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Jerry Jones Leaves The Door Open For Linehan's Return

January 15, 2019 - 9:28 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - In his final appearance on 105.3 The Fan this season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't want to get into specifics when discussing the future of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

"I like the direction we're going. I don't have any comments this morning about extensions or if we're going to do any replacing because my options are open. Anybody tells you there's gonna be a change, they don't know because I don't know this morning and I'm the last say," Jones said.

Shan Shariff from Shan & RJ then asked Jones to clarify his statement for the record.

"There is no record. I reserve the right to change my mind when we hang up this phone," Jones said. "Why would I put some kind of ('official') statement out that says this is what we're going to do when we might have an opportunity (to better the #Cowboys coaching staff) here next week? This is the time when things need to be thought about ... when things need to be chewed on."

Jones' comments come a day after head coach Jason Garrett said on The Fan that he expected Linehan to return next season. Garrett later changed his tune at his end of season press conference with the media, saying that no decisions had been made and he couldn't remember what he had said earlier.

Following the on-camera session with the media, Garrett was once again asked about Scott Linehan's future with the team and said regardless of his previous answers, he expects Linehan to remain with the Cowboys in 2019. 

Stephen Jones had his chance to comment on Linehan's future and said it was "a little early to be speculating about (the futures of) players, (and) coaches."

Linehan has spent the last five seasons on Garrett's staff and taken the brunt of the criticism the last two seasons for failing to adapt his offense to the always-evolving NFL.