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Old 01-28-2014, 02:23 PM    (permalink
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Figured we should start one to get to know the guy. If you find something, please share it! :)
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Hopefully it means we return to what made Garrett sooooo successfully early on with Dallas (play action passing).

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The way that Linehan likes to describe his play-calling philosophy is “aggressively taking what the defense gives him.” He employs a similar Coryell Offense attack to Jason Garrett’s, so the style is a good fit. Linehan’s scheme is a more protection-based, quarterback friendly one employing greater play-action than the Cowboys used last season. Linehan’s offense also gives quarterback Tony Romo freedom to call audibles when he sees the defensive alignment, or Romo can go no-huddle to mess up the defense’s timing.

While we saw mixed results last year when Romo optioned out of calls, most notoriously during the Green Bay Packers game where Romo threw the eventual game losing interception, it looks like Garrett is sticking to his guns in empowering Tony Romo to be the on-field general. Linehan’s offense is structured around power running up the middle with big wide receivers who can win jump balls. When Linehan was just taking over the reins of the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator position in 2009, he described his offense in an interview with NFL.com.

“We want an offense that people fear. One people know that attacks. One where they know they can never be comfortable for one play.” He continued, “Put something on the field that says those guys on every play give you intensity and fire. And when you do that, a group of individuals becomes a team. And that comes with players who like to give their all.”

With the hiring of Scott Linehan, I believe Jason Garrett is getting a similar Coryell Offensive style coordinator who will implement a system which Tony Romo is very familiar with, while also continuing to give Romo on-field flexibility to lead the offense. I also believe that with Linehan, the Cowboys are signaling that they want a more balanced, run-first style attack. If this is the case, the move to Scott Linehan will be a welcomed change for most Cowboys fans and should provide a dynamic runner like DeMarco Murray more opportunities to succeed.
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Comments he made on the combine on the type of player he looks for.

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A system-specific way to acquire players and build the Lions.

Another huge step takes place next week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"It is football in shorts," Linehan said. "You are looking for people that jump out. You are looking for something to catch your eye. You get 60 players you can request to interview, and there you get an important feel for the player. It's personality and profile. But it can be that five minutes in the lobby where you just get that look in a player's eye. And you know he can be an important piece for you.

"We are building a profile here of what each player at each position should be. A big mistake is taking a player and trying to make him fit it. If he doesn't fit, he doesn't fit. If he's an issue, you're drafting an issue. Jim says it well -- he asks does a player have a 'terminal' weakness? Well, most of the time, if so, that is always going to be there."

Linehan likes to pay attention to the combine's three-cone agility drills, which indicate players' shiftiness and change of direction. Speed is critical, and strength is paramount, but Linehan knows what the Lions need are sometimes intangibles in a player that are not obviously measured.
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Hopefully it means we return to what made Garrett sooooo successfully early on with Dallas (play action passing).
I love the talk about running the ball more. I expect us to draft a RB. Murray is nice, but hasn't shown to be durable. Dunbar and Randle are nice complimentary backs but neither can shoulder the load.

I'm hoping for BC's Andre Williams personally.
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Urban was then working at Notre Dame with Lou Holtz, but had higher aspirations. He wanted to be a head coach one day and spent most of his time taking notes and planning to be a head coach. This habit started back at Ohio State when he was a graduate assistant with Earle Bruce and continues till today.

That's when the idea of the Spread Option offense was born.

Urban, then the special teams coach at Notre Dame, and his friend Dan Mullen, a graduate assistant at the time, decided to travel the country, take notes, and find a way to get the ball to their playmakers.

They spent the previous spring with the offensive coordinator for John L. Smith, Scott Linehan, who in Louisville, was blowing the doors off defenses with their spread formation offense. The former quarterback from Idaho, working under Dennis Erickson at Idaho, was the genius behind this new powerful spread attack and was excited to share his ideas with Meyer and Mullen.
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http://cover32.com/cowboys/2014/01/2...scott-linehan/

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The way that Linehan likes to describe his play-calling philosophy is “aggressively taking what the defense gives him.” He employs a similar Coryell Offense attack to Jason Garrett’s, so the style is a good fit. Linehan’s scheme is a more protection-based, quarterback friendly one employing greater play-action than the Cowboys used last season. Linehan’s offense also gives quarterback Tony Romo freedom to call audibles when he sees the defensive alignment, or Romo can go no-huddle to mess up the defense’s timing.

“We want an offense that people fear. One people know that attacks. One where they know they can never be comfortable for one play.” He continued, “Put something on the field that says those guys on every play give you intensity and fire. And when you do that, a group of individuals becomes a team. And that comes with players who like to give their all.”
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