Scott Linehan doesn’t anticipate major adjustments to Cowboys offense

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In 2014, the Cowboys had one of the league’s best offenses behind Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray.

The offensive production dropped sharply in 2015 as the Cowboys finished 31st in the league in points, 22nd in yards and struggled to turn red zone possessions into touchdowns on the way to a 4-12 record. It wasn’t a coincidence that those three players who led the 2014 unit were largely out of the picture.

Murray signed with the Eagles as a free agent, Romo missed 12 games and Bryant was limited by a foot injury when he wasn’t missing seven games. The latter two players are expected back and healthy in 2016, which would explain why offensive coordinator Scott Linehan says the team is focused on better execution rather than major schematic changes this offseason.

“I don’t anticipate anything major [adjustment-wise],” Linehan said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Obviously, we’re working to improve in some areas we fell short, so we’ll do that here in the upcoming months. We really have to get ourselves back to where we really started and where we were in training camp. I think we have to start by everyone looking in the mirror and saying, ‘This is what we’ve got to do individually. Then collectively as a group, and then as a team.’ So it’s pretty cut and dry that way.”

There’s not much question that better health would make a world of difference for the Dallas offense, although 2015’s results also illustrated the need to upgrade the overall depth of the unit because no one can guarantee that Romo, Bryant or anyone else will be in the lineup for 16 games the next time around.

13 responses to “Scott Linehan doesn’t anticipate major adjustments to Cowboys offense

  1. Outside of Braxton Miller with the 35th pick.

    He’s jonesing (no pun intended) for Manziel type player and Braxton might be it.

  2. The crime against the Cowboy fans is they wasted two years on Brandon Weeden when they should have been developing the QB of the future. But Jerry Jones can’t see long term only short term as a GM. Relying on Romo to stay healthy all year is a fairy tale of epic proportions.

  3. Romo. RGIII, and Manziel are Dallas qbs next year. Romo starts first three games (3-0) and is injured. RGIII plays five games(0-5) and is pulled for Manziel. Johnny Football plays the balance of the season and leads them to the “glory hole” where they can be looking at “butts” again.(4-12), and JJ takes all the credit for his personnel moves.

  4. You likely won’t see the same types of injury this season for the Cowboys. Bryant has been more healthy than not during his career, and Romo was hurt on a freakish play and then brought back too quickly. The major adjustment Dallas needs to make is bringing in more effective running backs. With a solid running game the pass rush slows down, Romo has time to sit in the pocket and Bryant has time to get open. Getting a serviceable backup is secondary and getting a receiver to compliment Bryant and take some of the pressure off would also be useful, but it will all hinge on how you can manipulate the guys in the box to dictate the spread of the field.

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