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For the first five weeks of this season , Scott Linehan was scapegoated by some for the offensive malaise the Dallas Cowboys were suffering. His play-calling was seen as unimaginative by some of the fanbase who claimed he was simply unable to get the team on track. But things looked radically different in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Any time an NFL team puts up 40 points on anyone it is significant, and when the defense in question is as highly ranked as the Jaguars were coming into that game, it is even more significant. We now have to see if things continue against Washington.All this year, there has been a serious question of just what the problem was on offense. Actually, it seemed to be a combination of things. Dak Prescott was not throwing the ball well, the receivers weren’t giving him as much help as it seemed they should, and the offensive line was still struggling a bit with trying to meld Connor Williams and Joe Looney into the mix, while Tyron Smith and La’el Collins were having their own struggles at tackle. That in turn made the running game not as effective at times as needed. All that led to the larger question of whether it was Linehan’s game plan and play selection, or the failure to execute by the players. Last Sunday seemed to tilt things toward the latter. So there is certainly an argument to be made for the condemnation of Linehan to have been a bit premature. Even though I kept asking about just where the problem really was, including the Brews and the Boys podcast following the disappointing loss to the Houston Texans, I was also starting to lose faith in Linehan. But now, I am back to believing that he is capable of finding a way to win with Prescott’s strengths and weaknesses, combined with the players around him. He certainly had all the answers the team needed last game. We still need to see that elusive consistency and a lot more competence on the road, but hammering Linehan just ignores the latest evidence we have. But that is my opinion. I threw the question out to my fellow writers here at BTB, and here are the responses I got.DannyPhantom: My opinion hasn’t changed about Linehan. I believed he was a good play caller and I still believe that. I’ve seen too many good things from him to suddenly start thinking the game has passed him up. The Cowboys have three seasons in franchise history with 13 wins and he’s a part of that. And that doesn’t even include his first year as the OC in 2014 where the Cowboys put up the second most points in franchise history (467). When I watch the film closely, I see a lot of clever things going on. There are many times where the defense goes the wrong way and that’s attributed to how Linehan uses the threat of Ezekiel Elliott in his game plan. From motioning to bootlegs, from fake pitches to reverses - he’s got them all turned around. These things have led to very successful plays for the Cowboys offense when the plays are executed correctly. And that’s what it really comes down to - execution . . . not the lack of creativity from Linehan. When it works, people love him, when it doesn’t - people want him fired. That doesn’t seem like a Linehan problem to me. Don’t get me wrong, there are always things that can improve and the coaching staff will be the first to tell you that, but when you see them calm and collective with no panic in their face Randy White Jersey , don’t interpret that as them being clueless and reluctant to change. Instead, recognize that as a measure of the belief they have in themselves and what this offense can do. The Cowboys always seem to have some position group that requires more time before it gets rolling. Last year, it was their secondary with all the new guys. This season, it’s both the wide receivers and tight ends. There is going to be a learning curve with these new changes and that’s a lot to put on the offense. So while it will be tough at times, it still feels good to see what this group is capable of doing. With Linehan, it’s there and it’s always been there.Dave Halprin: I’ve been pretty vocal in my beliefs that the Cowboys poor offensive showing has been roughly 75% on the players not executing and 25% on Jason Garrett/Scott Linehan. I would like to see the Cowboys use more rub routes at the point of release, and crossing routes that end up as natural pick plays, but that just doesn’t seem to be in Linehan’s plans. Using Prescott’s legs more would also be a good thing, some more read-options or draws. But as I’ve watched the film week after week, it’s pretty obvious plays are there to be had, the Cowboys players are just failing to execute. The majority of that falls on the shoulders of Dak Prescott. It almost always falls on the QB. He has to be more accurate which means better mechanics which means not being so jumpy and anxious in the pocket. He also needs to get past his tendency to lock on one side of the field, something he was better at in the Jaguars game when he scanned the field much better. The offensive line also needs to tighten up, something they seem to be doing as it looks like they are playing a little better as the season rolls on. Linehan can be better, but he’s certainly not the overriding problem. It’s on the players, and much of that is on Prescott. When he plays better, the offense can flow, and they can put up a 40-burger on a tough defense.One Cool Customer: I think people get caught up in semantics too much, and confuse creativity with effectiveness. As my fellow writers point out, Linehan’s offense was perfectly fine in 2016, and nobody at that time was complaining about a lack of creativity. But now that the offense is struggling to be effective, suddenly the narrative is all about the lack of creativity.Then again Chuck Howley Color Rush Jersey , when the offense got going against the Jaguars, it didn’t take long for Tony Romo to marvel at the creativity of Linehan’s offense, when in fact the offense hadn’t changed, it was just working more effectively.The Cowboys’ option offense doesn’t have a lot of complex schemes. But when those schemes are executed properly, the offense can be highly effective. It doesn’t often look like many of the Arena Football-type offenses currently en vogue, but executed properly, this offense can be nearly unstoppable.It’s on Linehan to ensure that his offense works effectively and the players execute properly, so we can’t simply say it’s all on the players, but there’s no reason to doubt that Linehan’s scheme can work. And as far as predictability and lack of creativeness goes, the Cowboys in the 90s were one of the most predictable and least creative offenses. Didn’t stop them from winning.Michael Sisemore: I’m not going to ding Scott Linehan for creativity but the troubling thing about he and Jason Garrett to an extent is the stubbornness. I’m not sure that these guys always have a grasp on their personnel and it’s not all just poor execution from the players themselves. With these receivers especially, the coaches have often called plays that rely on these receivers to win their matchups and that’s not conducive to the talent on the roster. At best, none of these receivers are more than complementary players. They may have fixed a few things with the Jaguars by using Cole Beasley all over the field but it’s also a product of how preoccupied the Jaguars were with stopping the running game.So there you have our takes. Let us know what you think in the comments - politely, of course. The Dallas Cowboys are still alive in the NFL playoffs. And that is confounding a lot of people. It is not just that there are a lot of people who just hate on the ‘Boys, or Jerry Jones, or Jason Garrett. It is that the win just didn’t fall in line with so many expectations. And not just in the fact that they got to the next round. The way they did it flies in the face of much of the “conventional wisdom” about Dallas. And it really extends back to how they got into the playoffs in the first place. For fans of the team who are reveling in having a divisional round game against the Los Angeles Rams, it is really rather fun to look at some of the myths, memes, and media pronouncements that are being assaulted. So sit back and enjoy while we go into some of these.A lot of people just couldn’t see them winning in the first roundOur umbrella network, SBNation, has been doing a series of polls this season, and it was pretty obvious that not many who participated gave the Cowboys much chance at all against the Seattle Seahawks.Seattle was just seen as a better team that was also hot at the end of the season , winning six of their last seven games. And they simply owned Dallas in recent years, having won four of the last five matchups prior to Saturday and the last three in a row, including the 24-13 win at home back in week 3 of the regular season. But for a variety of reasons (some of which we will gleefully look at later), the Cowboys defeated them in a win that was not really as close as the final score indicated.Admittedly, the pros in Vegas saw what was coming, having Dallas as an exactly right two-point favorite going into the game. But for many analysts, the Seahawks were the pick, including all six of the people on the SBNation panel predicting the outcome of the round. The Cowboys have a head coach that just doesn’t win the big gamesJason Garrett does not have a great reputation among many (although he is widely respected within the league). He has been called at various times a Jerry Jones puppet, too conservative, and there is of course the widely-known meme of just being a guy who claps on the sidelines. And he was going up against the much more respected Pete Carroll (forget that refusal to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LXIX). But that didn’t happen when they went head to head in AT&T Stadium. Despite the obvious failure of the plan to use the run to bludgeon the Cowboys, Carroll refused to get away from it until it was too late. One reason for Garrett’s poor rep is that it overlooks what the real job of the head coach is, which is building his roster, creating a culture, and getting them prepared for the challenge week in and week out. That was fully on display in the 7-1 run that got them the NFC East crown, and the wild-card win was just an extension of that. Even his controversial decision to play Dak Prescott for the entire game against the New York Giants when they were locked into the fourth seed seems to have been important in having the team ready for Seattle. Garrett is very good at what he does, and as close to a perfect fit for the unique organization under Jerry Jones as exists.Dak is just not a true franchise QBAs a fourth-round draft pick, Prescott has had to overcome a lot of low expectations. And he had one of his finest games in the latest win, including a truly signature play. Some people are belatedly beginning to realize what his team has. He is just a winner.The Cowboys’ offense is just not capable of putting up points and yards the way the elite teams doWell, all they did last weekend was score the most points of any team. And put up the second-most yards. Part of that may have been the presence of two of the best defenses in the league (Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears) in other games, and Dallas is also a top-ten defense statistically, but the fact remains that the Cowboys had one of the strongest performances of the teams in the round. And at least for the past couple of weeks Tony Romo Jersey , they even seem to have solved their red zone woes. Punching it in three times inside the 20, including two times with a goal-to-go from the one, is something we haven’t seen all season (except for that “meaningless” season finale). If they can continue to do those kinds of things, they could have a real shot against the Rams. And the hated Philadelphia Eagles may have done them a huge favor in that regard, given how the Cowboys focus on the run game to make things work.Ezekiel Elliott may need two spoons again to do all the eating.Scott Linehan has to goLet me caution you: Throwing things doesn’t gain anything. Keep that in mind before reading further.I have been railing against the offensive coordinator all season. But his game plan and play calls certainly were good enough. More importantly, he got a not insignificant vote of confidence.Unlike his father Jerry, Stephen Jones tends to be pretty direct with what he says. And like Jerry, he is elbow-deep in the day-to-day operations of the team. If he is saying that, it likely comes from a pretty good understanding of what Linehan did to prepare for the game and how he conducted things during it. We all knew that Jason Garrett needed the win to help ensure his future with the team. As much as it may rankle and rile you, Linehan may have taken some major strides in being back for another go.AT&T Stadium has no real home field advantage for the CowboysThis is one that has shown a significant change all season, with Dallas now 8-1 in their own house. And multiple reports had it being exceptionally raucous during the wild-card game.Now, we don’t want to be counting them chickens while they are still in the shell, but there is now a very real (if somewhat slim) chance that the NFC Championship game could be in Arlington. That will require Dallas to take care of business in LA (where there are always a BUNCH of Cowboys fans in attendance) and the Eagles to get another win. That latter thing always inspires mixed emotions for us, because, Eagles, but just imagine the atmosphere if it does happen.So a lot of preconceived notions about the Cowboys have taken a huge hit, and I could go on. But these five paint the picture. America’s Team is confounding fans and media types alike. It reflects that the team that walked off the field with the dub last weekend is not the same one that started the season. Now the Cowboys have opened as a seven point dog for the Rams game. But they were clearly underestimated by many, even most, going into last Saturday. Now they just have to show everyone again that this is a team you sleep on at your peril.
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