The Circus Is Back In Dallas

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

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

 

Last week Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced that there would not be any major changes to the coaching staff.  Bill Callahan will remain with the team as its offensive coordinator and that Monte Kiffin will remain as the defensive coordinator.

Guess what, sportsfans?  Jerry Jones made some major changes to the coaching staff.  Out is Kiffin as DC, enter Rod Marinelli.   Scott Linehan has been hired as the teams passing game coordinator but will call the plays.  Both Kiffin and Callahan are still apart of the staff.  Kiffin has been “promoted” to assistant head coach and still help with the defense.  Callahan is still the OC but without the biggest component of his duties which is game day play calling.  Can you say, call Dr. Phil?

This seems like Jones is back-tracking after sticking his foot in his mouth.  It also appears that Jones and head coach Jason Garrett were not on the same page and Garrett had these things in motion last week when the announcement was made.  To make up for his premature announcement, it looks like Jones is trying to soothe the pain especially in the case of Kiffin.

Kiffin has not been fired but “promoted” to assistant head coach.  Basically, he is going to run water to Jason Garrett while he is coaching the team.  Other than that, this was a band-aide over a communication mistake.  Had Jerry kept his mouth closed, the headlines would have probably read, “Kiffin Fired, replaced with Marinelli”.  Instead, we have this disaster of a coaching staff.

On to Linehan who was hired from the Detroit Lions.  After Jim Schwartz was fired from his head coaching duties in Detroit, Linehan was relieved of his duties as the offensive coordinator.  Incidentally, the Lions during the time of Linehan’s reign as offensive coordinator was dismal 29-51 over a four-year span.  Last year the Lions were 7-9.  It looks like Jones went fishing in the mediocre pool, again.

In Linehan’s first season, the Lions were 2-14 and ranked 26th in offense.  The Lions offense did get as high as 3 in total offense in 2012.  The year before that, they were ranked #5 in the NFL for offense and number 1 in passing.  That was the same season the Lions went 10-6 and had a playoff game.   Just getting that little bit of information so it is safe to say that the running game isn’t going to get much love or time of day.  Today’s NFL has become a passing league but it is also important to note that one of the two Super Bowl teams entering into Sunday’s game relies heavily on the run game.

The hiring of Linehan and promotion of Kiffin and Marinelli has folks scratching their heads especially after Jones’ announcement last week.  This continues to show that the Dallas Cowboys need a bonafide general manager.  Jones has turned the position into nothing more than a ring leader as he is leading the circus.  To top it all, we hired an offensive coordinator from another mediocre team.  I wrote an article just last week on how the coaching carousel stops with Jones.  Apparently it doesn’t as it appears the circus had to make one more stop into town.

Topics: Bill Callahan, Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones, Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli, Scott Linehan

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  • Old Frog

    The only thing that makes sense in all of this is that JJ and Garrett wanted Marinelli and had to throw Kiffin a bone to keep him and they needed to replace Callahan after last season but wanted to keep him around because he’s been successful as the OL coach. What doesn’t make any sense is the apparent “mediocre” hiring of Linehan. He must have done a great sales job during his interview or all the players agree that Romo will be passing 45 times a game every week.

  • californy

    Last year 4 team in the top 10 miss the play off in passing that includes Oakland, Dallas, NO and Detroit. I rather have a OC more committed to balance with a run game.

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