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January 28, 2014

Jimmy Johnson doesn't see how the Cowboys' hiring of the pass-happy Scott Linehan helps run game

Don't put former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson down as a fan of the Cowboys' expected decision to add Scott Linehan as passing game coordinator and play caller.
Johnson said Linehan's history as a pass happy play caller does nothing to help a Cowboys team that already has a problem with a lack of commitment to the run. The Cowboys finished 31st in the league in rushing attempts last season one year after setting a team record for fewest attempts in a season.
"The only thing that concerns me is Linehan is not known for being a guy that’s going to run the football," Johnson said at Super Bowl media day Tuesday. "That’s kind of been a little bit of a problem with the Cowboys in the past that they’ve got a great running back in DeMarco Murray and, I mean, I don’t know. Are they going to run the ball more or less? Who can tell? We’ll only know a year from now. But it does concern you a little bit."
 The Cowboys are in the process of adding Linehan, the former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator as passing game coordinator and play caller. He has been at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters the past two days participating in meetings. The team has yet to make an official announcement.
Linehan would be the third play caller in as many years for the Cowboys after offensive coordinator Bill Callahan replaced head coach Jason Garrett last season. Garrett had been callling plays since he took over as head coach in 2010.
"How many play callers can a team have?
"I guess we’re going to find out. That’s a lot of cooks, right," Johnson said. "I really don’t know (Linehan) that well. The only concern I would have is that one of the problems with the cowboys is at times they have abandoned the run with DeMarco Murray and I don’t recall Detroit being a power running football team. Hey, I don’t know. The only people who know are the ones who are there and even they don’t know and won’t find out until next season."

 Clarence Hill



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