Cowboys part ways with OC Scott Linehan

Ruben Hill
January 19, 2019

In a decision Cowboys fans have been waiting for since the season came to an end, the Dallas front office and Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways.

"As Jason (Garrett) expressed, we met on Wednesday and had a good, direct talk", Linehan said in a statement. He has been instrumental in the development and success of a significant number of our veteran and younger players.

"I'll always respect Jason as a coach, and I consider him a good friend", Linehan said.

This is a developing story and will be updated. There's a reason that they are the most valuable sports franchise on the planet.

The question of Linehan's replacement will revolve around finding the right fit for quarterback Dak Prescott. The numbers were substantially worse before the team traded its 2019 first-round pick for Amari Cooper.

The move comes almost one week after the team lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams, 30-22.

In the nine games with Cooper, the Cowboys averaged 22.1 points per game, up 2 points over the first seven, and 362.3 yards per game. Elliott has won two rushing titles in his three seasons. Prescott replaced an injured Romo two years later.

What's unclear is where the Cowboys go next.

"I think we can get better schematically", executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said on his radio show a day before the decision on Linehan was announced. He also stated they had not had a meeting with the coaches to discuss the future.

Tony Romo was the quarterback during those years, and Linehan was not named offensive coordinator until 2015.

The Cowboys will begin their search for a new offensive coordinator immediately. Bill Callahan called plays in 2013 before Linehan's arrival.

Whoever lands the job will have a lot to work with.

One intriguing consideration is whether to utilize Prescott's mobility more. He has 18 rushing touchdowns in the regular season in his career, but there were some who believed he should have run more.

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