Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talks into his headset during the game with the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys Hire A New Play Caller

There has been much speculation about Scott Linehan, the former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator, coming to the Dallas Cowboys. The hire makes sense from head coach Jason Garrett’s standpoint. This is a win for him. It also shows that he has a little more pull with owner Jerry Jones than people give him credit for. Several hours ago Mike Fisher of CBS Radio 105.3 the Fan tweeted out the news about the hire.

He also tweeted out exactly my thoughts on this being a win for Jason Garrett.

Not only did Garrett win, but wide receiver Dez Bryant also is a big winner here. Linehan is known for his passing game but he also gets the ball to his playmakers. With his combinations of routes, fans should expect that Bryant and the Cowboys tight ends to flourish. This past season the Lions were able to get the ball to more than just one tight end, which is a philosophy that the Cowboys seem to struggle with. As far as the numbers of Dez vs Calvin, Bryant actually had more targets, receptions and touchdowns. But the difference was in going down field.

Where does current offensive coordinator and line coach Bill Callahan go from here? Much like dallas’ defensive line coach Rod Marinelli’s story, Callahan is under contract. And unless he gets a head coaching gig, Jones won’t release him from that agreement. Jerry doesn’t want to pay two offensive coordinators, so Callahan is very likely to remain through the remainder of his contract that expires after the 2014 season.

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