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Will Cowboys OC Scott Linehan Be Back in 2018? He’s Not Worried About It

Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been bearing the brunt of the blame of the team’s struggling and seemingly predictable attack for much of the season, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

It became been even more acute following the 21-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks when running back Ezekiel Elliott didn’t get a touch after having first and goal at the 3 in the fourth quarter.

While owner Jerry Jones has been unwavering in his support of coach Jason Garrett returning in 2018 in the days leading up to Sunday’s season final with the Cowboys firmly out of the playoff, he wasn’t as committed to the return of his coordinators.

Jones also second-guessed the goal-line play calls against the Seahawks.

The criticism went to another level on Wednesday when receiver Dez Bryant cited Linehan’s limiting schemes as a reason for his decline in production and lack of chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott that has typified disappointing passing attack.

Linehan says he doesn’t hear the criticism and doesn’t feel any extra pressure regarding his job security.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Linehan said Thursday. “It’s part of the gig. If you spend time listening to whatever you call it, criticism or whatever, then you’re not focusing on the right things. We stay in a pretty tight, close-knit group and we focus on our team and what we got to do to win football games and do it the best way we can.

“We’re not focused on what people think or how they think we should do it. That’s really our approach. That’s been my approach.”

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