Despite Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying that coordinators Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin’s jobs were safe, the Cowboys have added a new coach.
That coach is Scott Linehan, formerly the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. It is said that he will assume the position of passing game coordinator while also being designated as the Cowboys new play caller.
Until last season, head coach Jason Garrett had been the only play caller for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo since 2007. In 2013, however, Garrett passed that duty to Callahan after Jones expressed dissatisfaction with Garrett’s play calling. With the news that Linehan will be the team’s new play caller, the Cowboys will be fielding their third offensive play caller in as many seasons.
Under Callahan in 2013, the Cowboys ranked 16th in total offense, fifth in points per game (27.4 ppg) and had their highest red-zone conversion percentage (68.6) since 1998, but also had their lowest third-down conversion percentage (35.0) since 2002.
Earlier this week it was rumored that Garrett wanted changes made to his coaching staff last season, but that Jones decided against it. It’s believed that this move is to alleviate some of the internal disagreements over the direction of the Cowboys offense.
In 2005, Linehan gave Garrett his first NFL coaching job when he hired Garrett to be the Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach. Linehan also has vast knowledge of Garrett’s offensive scheme, which may make him the perfect candidate to call plays, however, and much like his predecessor, Linehan’s play calling is also pass-happy.
This move all but solidifies the idea, at least in my head, that Jones has relinquished some of the control of the team to his head coach… the way it was supposed to have been all along.