The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly have their third play-caller in as many seasons, as Jerry Jones has reportedly added Scott Linehan to the amalgam of coordinators.
And I’m not so sure it’s a move that makes much sense.
With the news that the Browns dodged a bullet and were not allowed to bring in Bill Callahan to call plays in Cleveland, Linehan will not be replacing anyone… Rather, he’ll become the third offensive mind roaming the Dallas sideline.
The Cowboy coaching staff has become one with too many chiefs and not enough Indians, it seems. Jason Garrett has had almost all of his power stripped away – sans the role of emotional leader, which he doesn’t very well embrace – but is still the head coach. Callahan seems to be fully invested in his hand-it-to-DeMarco-eight-times-in-the-first-half-then-three-times-in-the-second-half-with-a-lead mentality and is reportedly upset about the Linehan hiring.
Monte Kiffin was just relieved of his responsibilities with the defense - a large step in the right direction for the team's biggest weakness in 2013 - yet not actually being fired.
And in steps the former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator to the tribe.
Now, Linehan has had top-6 yardage offenses each of the last three years in Detroit. But the teams with which Linehan has been associated have ranked in the bottom half of rushing attempts in nine of his twelve seasons on NFL coaching staffs.
And with comparable offenses – Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford are statistically comparable QBs and each has a premier no. 1 receiver in Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson, respectively – that doesn’t bode well for a Cowboy offense whose 16th-place ranking in total yards was the worst since 2002 (30th).
It all begs the question: why?
Why bring in a “passing game coordinator” and forbid last year’s offensive coordinator and play-caller to interview elsewhere?
Why bring in another offensive mind whose approach differs very little from the mindset of those in charge of an underachieving offense a year ago?
Why create even more confusion on a sideline that can’t afford any distractions from anything strictly football-related?
As Mike & Mike noted during their morning show on ESPN Radio, no head coach would make those decisions. Not in the 93 years of the NFL’s rich history, and not now.
It’s Jerry, and he’s committed to mediocrity.
Now, that isn’t fair to Scott Linehan, who doesn’t deserve an indictment of mediocrity before even officially joining the coaching staff… He deserves all the optimism Cowboys fans can possibly muster about the upcoming season.
But it is Jerry, after all, and if nothing else, he is committed to dysfunction.