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Linehan Completes Core Group's Return

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys, center, assistant coach Scott Linehan and Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys talk in the first half against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Cowboys are set to make it official on Thursday afternoon that the team is re-signing its head coach, defensive coordinator and now, most recently, the offensive play-caller who will probably assume the official offensive coordinator title.

    Late Wednesday night, reports began to surface that the Cowboys had agreed to a new deal for Scott Linehan, who was brought on board prior to the 2014 season to be the play-caller and passing game coordinator, while Bill Callahan held on to the offensive coordinator title even though he was just the offensive line coach and no longer calling plays. There were some snickers at the absurdity of that whole setup, but it worked out well, and Linehan got the last laugh by orchestrating one of the league's top offenses en route to a 13-win season.

    This is a huge deal for the Cowboys, who will now have Linehan back along with head coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, all of whom were free agents as of Sunday's loss in Green Bay.

    The signings mean the Cowboys will have their trifecta of main coaching principles back in the fold for the near future, and that continuity is a big deal for a franchise that hasn't had much of it in its recent history.