Some criticism for the Cowboys’ ineptitude on that side of the ball has landed on its coordinator, Scott Linehan. Wide receiver Allen Hurns made waves on Wednesday when comments about Dak Prescott’s second interception in Houston surfaced, Hurns called it the worst play-call you can make against that kind of coverage.
Scott Linehan has, as mentioned, been a target of plenty of discussions, and at some point someone is going to have to answer for the offense’s inability to do anything. According to Albert Breer from the MMQB one Cowboys player believes Scott Linehan could lose the room.
When asked about whether Linehan’s losing the room on Wednesday, one player texted, “not yet, but he better tighten up.”
Stephen Jones was also mentioned in Breer’s piece and is firmly on the record that the man above Scott Linehan, Jason Garrett, isn’t in any kind of hot water for now. This comment comes just days after Garrett’s much-debated decision to punt on 4th and 1 from the Houston 42-yard line in overtime last week.
Let’s start there—are Garrett and his staff coaching for their jobs?
“No,” Cowboys COO Stephen Jones answered late Wednesday afternoon, over his cell phone. “I think we’re all coaching to win football games, we’re all managing to win football games, we’re all playing to win football games. We’re not worried about jobs right now.”
There are plenty of people who are already fixing their eyes on potential replacements for Garrett, Linehan, and whoever else. While various names have been discussed in casual conversations one fan favorite was mentioned by Breer himself as someone who the league feels the Cowboys could legitimately pursue... Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.
As we said it earlier, it’s a tough time to be considered old school—which is how Linehan is seen—given the Doug Pedersons and Sean McVays of the league. It’s also probably part of why there’s been buzz in league circles indicating that the Joneses may eventually set their sights on Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, who is, by the way, a native of West Texas.
The Cowboys are only 2-3, but they feel so much worse than that record. With a big game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday they’re going to have to do a lot or else these sort of external conversations are going to continue to happen.