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Sep 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talks with head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Linehan

Currently – offensive coordinator Dallas Cowboys

Is it time for Linehan to return to the head coaching ranks? His lone trip to the sideline as the head man was in 2006 when he coached the Rams until 2008. His record, 11-25 was good enough to get him fired after an 0-4 start in 2008. In his two full seasons he took the Rams to an 8-8 season, his best.

Linehan is a very good offensive coach. He took over the OC position with the Cowboys this year and while the team has underperformed it can be attributed to the early loss of Tony Romo for almost the entire season and the early loss of Dez Bryant didn’t help. Adding to the mess in Dallas was the salary cap issues that forced the team to move on from productive running back DeMarco Murray.

Dallas has been a mess this year but it’s hard to pin it on Linehan. Linehan is an outside candidate for a head coaching job and it’s more likely that he moves on to another team after the season as an offensive coach. He may not ever get the chance to be a head coach again.

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