

    On the flip side. He has coaches that probably NEEDED knee jerk launches.


  10. itsnotforme says: Jun 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    It’s not the offense that is the problem, it’s the 32nd ranked defense.

  11. adoombray says: Jun 21, 2014 1:31 PM

    I’m sure Cowboys fans are absolutely thrilled.

  12. vikesr4reel says: Jun 21, 2014 1:36 PM

    Everything is big in Texas including the number of clowns it takes to run an offense!!

  13. johnny1979 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:37 PM

    Bill Callahan should be thankful. When their offense sucks in 2014 it won’t all be his fault.

  14. mazenblue says: Jun 21, 2014 1:38 PM

    LOL, my condolences. But I guess its better than what yall had last year. Good luck throwing the ball that many times Romo. This is not going to end well.

  15. dallasdominates says: Jun 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    Garrett was the one who decided to keep Callahan and bring in Linehan… Jerry wanted to release Bill after Jason took over play – calling after the bye-week. So If bringing your own play caller in makes him a puppet is he Kermit. . Elmo or big bird?

  16. chinahand11 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:42 PM

    How many coaches does Jerry have? Can we get in on that? They make good money, I hear.

  17. computojon says: Jun 21, 2014 1:43 PM

    As a Ram fan I can unequivocally say… this is a very bad idea.

  18. surfinbird1 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:51 PM

    Wow , Garrett,Callahan and Linehan. Dallas sounds like a pretty offensive team.

  19. mightyminer says: Jun 21, 2014 1:52 PM

    because not throwing enough was Dallas’ problem last year on offense.

  20. taj77 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:56 PM

    Terrance Williams

  21. silvercrush33 says: Jun 21, 2014 2:05 PM

    Expect to see more passing? Like, according to those stats, maybe another 6 passes a game? What a huge difference…

  22. skolvikesskol says: Jun 21, 2014 2:11 PM

    IMHO… At this point in Romo’s career he’d b better served by a strong run game. I think he’s a great qb but all the hits he takes has taken its toll….

  23. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 21, 2014 2:21 PM

    Ha! – signed Lion’s fan.

  24. hyzers says: Jun 21, 2014 2:29 PM

    I think Linehan has a pretty creative offense. Those misdirection screens were hard to stop in Detroit last year. But a poor man’s Megatron isn’t going to carry that offense.

  25. cueghost says: Jun 21, 2014 2:32 PM

    I would MUCH rather see 6 FEWER passes per game… that would be another 30 yards on the ground per week for a very under rated Murray. Plus it would mean a healthier Time of Possession which would help protect the Defense a little bit. Hopefully Linehan will bust out a new bag of tricks, but I’m not holding my breath.

  26. joemammy says: Jun 21, 2014 2:42 PM

    Cowboys fans in Dallas are welcome to join with their more intelligent brothers and sisters in Tyler, and become loyal followers of the Cleveland Browns.

    Or you can keep throwing your money at Jerrah, I suppose.

    GO BROWNS!!!

  27. metrocritical says: Jun 21, 2014 2:43 PM

    After watching game after game with Linehan calling the shots in Detroit, two conclusions may be drawn. 1. Linehan knows how to draw up some explosive plays. 2. He has know idea when to call those plays.

  28. liontuss says: Jun 21, 2014 3:07 PM

    Lions fan here. Get used to first and 10 , up the middle for zero. Not a tricky fellow. Go Lions!

  29. ubepunkedagain says: Jun 21, 2014 3:38 PM

    Linehan and Weeden combine to form a dangerous duo. Clown music anyone?

  30. fissels says: Jun 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    Too many cooks spoil the soup

  31. isphet71 says: Jun 21, 2014 4:31 PM

    No Offensive Coordinator did less with more than Linehan did with the Lions last year.

    The Lions have crazy good personnel on offense, and Linehan’s offense was middling at best. Dallas and Romo are going to struggle again this year.

  32. dallasdominates says: Jun 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    To all the Detroit fans bashing Linehan…

    Did yall see the offensive genius Jim Caldwell after Peyton Manning went down.. yeaaaaa……..

    My grandma always said you don’t miss ya water until the well runs dry…

  33. 49erstim says: Jun 21, 2014 4:44 PM

    The Cowboys need to run MORE not less. They’ve had a few decent backs over the last few years, but they rarely consider running. They hope for the home run deep ball too much. There is a lot of hate for Romo, but the real decision maker in Dallas is the reason they suck. Balance balance balance! And getting rid of Rob Ryan as your DC was an epic blunder. There was your knee-jerk reaction.

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 21, 2014 5:39 PM

    Jerry still hasn’t found anything Jason can do so he puts him in a position of no responsibility.

    My concern with Linehan is a lack of commitment to the run game which is what Dallas really needs. I do think Linehan will make good use of Dez and I look for him to have a big season.

  35. snaponrules says: Jun 21, 2014 5:49 PM

    LOL..throw more?
    Does he realize tony “pitch it up” romo is his QB this year. Not that Matt “I’ve been in the league 5 years and still cant read a defense” Stafford is much if any better. But at least he had Calvin Johnson to throw too.

  36. bruno1433 says: Jun 21, 2014 6:09 PM

    Only thing I really hope he bring is more jump balls down field for dez

  37. thegonz13 says: Jun 21, 2014 6:18 PM

    Doesn’t really matter. By midseason, Jerrah will have fired Linehan and will call the plays himself!

  38. gammynomnom says: Jun 21, 2014 6:18 PM

    Linehan is a very good Offensive Coordinator, but, his scheme requires a Quarterback who is NOT turnover prone and a Defense that will hold up because the Offense will not be on the field long (either from scoring quickly or…turning the ball over).

    Judging by the current personnel, that seems like a prescription for disaster in Big D.

    Except you seem to not know in the past three seasons Stafford had 52 ints to Romos 39. Quit letting the media think for you.

  39. docboss says: Jun 21, 2014 6:20 PM

    Wow. As a Rams fan, I always despised the “Pats” (you know the whole spygate thing plus lots of envy), now that Scotty is in Dallas, they are my number one. Dallas fans deserve much better. I think the window has closed on the Cowboys.

  40. robjr50 says: Jun 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    more passing means more hits on romo, not a good mix for a QB coming off back surgery.

  41. stunzeed5 says: Jun 21, 2014 6:34 PM

    One thing that is no JOKE is that young, athletic offensive line they’ve developed in Dallas. And I’m a REDSKINS fan……HAIL

  42. voiceofsweetness says: Jun 21, 2014 9:49 PM

    Linnehan will have his new toy Romo broken before he even gets him out of the box.

  43. angrylionsfan says: Jun 21, 2014 10:19 PM

    Get ready for a total lack of game plan shifting even when it’s painfully obvious that it is needed, predictably running the ball on EVERY 1st and 2nd down and lots of 3rd and 6 or 3rd and 8 plays, and never throwing the deep ball Dallas.

    Linehan had brief spells of genius looking misdirection plays for a quarter or two, then he got conservative and played soft for the rest of the game.

    Good luck Cowboys, you will need it.

  44. SparkyGump says: Jun 21, 2014 11:24 PM

    Hey, Jerry’s making coin and that’s all that matters to him right now. Don’t like how he’s running things? Then stop giving him your money.

  45. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 21, 2014 11:39 PM

    “So what will a Linehan-run offense in Dallas look like?” 8 – 8. And more passing? Oh boy….

  46. bornahawker says: Jun 21, 2014 11:41 PM

    No defense= No chance
    Go Hawks!

  47. footballfan72 says: Jun 21, 2014 11:58 PM

    Run the ball!

  48. 2dmo4 says: Jun 22, 2014 12:22 AM

    Bwahahaaaa. Linehan sucks!

  49. zeeman911 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:35 AM

    As a detroit fan, wait until it’s 4th & 1 and he lines ya up with 5 wideouts, doesn’t even threaten the run and then you will know why this loser has been bounced around the league so many times..oh and runs up the middle every 1st down those get old real quick too!

  50. knew8411 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:59 AM

    If, as one commentor put it….Dallas’ problem isnt offense, but defense. Id have to add, that an owner who thinks he is a GM is also a part of the problem in Dallas.
    Jerry, yeah its your team….but owner & GM are 2 different jobs.

  51. rfedorick says: Jun 22, 2014 12:13 PM

    Lots of fans from other teams making comments. Too bad they celebrate if their team wins 5 games. They pull it out and try to enjoy making fun of Romo but then they realize that Romo has a model wife and millions of dollars. All they have is a tattered girly magazine and a pinto on blocks. lol

  52. jlbutler66 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    Wow! We could not mount a consistently effective offensive attack last year and the answer is we need to throw the ball more? Exactly where is this core of big, fast,strong high quality possession type receivers supposed to come from? I don’t think Tony can run fast enough and throw accurately enough to get it done even if he had the receivers.
    Please tell me this is all talk and no substance. PLEASE!

  53. banditnoble says: Jun 22, 2014 10:03 PM

    Linehan said he did a lot pass calls because of the running game. If the o-line hold up and run game show promise I think you will see a balance run game. Let’s see what happen! I bet half the post in here are not Cowboy fans. Just saying

  54. BringBackTheFlex says: Jun 23, 2014 11:00 AM

    “his scheme requires a Quarterback who is NOT turnover prone”

    Good, because they have a QB with a career 2-1 TD to INT ratio.

  55. etexfisherman48 says: Jun 25, 2014 9:55 AM

    If the new coaching alignment show they don’t fit Jones must acquit.

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