Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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The Cowboy’s offensive camp might be lacking some serious elbow room next season.  Despite announcing that Callahan and Garrett’s jobs are both safe, Dallas has been courting former Lions’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

What does this mean? Honestly, it’s hard to say.  I sincerely doubt Jones would look to replace Callahan after guaranteeing his job security.  I also know that Jerry will not replace Garrett until he has exhausted all other possibilities.

So, if Dallas does manage to bring Linehan in, what would his official title be and in what capacity would he be used?

Many are speculating that he will be the next to take seat in the Cowboy’s musical chairs game of offensive play calling.  While that seems likely, it presents a confusing situation when handing out parking spots. 

If Garrett is still head coach (which he will be), and Callahan is still offensive coordinator (which he’s supposed to be), what does that leave for Linehan (Official Offensive Play Caller)?

More interestingly, why did the Lions let him go?  Detroit finished 6th in the league in overall yards, averaging 392 a game.  The only problem for Dallas is that the pass accounted for nearly two and a half times as many yards as the run. 

Dallas came under fire several times this season for relying too heavily on the pass, especially when coming into the second half with a lead.  For a team that was striving for a more even handed offensive attack, this selection appears to be going in the wrong direction.

For now I suppose we’ll all have to just wait and see.  I expect more news to start trickling out of Valley Ranch early this week.

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