The Dallas Cowboys hired former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to fix their offense. According to ESPN on Jan. 31, Linehan's official title will be the passing game coordinator but he will also take over the duties as the team's play caller.
This is bad news for Bill Callahan, who just learned that he had the title stripped of him. Rumors behind the scenes indicate that Callahan was angry that Linehan was hired to replace him as the play caller and then Dallas blocked him from interviewing with the Cleveland Browns to be their offensive coordinator. They also blocked him from interviewing with the Baltimore Ravens.
Basically, Callahan has one year left on his contract with Dallas and the team is holding him captive while demoting him as well. It might be a long year for Callahan, who will be coaching somewhere he might not want to work anymore.
With that said, what do the Dallas Cowboys get with Scott Linehan? He was a former head coach with the St. Louis Rams and then moved on to become the offensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions in 2009, a job he lost when Detroit fired head coach Jim Schwartz.
In the last three seasons, the Lions finished no worse than sixth in the NFL in total offense and was the third best in 2012. In those three seasons, Matthew Stafford averaged 4,885 passing yards while tossing 90 touchdown passes. In 2013, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell ran for a combined 1,656 rushing yards.
That makes it look like DeMarco Murray might be used more in the offense while Tony Romo might be in for a career year. However, Scott Linehan has one year to prove himself because he only signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.