The news for the Dallas Cowboys in the week leading up to the Super Bowl is about Scott Linehan possibly being hired to play some kind of role in the offense. The exact nature of his speculative job has not been laid out nor is it clear exactly what it means for Bill Callahan. The team has not come out and made any announcement about the supposed hire, but multiple reports are that he has already joined the staff. Here are some of the pertinent bulletins coming out on Twitter today.
Breaking: Source tells me #Cowboys hiring of Scott Linehan so close that he's at Valley Ranch right now @1053thefan— mike fisher (@fishsports) January 27, 2014
The #Cowboys are interviewing Scott Linehan today for a position on their offensive staff, per source.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2014
Scott Linehan has met with coaches through the day today. Sounds like it's a good bet he comes aboard with the Cowboys.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 27, 2014
Job offer to Scott Linehan is NOT a Jerry deal. This is HC's call. Garrett winning right to pick a #Cowboys lieutenant @1053thefan— mike fisher (@fishsports) January 27, 2014
The #Cowboys are going to hire former #Lions OC Scott Linehan on their staff to calls plays, per source.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2014
The #Cowboys were so sure they were going to hire Scott Linehan today that he took part in meetings. Basically joined the staff on the fly— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2014
One more thing on Scott Linehan -- He wasn't at Valley Ranch to interview today, so as much as he was to join the staff. Went right to work.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 28, 2014
Linehan took part in all the staff stuff at Valley Ranch all day. Was simply introduced by name to coaches ... No title, yet.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 28, 2014
There are reports out at NLF.com and at ESPN that the hire has happened, but they seem to be based on some of the tweets above.
There is also an indication that Callahan is going to still be working with the team.
If #Cowboys hire play-caller Scott Linehan today, expect OC Bill Callahan to stay. Why? I’m told Dallas won’t let him out of his contract— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2014
Predictably, many of the reactions to this are that it is further sign of the dysfunction of the Cowboys, but as was noted above, it can also be seen as Jason Garrett asserting some increased control over his own staff as he enters a make or break year as head coach. It doesn't look like 2014 is going to be a boring one for Dallas.