No, I’m not going to get swept away in the craziness of Cowboy Nation. Instead, I’ll swim against the tide and welcome our newest addition, Scott Linehan to the family. Yesterday, the Cowboys made Linehan our passing game coordinator and play caller. Bill Callahan will remain offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. On the other side of the ball, Monte Kiffin became assistant head coach of defense and Rod Marinelli became defensive coordinator. Afterwards, you could hear brains exploding.
I won’t place much on titles because every title other than head coach doesn’t matter. I used to consider myself a land based, tangible goods distribution and relocation specialist. The company I worked for and casual observers would’ve said I was an over the road truck driver. It’s just a title, so who cares what the assistant head coach – defense does.
Cowboy Nation often rants about Jerry Jones calling all the shots and not having “football guys” running the place. Now we have Kiffin, Callahan, Linehan & Marinelli in the front offices of Valley Ranch, what’s there to complain about? The goal is to get as many intelligent, knowledgeable, quality, team oriented, focused, intense and hard working people in the organization as possible. The quality of the staff in the organization is just as important as the players on the field. Suddenly, Cowboy Nation complains that there could be too many chiefs. I disagree.
Jamaal Haltom, a member of the – Cowboys Family – Facebook group, was first to point out that Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells had passing and running game coordinators. In Dallas, former Dolphins head coach, Tony Sparano, was Offensive Line / Running Game Coordinator under Parcells and was also titled – Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line in 2007. In 2005, Parcells’ Assistant Head Coach / Passing Game Coordinator was current New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton. Now we have Kiffin as Assistant Head Coach / Defense, but where was the outrage then?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to please everyone in Cowboy Nation without winning our sixth Lombardi trophy. Some of you are still irate that Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson in March of 1994 – #GetOverIt. Johnson gave the most honest answer I’ve ever seen when asked about the Cowboys addition of Linehan. Johnson said, “The only people who know are the ones who are there and even they don’t know and won’t find out until next season.”
In my humble opinion, specialization is good. That’s why you have different occupations like architects, plumbers, electricians, carpenters & realtors. Chances are, the plumber didn’t design the house, the realtor didn’t do the plumbing and the carpenter didn’t put the house on the market. Bring quality people together, allow them do what they’re good at and you’ll have an amazing product – the 2014 Dallas Cowboys.