After several days of speculation, it appears the Dallas Cowboys will sign former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to take over playcalling duties in 2013, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Monday night.
Mortensen and Adam Schefter initially reported that the Cowboys were interested in Linehan on Friday. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, citing an unnamed source, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan--who called the plays in 2013--was less than enthused about the idea.
Jason Garrett called plays for the Cowboys from 2007--when he arrived as offensive coordinator--to 2012. Callahan took over last year and, with him calling the shots, Dallas finished 5th in the league in scoring offense but 16th in total offense. It’s uncertain if Callahan’s title will change with the Linehan hiring, but Jerry Jones has said he will be back to fulfill his contract, which expires after next year.
Linehan was in Detroit for five seasons before being let go back on December 30. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as the head coach of the Rams, and has spent time with the Vikings and Dolphins as offensive coordinator.