Scott Linehan: It’s our job to prove Troy Aikman wrong

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Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones called Troy Aikman an “armchair quarterback” after the Hall of Fame quarterback criticized his former team’s creativity on offense. The Cowboys’ play caller, Scott Linehan, wasn’t about to go that far, saying Aikman is entitled to his opinion.

People have their own opinions,” Linehan said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “It’s hard to be super creative when you’re having loss-yardage plays, to be honest with you. But I thought we had some really good stuff for the game that we couldn’t use. But he’s entitled to whatever opinion he has about that. It’s our job to go out and show him that we have some stuff that maybe he’ll be impressed with.”

Nine of the Cowboys’ 64 plays resulted in lost yardage, including six sacks. They had 11 plays gain no yardage, including 10 incompletions.

The Cowboys managed only 232 yards, including 170 passing yards, in the season-opening loss to the Panthers. It marked the seventh time in the past nine games, dating to last season, that Dallas has thrown for fewer than 200 yards.

The Cowboys, who scored eight points against the Panthers, have scored a total of 46 points in their past four games.

“Certainly if an offense doesn’t put up a lot of points there’s going to be criticism towards how we played,” Linehan said. “We accept that and take on the challenge that we’re going to go out and play much better the next game.”

48 responses to “Scott Linehan: It’s our job to prove Troy Aikman wrong

  1. I think a conservative approach makes sense at this point. Dak has digressed the last 2 years and getting fancy is not the thing to do now. Keep it simple and help Dak be successful.

  2. Sometimes, you just have to say the right things. You know your offense is in a funk. Instead of making the “armchair QB” comment, just respond with something like “yeah… when you’re not doing well, I don’t expect compliments to rain down” or something like that. Take ownership of it. That will go a long ways

  3. lol Stephen lashes out at a former Cowboy HOF qb instead of buying a $20 mirror and looking in it with his dad Jerry.
    They are the reason there is noting to this offense and this franchise as a whole

  4. The Cowboys will be drafting a QB at the top of the draft next year.

    Hiring a new coach too.

    Jerry going nowhere.

  5. I find it hilarious that most of the people who watch Aikman call a Cowboys game think he’s completely biased for the Cowboys, but some freak out if he says even the slightest thing critical of them.

  6. You know what makes me happy? That Jerruh is an AWFUL GM and that she he Cowboys stink. You know what makes me “life long” Happy? That his son is just as bad of a GM and absolutely ignorant about how to communicate with the public. That franchise is going to suck for a very LONG time with Jerruh and little Stevie at the helm. If Cowboy fans were hoping Jerruh would step aside for little Stevie, you should be scared because he’s got even less GM credentials than his daddy and is twice as clueless which really says something. Oh it’s so great when that turd of a franchise self implodes and is a constant joke!

  7. baddegg says:
    September 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    Actually it’s not your job to pay attention to what an announcer says about you. It’s your job to win, period. Just ignore Aikman.

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    I disagree, Aikman has won 3 Super Bowls and he cares about the team. His opinion should be respected. The Cowboys look terrible. Jones should not be calling him an armchair QB.

  8. It funny how an innocuous, but blatantly obvious observation by an announcer has the Cowboys so called brain trust on the defensive.

  9. Troy Aikman is totally overrated. Check out those pathetic stats.

    NFL Career Passing Statistics
    Dallas Cowboys
    Year GP Att Com Pct Yds TD Int Long QB Rating
    1989 11 293 155 52.9 1,749 9 18 75 55.7
    1990 15 399 226 56.6 2,579 11 18 61 66.6
    1991 12 363 237 65.3 2,754 11 10 61 86.7
    1992 16 473 302 63.8 3,445 23 6 87 89.5
    1993 14 392 271 69.1 3,100 15 6 80 99.0
    1994 14 361 233 64.5 2,676 13 12 90 84.9
    1995 16 432 280 64.8 3,304 16 7 50 93.6
    1996 15 465 296 63.7. 3,126 12 13 61 80.1
    1997 16 518 292 56.4 3,283 19 12 64 78.0
    1998 11 315 187 59.4 2,330 12 5 67 88.5
    1999 14 442 263 59.5 2,964 17 12 90 81.1
    2000 11 262 156 59.5 1,632 7 14 48 64.3

    165 TD’s vs 141 INTs

    It was all Emmet Smith

  10. They are who we thought they were: No number 1 receiver, TEs roster is weak, Probowl Center is out, Conner Williams appears to have been over sold. Dak can’t do miracles if he has to dodge a convoy of 340 DLmen on every play. Yes, it appears releasing Dan Bailey was a huge mistake and perhaps this week will give more insight as to how big of a success/mistake Maher is.

  11. vikings1234 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I think a conservative approach makes sense at this point. Dak has digressed the last 2 years
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    I think the word is regressed. But I don’t think this is just Dak getting worse, it is defensive coordinators now having enough tape on him to know exactly how to shut him down.

  12. Aikman was good at coming through in the clutch, with the HEAVY aid of the players around him. He was mediocre as a QB – men lie, women lie, NUMBERS DON’T. Those Cowboy’s teams and coaches carried him, not the other way around.

  13. Lets be fair now. The truth of the matter is the Cowboys are only a head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback, tight end and 3 wide receivers away from feilding a really good team.

  14. The only thing the Cowbabies had going forThem was Bailey kicking field goals. Now all they have is bashing their HoF QB.

    It’s amazing how much better their opponents are inside the 20’s.

  15. Troy was a very good QB, but he and that run of 3 SBs from 92-95 benefitted hugely from the last gasp of limitless salary spending. It was for the very reason of Jerrah parachuting in with endless piles of money to simply buy an all-star team in the early 90s that the league finally grudgingly decided to bring in the salary cap in 94. Once that worked it’s way thru the system, after 1995, Troy’s Boys faded woefully (one more playoff win in 96). And apart from 2 rare seasons (2009 and 2014) Cowboys haven’t even won a wildcard game since. This is why Jerrah is pissed and Troy will be moaning about bad Boys for many years to come.

  16. I think Troy Aikman is a little more than an ‘Armchair Quarterback’. He’s the last QB they had to win a Super Bowl, and they haven’t even been close since he retired. No leaders on that team, just followers and yes men for Jerry Jones.

  17. Stephen didn’t call Aikman an armchair QB…he said that we all can play armchair QB and analyze things….He was actually brushing off the question. Don’t believe everything you read from Charean Williams. I don’t know about her reporting in other sports, but in football she’s completely biased and one of the worst at twisting facts to fit her stories.

  18. Titan
    Sep 13, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT

    The NFL is better when the Cowboys stink.

    Reggie Bush just said the same exact thing on the NFL Network. Like you and him, I believe that statement is correct. It’s much better when they’re a punching bag as opposed to a playoff team

  19. “Certainly if an offense doesn’t put up a lot of points there’s going to be criticism towards how we played,”

    A lot of points??? Heck I’d be happy with an average amount of points!!

  20. As much as I detest Aikman, I think it’s safe to say he knows more about QBing and offense than we do, especially president Stephen Jones.
    Lets be real, forget about the playing ability, an NFL QB knows way more about how offenses than nay of. How can Stephen Jones call him an armchair QB when Stephen Jones can’t find his behind with both hands.

  21. streetyson says:
    September 13, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    Troy was a very good QB, but he and that run of 3 SBs from 92-95 benefitted hugely from the last gasp of limitless salary spending. It was for the very reason of Jerrah parachuting in with endless piles of money to simply buy an all-star team in the early 90s that the league finally grudgingly decided to bring in the salary cap in 94. Once that worked it’s way thru the system, after 1995, Troy’s Boys faded woefully (one more playoff win in 96). And apart from 2 rare seasons (2009 and 2014) Cowboys haven’t even won a wildcard game since. This is why Jerrah is pissed and Troy will be moaning about bad Boys for many years to come.
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    I presume you never heard of Hershchel Walker and the blockbuster trade?
    The Cowboys just drafted out of their minds under Jimmy Johnson and made it count.
    This is the climate we live in where facts can be made out of our imagination.

    I’m not even a Cowboys fan and I wouldn’t say their run was due to overspending.

  22. When Jerry and Stevie took over after running JJ out the door they have pretty much sucked putting a good team together… Jimmy was an evaluator and coach they are neither….marketing yes football no

  23. @magnumpimustache

    Finally a guy who gets it. I agree 1000% except for yds Romo’s numbers dwarf aikman’s but the fact that aikman played with 7 hall of famers and counting on those 90{s teams got him 3 rings. He had that one great superbowl and then he simply became the bus driver. Romo might have won 5 with those 90’s teams

  24. “armchair quarterback”
    Those are fightin’ words if I’m Aikman.
    Troy has more knowledge of NFL Offenses in his pinky finger than Stephen Jones has at all. And I’m no Troy Aikman fan by any means.

  25. It’s Scott Lineham job as the OC, to find ways to win games. That means he may have to adjust things to win. Lineham make no adjustments, period! Allegedly Lineham works on a game plan thru the week. But he make no adjustments to the actual personnel playing, game conditions, and what is working and what isn’t working! That’s why the Cowboys are stinking up the place. Fire old Scotty and watch things change for the better!

  26. I’m really not qualified to judge Linehan the coach, but Linehan the speaker is outstanding. Everything he said was as well spoken as I’ve ever heard. Just for that, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. I’m not in opposition to Troy Aikman, or how he goes about doing what he’s being paid to do. I don’t think it’s cool for one Cowboy to call out another. That’s more what I expect from Dez Bryant. I can’t imagine Roger Staubach …….

    oh well, I better stop now.

  27. The armchair QB comment is a pretty tepid response, considering Aikman was an actual QB for quite some time, and understands the nuances of the game to a far greater degree than 99.9% of us rubes commenting online. Jones should have just said nothing, he would have looked less like a clown.

  28. I CANNOT wait until Patty Cake and Linehan are gone…..They are incompetent in so many areas, I cannot mention all of them!!! As far as their abilities to coach up a q/b, look no further back than 2015….unbelievable 😦

  29. Oh my poor Cowgirls…

    For many years, I was hopeful that SJ would figure out that Jerruh was ruining the football product by playing GM but with comments like that, I am concerned that he might not see the light and hire a real GM…

    As long as they own the most valuable sports franchise on the planet, what incentive do they really have to change?

  30. Jerry Jones and his son dismantled the team that Jimmy Johnson built and despite the HC they have hired in the post-Johnson era they have had limited success, with worst results as they moved further and further from that era. Because of this Jerry Jones has always lived in Jimmy Johnson’s shadow as far as managing the team and he can’t stand that history is proving that Johnson and not Jones was the mastermind behind Dallas’ success. The Jones family is staking everything on their draft ability from two years ago, when they drafted both Zeke and Dak, but the truth is last year was a true insight into what Dak really is and why the were able to get him in the 3rd round. But due to Jones’ ego, they have virtually no alternative at the QB position . . . when most GM’s would have looked at last year and said “maybe I need to get an experience and capable backup QB, in case Dak doesn’t turn it around”. Jones’ ego got in the way and now the Cowboys QB room consists of Dak (3rd round, 3rd year, exposed QB), back up Rush Cooper (an undrafted rookie FA signed last year, with virtually no NFL experience or knowledge) and Mike White (a rookie 5th round pick). AND their new QB position coach is Kellon Moore, with exactly 0 years of experience being a QB coach. So Dak has struggled out of the gate and instead of having a veteran QB in the room to help groom him or an experienced QB coach to help develop him, he is virtually all alone as the most experienced player in a position room with a rookie coach. It appears Jones went down this path simply to prove how brilliant his drafting of Dak was 3 years ago.

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