Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes that aside from Tony Romo, no one stands to benefit more from the hiring of Scott Linehan as play-caller than receiver Dez Bryant.
Jones is quick to point out Linehan’s history of working with (and succeeding with)marquee receivers, like Randy Moss in Minnesota and Calvin Johnson in Detroit. Of course, the Cowboys got a firsthand look at Johnson in 2013, when he went for 14 catches and 329 yards in a 31-30 Lions victory in October.
“There is no question, he’ll take it and he’s done it,” Jones said of Linehan, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Look hard at how he maximized his skills, how he maximized Johnson’s skills. Johnson didn’t get there doing what he did against us. For whatever reason, they designed stuff to take advantage of Johnson getting there. We’re not going to give any coach credit for Johnson. Well, that’s not really the way it should be. With what he did at Minnesota, with what he’s done and where he’s been, he really does make adjustments to the personnel that are really dictated by the scheme and the philosophy.
“There’s no question that he’ll take his top players, and it can be in the running game as well, in the running game, he will utilize them in the running game. To some degree all coaches will say that, but getting them to do it or getting it done is another thing. But he’s a proven imaginative coach, relative to using his talent, their particular skills."
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