Cowboys mull adding Linehan as play-caller

Posted Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Dallas Cowboys are considering adding former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to the coaching staff, possibly to call plays.

While owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett said offensive coordinator Bill Callahan would return next season, they also hinted that some roles on the staff might change.

According to a source, the Cowboys are trying to determine the best role for Linehan, but play-caller definitely is an option.

Callahan called plays last season, taking over for Garrett, who had performed those duties since joining Dallas as offensive coordinator in 2006.

The Cowboys had the league’s 16th-ranked offense last season, and their 5,461 yards were the fewest by the franchise since 2005.

Linehan is a veteran offensive coordinator, play-caller and former St. Louis Rams head coach who directed the league’s sixth-, third- and fifth-ranked offenses the last three seasons in Detroit.

Garrett’s first job as an NFL assistant coach was in 2005 under Linehan, who the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.

Linehan’s NFL experience also includes a stint as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

As a player, Linehan signed with the Cowboys as a rookie free-agent quarterback in 1987 after going undrafted out of Idaho. He was cut before the start of training camp because of a shoulder injury, putting him on the path to becoming a coach.

The story was first reported by ESPN.

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Tuesday, September 02Full Scoreboard
Cincinnati0Delayed | Box
Baltimore0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-OH, MASN
Detroit1Bottom 3rd | Box
Cleveland2@theBallpark | TV: FSN-DET, STO
Boston7Top 4th | Box
NY Yankees1@theBallpark | TV: NESN, YES
Philadelphia0Bottom 4th | Box
Atlanta0@theBallpark | TV: CSN-PHI, SPSO
NY Mets5Top 4th | Box
Miami3@theBallpark | TV: SNY, FSN-FL
Toronto2Bottom 3rd | Box
Tampa Bay2@theBallpark | TV: SNET, Sun Sports
Milwaukee0Top 1st | Box
Chicago Cubs0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-WI, CSN-CHI+
LA Angels0Bottom 1st | Box
Houston0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-W, CSN-HOU
Texas0Bottom 1st | Box
Kansas City0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-SW, FSN-KC
Chicago WSox0Bottom 1st | Box
Minnesota0@theBallpark | TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-N
Pittsburgh0Top 1st | Box
St. Louis0@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-MW
San Francisco 9/2 8:40 PM ET
Colorado TV: CSN-BA, ROOT-RM
Seattle 9/2 10:05 PM ET
Oakland TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-CA
Washington 9/2 10:10 PM ET
Los Angeles TV: MASN 2, SportsNet LA
Arizona 9/2 10:10 PM ET
San Diego TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-SD
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, September 02Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 1Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
Seattle TV: NBC
Sunday
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: FOX
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: FOX
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: CBS
New England 1:00 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: FOX
San Francisco 4:25 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Carolina 4:25 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Indianapolis 8:30 PM ET
Denver TV: NBC
Monday
NY Giants 7:10 PM ET
Detroit TV: ESPN
San Diego 10:20 PM ET
Arizona TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, September 02Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard