Former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan reportedly headed to Dallas to call plays for the Cowboys
By Matthew Postins
It appears the Dallas Cowboys will have a different play-caller for the third straight season, as the Cowboys have reportedly hired Scott Linehan to call plays in 2014.
The Cowboys have not made an official announcement, but multiple outlets, including NFL.com and ESPN.com reported the news Monday night. ESPNDallas.com reported that Linehan took part in meetings at Valley Ranch on Monday.
The Cowboys’ interest in Linehan first broke last week at the Senior Bowl.
The hiring of Linehan might represent a small victory for head coach Jason Garrett, who typically must defer to his general manager, Jerry Jones, when it comes to coaching hires. Linehan hired Garrett to his first NFL coaching job in 2005 when Garrett became the quarterbacks coach at Miami. Linehan was then the offensive coordinator. Linehan was reportedly so impressed with Garrett after one season that he tried to hire Garrett away from Miami to join him in St. Louis as his offensive coordinator for the 2006 season.
Jones instead asked Bill Callahan to call plays in 2013. Callahan was the Cowboys’ offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, but Garrett called the plays before the 2013 season. Garrett, according to reporting by ESPN.com, was interested in having Norv Turner re-join the Cowboys to call plays in 2013.
With Callahan calling the plays in 2013, the Cowboys were the No. 15 offense in the NFL, averaging nearly 350 yards per game. Dallas was fifth in the NFL in scoring, but its total yardage were the Cowboys’ fewest since 2005.
Linehan was the offensive coordinator in Detroit for five seasons before he was let go after the firing of head coach Jim Schwartz. Linehan called the plays for one of the top offenses in the NFL last year, as the Lions had quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The Lions have been a Top 10 offense the past three seasons under Linehan. But the Lions only made the postseason once in the five years Linehan called plays.