Scott Linehan Dismissal Offers Hope to Cowboys Fans
The Dallas Cowboys offseason just became much more interesting. The team parted ways with longtime offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, despite head coach Jason Garrett telling 105.3 The Fan on Monday that he expected all of his coaches to return next season. Garrett issued this statement regarding Linehan.
"This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person. He and I had some really positive, substantive and open discussions which took place in the latter part of this week, and we ultimately agreed that it would be in the best interest of all of the parties involved if we were to make a change at this position,” Garrett said. “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."
Despite finishing the season with 10 wins and the NFC East title, the Cowboys offense ranked 22nd in total offense and in scoring offense. The team averaged 21.2 points per game. Despite Garrett's public support for Linehan, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones released his own statement Tuesday that put the offensive coordinator's future with the club up in the air.
"Why would I put some kind of statement out that says this is what we’re going to do when we might have an opportunity here next week? This is the time when these things are thought about," Jones said. "This is the time when they are chewed on. This is when you may see an opportunity that you didn’t know existed this week in the area of personnel or in the area of coaching."
The big question now will be who Jones will hire to replace Linehan? ESPN.com's Todd Archer speculated that Garrett could call the plays, a role he had from 2007-2012. Dallas quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore and tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier are other in house possibilities. Jones could also look for someone outside the organization to fill his offensive coordinator role for 2019. Regardless, the Scott Linehan era in Dallas is officially over, much to the delight of the team's fanbase who have been begging Jones to make a change for quite sometime.