Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan recently joined “J Dub City” on KESN-FM 103.3 (ESPN Dallas) last week to talk all things football. Here are some highlights:
Ever want to be an NFL head coach again?
Linehan: I’ve had that question a few times this past year, and certainly that’s the ultimate goal in coaching is to be a head coach. But, you know, 53 years old now … and I think it’s a real mistake not to embrace the job you have.
I have the best of 32 offensive coordinator jobs, in my opinion, at the Dallas Cowboys. So, focusing on that is really it, and do the best I can to be part of taking this team as far as we can take it would be really all I’m looking for in my profession right now.
How differently do you plan on using Ezekiel Elliott in your offense this year?
Linehan: Hopefully, we do some similar things that we did. We don’t feel that we need to change how we use him too much, but I think using him a little more in the passing game, maybe a little bit more on third down.
He’s a complete player, said that last year. He’s a guy that can stay on the field on every down. You got to be careful that you don’t overuse that, though. So, I think there’s a little checks and balances there so that by the end of the year he hasn’t taken an extreme amount of reps where he’s got a pretty heavy workload that starts to wear on him.
I think we had a pretty good number that we felt that he would play last year when it came to the amount of plays he’d play in a game, just maybe use him a little bit different sometimes.
On Zeke as a receiver…
Linehan: I don’t necessarily compare him to anybody. He’s…
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