What Does Aikman Have To Do With Cowboys Offensive Woes?

Mike Fisher
September 13, 2018 - 4:44 pm
Scott Linehan

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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - The story of the Dallas Cowboys offensive ineptitude in Week 1 at Carolina is made infinitely sexier if we include Troy Aikman in the headline and in the lead paragraph.

So we will.

But whether it’s COO Stephen Jones deflecting a 105.3 The Fan question about FOX TV analyst Troy Aikman criticism making him an “armchair quarterback” or coordinator Scott Linehan on Thursday dryly noting the Aikman is “entitled to whatever opinion he has,” the real story has nothing to do with Hall-of-Fame QB Aikman.

Carolina 16, Cowboys 8 has everything to do with ... the Dallas offense managing to score once.

“People have their own opinions,” Linehan said. “It’s hard to be super-creative when you’re having loss-yardage plays, to be honest with you. But I thought we had some really good stuff for the game that we couldn’t use. But he’s entitled to whatever opinion he has about that.

“It’s our job to go out and show him that we have some stuff that maybe he’ll be impressed with.”

Actually, it’s the Cowboys’ job to show that to this week’s opponent, the Sunday night visitor New York Giants. After all, Aikman - still a “Cowboy for Life” despite his network job - wouldn’t exactly be stirring up controversy if he was to observe that the Cowboys managed to run only 64 plays, that they favored giving snaps to tight ends rather than flashier weaponry,  that they suffered six sacks and managed only 170 passing yards - all poor enough to render their sole elite weapon, Ezekiel Elliott, fairly meaningless.

“Certainly if an offense doesn’t put up a lot of points there’s going to be criticism towards how we played,” Linehan said. “We accept that and take on the challenge that we’re going to go out and play much better the next game.”

Linehan also accepted some blame for not meeting with the media after the game. He is not obligated to do so, of course - and while pointing that out he also said something about truly wanting to watch film so he knows what he’s talking about when he finally does meet with us.

But then I asked him if the real reason had more to do with him being miffed over having just scored eight points. And he conceded that.

So in the end, Troy Aikman and Stephen Jones and Scott Linehan actually all pretty much on the same dissatisfied page when it comes to scoring eight points in an NFL game.