The question first was asked after the season-opening loss to the Panthers when the Cowboys had only 232 yards and scored eight points. It was asked again Monday, a day after the Cowboys gained 303 yards in a 24-13 loss to the Seahawks.
Jason Garrett’s answer remains the same: Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will continue to call the plays for the Cowboys.
“We’re not going to go down that road,” Garrett said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I have a lot of confidence in Scott Linehan. He has been an outstanding coordinator in this league for a long time. He’s been an outstanding coordinator for us. He’s been an outstanding play-caller for us. What we need to do is get better on offense. We have to constantly look at ourselves as coaches first, about the positions we’re putting our players in with our game plan, and during the game we have to look at how we’re executing things — what we’re doing well — and build on those things and what we’re not doing well, [we need to] address those things. Practice them better and carry them to the game. We just have to do it. We’ll work very hard this week to do that. Try to instill that in our players and hopefully play better this week against Detroit.”
It’s true the Cowboys have plenty of blame to go around: Their quarterback has thrown for less than 200 yards in nine of the past 11 games; their running back lost a fumble and stepped out of bounds before catching a touchdown pass Sunday; their receivers and tight ends scare no one; and their offensive line isn’t coming close to living up to its reputation.
“We haven’t played well enough on offense, so everybody has to look at it,” Garrett said. “I think it would be false for me to say this is about the play calling. This is about everything we’re doing offensively. We have to do better. We have to coach better; we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to run it better; we’ve got to throw it better. We’ve got to protect better. We have to do all the things that good offenses do. We have to do all those things better. We’re working hard to do that.”
So Linehan will keep his job for now.
Garrett called the plays in 2011 and 2012, his first two full seasons as head coach, before turning it over to Bill Callahan. Linehan has served as the team’s play-caller since he was hired in 2014.