Scott Linehan will remain Cowboys’ play-caller

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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.

21 responses to “Scott Linehan will remain Cowboys’ play-caller

  1. It’s a juggernaut, why would they change. That 77 yards passing total early in the 4th quarter is stuff of legend.

  2. “We’re not going down that road”. Sure you are another 9-7 at best because YOU refuse to CHANGE! Stephen Please step in and fire these two already! We are full of pro bowlers! This high school coaching and play calling at best! And the New quarterback coach has to go as well!

  3. They could get Sean Payton back and it wouldn’t make a difference.

    The Cowboys have an average QB and the worst receivers in the league.

  4. At least we didn’t lose to the Bills or Lions! And eagle fans you Barley won at home against the colts so your not all that powerful either.

  5. Too bad! They have NO offense no matter whose calling the plays. Somebody let everyone know when they actually win a game. Until then……

  6. Who should take the blame ? Dak doesn’t look any good, but is that because of the play calling ? The play calling is strange, take for instance there was a sequence where Elliott rushed for 5 yards on first down, then on 2nd down instead of running again, there was a pass play to Tavon Austin that resulted in a 1 yard loss and now it’s 3rd and 6…why not run on 2nd down ? Just sign Dez back and the receivers will be improved.

  7. Guys failed on Sunday but week after week it’s passing to set up the run and it couldn’t be more backwards. LineHAM called a trap on 3rd and 1 from shotgun…when Elliot had gotten at least two yards on every play up to that point. Why not pound Elliot for 1 yd with trip TEs and be done with? Why shotgun? You made him have to get 5 when all he needed was 1?

  8. You’re offensive coordinator is not to Blame when your O-LINE can’t pass protect, you’re receviers can’t get open, your Qb cant throw for 200 yards… so who are we suppose to blame….. you said Romo was done..you cut him, Dez was done and was a distraction… you cut him too. We have ONE injury on offense. The center… really….

  9. I don’t think he understands the meaning of the word outstanding. Princeton should take the diploma back.

  10. Dak gets an average of 2.8 seconds per pass attempt. If you watched Warner’s Corner. He totally explains the issue with Dak. His presnap read isn’t correct. So he looks the wrong way when the ball is snapped. By the time he reads across the field the guy he should of went to is now covered.

  11. Cowboys problems run much deeper than OC and QB play. The problem is and has been Jerry Jones who ran every real football man out of town who actually knew what they were doing, JJ, Parcells, etc. and he did this cause of moon sized ego who couldn’t stand to see others take the credit for winning. Jerry Jones is a two-bit huckster who lacks the self-awareness to know he doesn’t have the chops or pedigree to win the big one. Mark my words the Cowblows will never win under the direction of this clueless self-aggrandizing clown. It’s too bad he doesn’t have anyone around him with the sack to tell him as much.

  12. If they don’t get something going they are going to find themselves sitting at home for the playoffs. That performance yesterday shows they are not a good team. I think they’ll be lucky to be 8-8 and more than likely they’ll be 6-10 or worse.

  13. oreoflorio says:
    September 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Cowboys problems run much deeper than OC and QB play. The problem is and has been Jerry Jones who ran every real football man out of town who actually knew what they were doing, JJ, Parcells, etc. and he did this cause of moon sized ego who couldn’t stand to see others take the credit for winning. Jerry Jones is a two-bit huckster who lacks the self-awareness to know he doesn’t have the chops or pedigree to win the big one. Mark my words the Cowblows will never win under the direction of this clueless self-aggrandizing clown. It’s too bad he doesn’t have anyone around him with the sack to tell him as much.
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    Last I check he does own three rings… they may never win again, but they have won under his direction… just sayin. And to kill your argument, he hired JJ….

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