FRISCO, Texas – After almost a week of speculation, the cowboys called their call.
On Friday, the team announced that they had cut off ways with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan who came in a headline statement Jason Garrett. Garrett said in the statement that the decision was mutual.
"This was not an easy decision because of how much we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person. He and I had some really positive, substantive and open discussions that took place in the last part of this week. and we agreed that it would be in the interest of all parties involved to change this position, "Garrett said. "It was very a joint decision and there was a lot of common 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 veterans and younger players. He is an excellent football coach, a good friend and we wish him and his family nothing but the absolute best forward. "
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The fight was enough to spark a four-storm earlier in the week when Garrett and other cowboys officials were asked intensively about whether to make a change on the spot.
This debate was mapped on Tuesday morning by the team owner / general manager Jerry Jones, who emphasized that he intended to keep all his options open when he was weighing up whether or not to change his coaching staff. .
"Why should I make a kind of statement that says What should we do when we may have the opportunity next week? That is the time when these things are thought about," Jones said. "This is the time they chew on. This is where you might see an opportunity that you didn't know existed this week in staff or in the coaching area."
It turns out it didn't take Jones a whole week to make that decision.
This conversation is not a new subplot. Returning to the early stages of the season, the crime's performance has been a hot topic, and Garrett was asked several times if he was satisfied with the performance of his offense.
After a loss of 24-13 in Seattle on September 23, Garrett was asked if he intended to take toy calls to help an offense which averaged only 13.6 points per day. Game.  "We're not going down that road right now," Garrett said at the time. "I have great confidence in Scott Linehan. He has been an excellent coordinator in this league for a long time. He has been an excellent coordinator for us."
There is some validity to be fair. Since Linehan arrived in 2014 as Cowboys & # 39; passing game coordinator, he watched some impressive offenses. Cowboys finished No. 7 in total offense during the 2014 season, and they were fifth in both offense and scoring in 2016.
However, the past two years have seen a marked decline. Cowboys finished 14th in offensive and scored in 2017, and both of these numbers fell this following season.
In fact, Cowboys' final figure of 339 points this season is their second lowest in 13 years – with the lowest being 2015, when Tony Romo missed most of the season with bone injuries.
No similar rent has been announced, but it will be interesting to see what this means for the cowboys forward. Prescott enters his fourth year of his rookie contract and is generally expected to receive a contract extension at some point in the future. It is a logical guess that the next offensive coordinator is expected to develop a strong report with Prescott, who has worked with Linehan for his entire professional career.
It will undoubtedly unfold in the coming weeks. Cowboys front office will spend time at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Next week along with the vast majority of the NFL coaching world. Their coaching staff also works in the next week's Pro Bowl, which is another hotbed for the NFL network.
There is also the opportunity that cowboys promote within – a strategy they have favored in recent years.
It is too early to say how to go about filling the void. But after weighing their options, the cowboys chose change.