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Scott Linehan Fired As Cowboys Offensive Coordinator

January 18, 2019 - 12:23 pm

By Josh Clark and Jeff Burkett 

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys have fired Scott Linehan after five seasons as their offensive coordinator.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett released a statement Friday: 

"This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person," said Jason Garrett. "He and I had some really positive, substantive and open discussions which took place in the latter part of this week, and we ultimately agreed that it would be in the best interest of all parties involved if we were to make a change at this (offensive coordinator) position.

"This was very much a mutual decision, and there was a great deal of common ground and shared understanding between both of us during our meetings.

"Scott has had an incredibly positive impact on our football team. He has been instrumental in the development and success of a significant number our veterans and younger players. He is an outstanding football coach, a great friend and we wish his and his family nothing but the absolute best moving forward."

It's been a rollercoaster ride for Linehan this week as everyone from the head coach to the owner has been asked about his future with the team. 

In his final appearance on 105.3 The Fan this season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't want to get into specifics when discussing if Linehan would return next season. 

"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," Jones said Tuesday. 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 came 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. 

Linehan took the brunt of the criticism the last two seasons for failing to adapt his offense to the always-evolving NFL.