The Dallas Cowboys reportedly will add Scott Linehan to call plays on offense for the 2014 NFL season after another disappointing campaign in 2013 that saw the team miss the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has the scoop:
While sources tell Rapoport that Linehan is going to call offensive plays next year, nobody should expect offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to be ousted from his position. Rapoport reports the Cowboys aren't inclined to release the coordinator from his current contract:
If #Cowboys hire play-caller Scott Linehan today, expect OC Bill Callahan to stay. Why? I’m told Dallas won’t let him out of his contract— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2014
This may give many fans cause to wonder what in the world Jerry Jones is thinking.
Last year, Callahan—who is the team's offensive line coach—was given the play-calling duties after Jones essentially revoked that job from head coach Jason Garrett. Callahan said he wanted to make running the ball a big priority at the beginning of the year, but in the end, only one team ran the ball less than Dallas in 2013.
Still, Callahan was reportedly going to keep calling plays in 2014, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports as of Jan. 12, 2014. Also, Jones himself seemingly endorsed Callahan, per Carlos Mendez of the Star-Telegram: "I thought he did—under all of the circumstances that we worked with there—I thought he did a good job.”
Things have seemingly changed between then and now, given these latest reports.
Bringing in Linehan is an interesting choice. He has a history with Jason Garrett dating back to 2005, when both of them coached with the Miami Dolphins, with Linehan as the offensive coordinator and Garrett the quarterbacks coach.
That said, not all are convinced it's going to be a smart move. B/R's Michael Schottey questions the decision while alluding to the obvious similarities between Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford:
Sure, there’s nothing to suggest that Scott Linehan might fail with QB who takes too many chances in high pressure situations…nothing at all— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) January 25, 2014
Hiring Linehan would be a ____ move for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys definitely needed to do something to help boost offensive production. While Romo has proved himself to be one of the league's premier passers, the Cowboys finished the 2013 campaign with the league's No. 24-ranked rushing offense and only managed eight wins.
It will be fascinating to see how Garrett, Callahan and Linehan coexist as cooks in the same kitchen, however, as all three men have called offenses in the NFL.
What could go wrong?
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