By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Dallas Cowboys and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has agreed to part ways. Linehan will now attempt to seek employment elsewhere.
The move was made days after head coach Jason Garrett said he did not expect the team to make any coaching changes. Linehan has been an embattled offensive coordinator in recent weeks before this announcement.
“This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person,” Cowboys Head coach Jason Garrett said. “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. 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.
The 55-year-old Sunnyside, Washington native began his tenure with the Cowboys as the team’s passing game coordinator in 2014. He spent the last four seasons as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.
On Monday, Garrett was on 105.3 The Fan and told the hosts that he expected Linehan to return. He said at the time, he did not expected any significant changes.
“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.”
The Cowboys offense was 22nd of the 32 teams in total yards and scoring in 2018. During the 2017 season, they had the 14th ranked offense in total yards and scoring. The team was fifth in both categories in 2016.
In the team’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Ezekiel Elliott had 47 rushing yards and 308 total yards overall. They were also 1 of 10 on third downs.
According to NFL.com, the Cowboys are considering Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator James Coley and their own tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier. Coley, who was just promoted to Bulldogs Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, has no prior NFL experience.
Nussmeier has never been a coordinator in the NFL. Before joining the Cowboys in 2018, he was a college coach and coached in the Canadian Football League.
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