About this time last year, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was on a bit of a rampage. After the team posted their second consecutive 8-8 record without a postseason appearance, Jones promptly fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. He then allegedly took offensive playcalling responsibilities away from head coach Jason Garrett and gave them to offensive line coach Bill Callahan. After another 8-8 season in 2013, Jones has now all but admitted firing Ryan was a mistake. Now it appears the Cowboys think giving Callahan the playcalling duties was a mistake as well.
ESPN.com’s Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen are both reporting Jones and Garrett are considering hiring former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for the Cowboys staff. In a story on ESPNDallas.com, Werder and Mortensen describe the possible hiring as a compromise solution between the two men to find a play-caller they both agree on. They went on to describe the disagreement between them last season that lead to the Callahan promotion:
“According to a source, Garrett attempted to hire Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator and playcaller a year ago when Jones expressed dissatisfaction with Garrett’s performance in the role. But Jones decided against the move late in the process, apparently believing Turner’s offensive philosophy was too similar to that of Garrett. Jones preferred to empower Callahan at the expense of his head coach.”
The Lions offense finished sixth in the league last season under Linehan. Prior to spending the past five seasons in Detroit, he was the head coach for the St. Louis Rams. Not surprisingly, Garrett and Linehan have a strong connection. As the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, Linehan gave Garrett his first coaching job when he hired him as his quarterback coach.
Cowboy officials have not made any official announcements about the possible hire.