Cowboys mull adding Linehan as play-caller

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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.

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