FRISCO, TX (WLBT) - Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will not return next year, the team announced Friday.
Linehan has spent the last five seasons coaching with the Cowboys, the last four as offensive coordinator. His time in Dallas bridged the transition from Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
“This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett 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 of the parties involved if we were to make a change at this 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,” Garrett continued. "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 moving forward.”
Linehan was the subject of criticism as the Cowboys struggled out of the gate this year and Prescott, now in his third season as starting quarterback, barely averaging over 200 yards passing per game.
But the offense improved, aided by the midseason trade of wide receiver Amari Cooper. Dallas would go on to win the NFC East and defeat the Seattle Seahawks in a playoff game. Their season ended last weekend in the NFC Divisional round with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams.