It’s difficult to discern what happens behind closed doors at the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, but it appears the voice of Cowboys fans that wanted offensive coordinator Scott Linehan ousted have won out.
Dallas released a statement from head coach Jason Garrett just after noon on Friday saying the team has parted ways with Linehan.
Garrett’s full statement:
“This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person. He and I had some really positive, substantive and open discussions which took place in the latter part of this week, and we ultimately agreed that it would be in the best interest of all of the parties involved if we were to make a change at this (offensive coordinator) position. This was very much a mutual decision, and there was a great deal of common ground and shared understanding between both of us during our meetings. Scott has had an incredibly positive impact on our football team. He has been instrumental in the development and success of a significant number of our veteran and younger players. He is an outstanding football coach, a great friend and we wish him and his family nothing but the absolute best moving forward.”
The Cowboys won the NFC East this season, many would say despite an offense that finished 22nd in the NFL.
Garrett and Linehan were tasked with replacing significant pieces as the team cut wide receiver Dez Bryant and then tight end Jason Witten announced his retirement, both of those events happening mid-spring.
Dallas struggled in the passing game through the first half of the season, but made significant progress after acquiring wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders for a 2019 first-round draft pick.
However, even after Dallas traded for Cooper, the team struggled in the red zone and many blamed the issues on either unimaginative or over-thinking play calling.