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Mailbag: What Can Linehan Improve For The Offense?



Yards don't win games. So with Dallas' offense being mediocre in terms of yardage, but top 10 in the league in points per game, why do you suppose a change was made at offensive coordinator?

Rowan: Because you saw the amount of times this offense stalled or went three and out. A lot of the points had to do with field position, defensive scores and takeaways. Turnovers are what the defense did best. The offense didn't move the ball as well as it should.

David: Though you're right the offense scored a lot of points, things only seemed to "click" in a handful of games. The running game disappeared when it was needed, as plenty of people have pointed out. The downfield passing game was non-existent -- at least by the standards we've come to expect from Tony Romo and Co. It was a serviceable offense, but serviceable doesn't seem good enough when you consider these same players have produced some of the best offenses in the league in the past four or so seasons.


If things don't go as planned with Jason Garrett and the Cowboys this year, could you see Jerry Jones making a run at Jim Harbaugh as the next Cowboys coach

Rowan:I highly doubt they'd trade for a coach. I think a lot of people would be on the table, but I don't think it'll be [embedded_ad] Harbaugh. I expect it would be a coach out of a contract and could be one from the college ranks, or the Cowboys could promote from within.

David: Even if he doesn't reach a deal with San Francisco, Harbaugh's contract carries him through the 2015 season. That means the Cowboys would have to give up something in a trade for such a hot commodity. Tampa Bay gave up back-to-back first round draft picks, two second round picks and $8 million to acquire Jon Gruden from Oakland back in 2002. The Buccaneers could afford that because they were already a Super Bowl contender with a strong core of players in place -- from 1999 to 2001 they went the playoffs three straight times, including an NFC title game appearance. Could the Cowboys afford to give up so much for a coach? I doubt it.

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