Cowboys HC Jason Garrett Doesn't Expect 'Significant' Changes to Coaching Staff

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2019

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 4: Offensive assistant coach Scott Linehan of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinios. The Cowboys defeated the Bears 41-28. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will return for the 2019 season and that no "significant" changes will happen to the team's coaching staff.

"We don't anticipate any significant changes on our staff," Garrett said Monday on 105.3 The Fan, per ESPN's Todd Archer.

Garrett is expected to receive a contract extension this offseason after leading the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and their second NFC East title in three years. His contract currently runs through the 2019 season.

Linehan has been Garrett's offensive coordinator since 2015. He has taken some flak for his play-calling abilities, but the team's renewed commitment to the ground game under Linehan helped spark their second-half run that led to the division championship.

Owner Jerry Jones said this of Garrett following the team's Wild Card Round win over the Seattle Seahawks:

"It's a feeling that I'm proud for him. I know how hard he works. He's right there with the hardest-working coach that we've had. That's supposed to pay off. He certainly has some things that he's worked on like all of us do. But I know that he's worked really hard to put a young team like this on the field. A lot his fingerprints are on this team. I'm glad he's having success as a head coach."

Garrett has been the Cowboys coach since 2010. He's led the team to a 77-59 record and three playoff appearances, though he has never made it past the divisional round.

Perhaps the only major change on the Cowboys' coaching staff will involve some shuffling of role titles. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported defensive backs coach Kris Richard will be promoted to defensive coordinator. Current defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will be reassigned into a "senior defensive assistant role."

The change should not have much effect because Richard was already the Cowboys' defensive play-caller.

While some may have wanted a flashier name to take over Dallas' promising young offense, Jones clearly loves having stability in his coaching staff. A division title and playoff win is rarely going to lead to many changes, and that's especially the case considering how Dallas finished the regular season.

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