Scott Linehan went from seemingly safe to out of work in the span of three days.
Welcome to Jerry Jones’ world, where his head coach, Jason Garrett, says he isn’t expecting any major changes to his staff, and then loses his offensive coordinator later in the week.
“This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person,” Garrett said in a statement. “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 of our veteran and younger players. He is an outstanding football coach, a great friend and we wish him and his family nothing but the absolute best going forward.”
Linehan, 55, had been the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator since 2015. But Dallas, despite winning the NFC East and a playoff game, finished 22nd in the NFL this season in total yards of offense (343.8 yards per game) and 22nd in points per game (20.1). The NFL Network reported the Cowboys had been meeting with offensive coordinator candidates in recent days, splashing cold water on the mutual decision idea Garrett floated.
It didn’t take long for Linehan’s former charges to weigh in, with ex-Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant tweeting out the popular Kermit-sipping-tea meme and then retweeted current Dallas wideout Allan Hurns’ not-so-vague posting of “Count those blessings daily ??”