BREAKING NEWS: Scott Linehan will no longer be the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. What does this mean for America’s team?
On Friday afternoon, head coach Jason Garrett announced that Scott Linehan will no longer be on the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.
“This was very much a mutual decision, and there was a great deal of common ground and shared understanding between both of us during our meetings. Scott has had an incredibly positive impact on our football team. He has been instrumental in the development and success of a significant number of our veteran and younger players. He is an outstanding football coach, a great friend and we wish him and his family nothing but the absolute best moving forward.
Linehan has been the offensive coordinator for America’s team since 2014. It is clear that Linehan is not a totally miserable coach. Linehan was brought in to coach a team led by former Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, and had some exceptional seasons. However, it is also no secret that his scheme does not pair well with quarterback Dak Prescott.
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Ever since Prescott’s rookie campaign, the system failed to utilize Prescott’s special skills. The team tried to turn Prescott into a pocket passer only. Even with the NFL’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, Linehan rarely called play-action passes– something that the best offenses have a lot of success in.
Linehan’s scheme has been criticized as “outdated” or “archaic”. In the modern NFL, teams are getting more creative. In a league where protecting the players is supposedly the number one priority, offenses can afford to be a little more gutsy, a little more tricky.
The organization has not announced who they want to fill the void, but reports have been circulating that Jerry Jones has sent out “feelers” to candidates this week.
Although Jason Garrett claimed no major changes to his coaching staff, a source tells me the #Cowboys have inquired about the interest/availability of at least one prominent offensive #NFL assistant coach.
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) January 17, 2019
Although the owner, the owner’s son, and head coach all appear regularly on 105.3 the fan to discuss Cowboys’ matters, they have held their cards close to their chest. So who knows who will be the next offensive coordinator? But, this is a clear signal that the Cowboys are in a win now mode and are focusing on helping Prescott turn into the player they believe he can be.
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