On Friday Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett fired offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The move comes just a few days after saying there would be no coaching changes before the 2019 season.
A change on the offensive side of the ball shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, the Cowboys finished the season ranked 22nd in the NFL in total offense. What is surprising is that according to sources the decision was Garrett’s alone.
“This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person,” Garrett said. “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 (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 moving forward.”
Better late than never. They needed to make a change after they wasted their defense’s good season.