Cowboys hire Scott Linehan as offensive playcaller

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Dallas Cowboys have hired former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as offensive playcaller with the title of passing game coordinator, according to sources.

Linehan will become the team’s third offensive playcaller in as many years. He will take over the job from offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, who, sources said, would be opposed to the move.

However, Callahan, who is signed through the 2014 season, is expected to remain with the team. He had been offensive coordinator/offensive line coach the last two seasons.

Callahan became the playcaller in 2013 when Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones wanted to take those duties away from coach Jason Garrett, who handled the responsibility from 2007-12.

Linehan spent 2009-13 as the Lions offensive coordinator, steering one of the most prolific passing games in the NFL led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

In 2005, he worked with Garrett for a year with the Miami Dolphins as the offensive coordinator under Nick Saban and Garrett as the quarterbacks coach. The two have remained close ever since.

Linehan will call plays for an offense that finished fifth in the league in scoring (27.4 points per game) but put up only 5,461 yards, the fewest by a Cowboys team since 2005.

Tony Romo had 31 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Dez Bryant had his second-straight 1,000-yard season and 13 touchdowns in earning his first Pro Bowl appearance. DeMarco Murray became the first Dallas runner with more than 1,000 yards in a season since 2006.

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