On Friday, a report by ESPN’s Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen that had the Dallas Cowboys showing interest in former Lions offensive coordinator Linehan set the rumor mill in motion.
There have been no further developments since then, but according to Werder and Mortensen, Linehan is being viewed as a “compromise” candidate for the playcalling duties--a major question mark going into this offseason--which is perhaps a sign that there’s some discord at Valley Ranch between Jerry Jones, Bill Callahan and Jason Garrett.
Garrett served as the Cowboys’ playcaller from 2007, when he arrived as offensive coordinator, through 2012, his second full season as head coach. The new offensive coordinator, Callahan, took over last year but struggled enough that, late in the year, Dallas changed playcalling protocol so Callahan’s call were sent through Garrett.
Jones has said that Callahan will be back as offensive coordinator next year, but that doesn’t mean he’ll retain playcalling duties.
Linehan was fired by the Lions this offseason after five years as the team’s offensive coordinator. He has also worked as an offensive coordinator with the Vikings and the Dolphins and, from 2006-2008, he served as the head coach of the Rams.
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