FRISCO, Texas – Speaking Monday on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he expects offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to return in 2019.
“We don’t anticipate any significant changes on our staff,” Garrett said, adding that the team is still in evaluation mode less than two days after its divisional-round playoff loss to the L.A. Rams.
After a slow start and a 3-5 record at the halfway point, the Cowboys found a better offensive rhythm after trading for wide receiver Amari Cooper and promoting Marc Colombo to offensive line coach. The offense rose from 28th in total offense through eight games to 22nd by the end of the regular season.
The Cowboys finished 10-6 and reached the divisional round of the playoffs, losing to the Rams 30-22 last Saturday.
Linehan’s playcalling was the subject of outside scrutiny at points throughout the season, but Garrett has consistently backed his offensive coordinator. And the offense did make tangible strides since Cooper brought a big-play element to the passing game.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott (1,434 yards) won the league rushing title for the second time in three seasons. And quarterback Dak Prescott has shown consistent development in his first three years, throwing 22 touchdown passes to 8 interceptions with 6 rushing touchdowns this season.