Scott Linehan Biography, Age, Wife, Brother, Salary, Cowboys, NFL

Scott Linehan Biography

Scott Linehan (Scott Thomas Linehan) is an American football coach. He served as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams and the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions. Before becoming an NFL coach in 2002, Linehan was a college assistant coach for 13 seasons.

Linehan was a three-year starter at quarterback at Sunnyside High School, where his father was principal. He graduated from high school in 1982 and accepted a scholarship to play college football at the University of Idaho in Moscow, about two hundred miles (320 km) to the east.

Linehan was a member of Dennis Erickson’s first recruiting class as a collegiate head coach. His brothers, Ron and Rick, had played at Idaho in the 1970s, and were team leaders on defense.

Scott Linehan Coaching

Linehan began his coaching career in 1987 as a volunteer coach at Sunset High School in Portland. His college coaching career began in 1989 as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater under first-year head coach John L. Smith.

After two seasons in Moscow, Linehan coached a year at UNLV, two at Idaho again as coordinator, five at Washington in Seattle under Jim Lambright, and three at Louisville under Smith.

Scott Linehan NFL

Linehan took his first NFL job as the offensive coordinator/ wide receivers coach with the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. He also served in a similar capacity with Dolphines in 2005 under Nick Saban, became St. Louis Rams on January 18, 2006. He became the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions in 23 January 2009 and fired in December 2013.

Scott Linehan Cowboys

On January 27, 2014, Linehan was hired by the Dallas Cowboys to call plays for the offense, and was later given the title of passing game coordinator. Incumbent offensive coordinator and play caller Bill Callahan remained on staff, but relinquinshed play calling duties and was given the new title of running game coordinator.

Scott Linehan serves as the de facto offensive coordinator by leading offensive meetings and calling plays during games. Upon Callahan’s departure at the end of the season, Linehan was formally promoted to offensive coordinator.

Linehan had previously worked with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett when they served as assistants on the staff of Nick Saban’s Miami Dolphins in 2005. On January 18, 2019, Linehan parted ways with the Dallas Cowboys.


He was born on September 17, 1963 in Sunnyside, Washington, United States. He is 55 years old as of 2018.


Linehan was born and raised in Sunnyside, Washington. He is the son of Margaret Linehan and William Linehan. His father was the high school principal in Sunnyside, after serving in World War II with the U.S. Army in the Pacific.

He has three brothers and three sisters. Both parents and a sister attended the University of Idaho, so did brothers, Ron and Rick, who also played football at Idaho.

His brother Ron (1950–2005) was a three-time All-Big Sky linebacker (1969–71) and was selected in the 1972 NFL Draft; he was a high school coach in the Portland area until his death at age 55. His other brother Rick had ten career interceptions as a Vandal defensive back (1976–78).

Linehan Wife

Scott wife is called Kristen Linehan, and the couple are blessed with three sons namely Matthew, Michael, and Marcus. His son Matthew plays quarterback for the Salt Lake Stallions and Michael is playing linebacker for the University of North Texas.

His wife, Kristen, is the sister-in-law of actor Jim Caviezel; she and Caviezel’s wife, Kerri, are sisters.


According to a source, Linehan’s last deal (three-year) was worth $2.1 million annually and Rod Marinelli three-year deal was worth $2 million on average.

Scott Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Linehan has served:

  • Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys (2014–present)
  • Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions (2009–2013)
  • Nick Saban, Miami Dolphins (2005)
  • Mike Tice, Minnesota Vikings (2002–2004)

College head coaches under whom Linehan served:

  • John L. Smith, Louisville (1999–2001)
  • Jim Lambright, Washington (1994–1998)
  • John L Smith, Idaho (1992–1993)
  • Jim Strong, UNLV (1991)
  • John L Smith, Idaho (1989–1990)

College head coaches under whom Linehan played:

  • Keith Gilbertson, Idaho (1986)
  • Dennis Erickson, Idaho (1982–1985)

Scott Linehan News

Cowboys part ways with fourth-year OC Scott Linehan

The Cowboys announced Friday 18th January 2019 they have parted ways with Scott Linehan the longtime NFL offensive coordinator after five seasons. In a statement, Garret reveled that the decision was mutual. He noted that Scott made a positive impart on the team and highly contributed towards the success of the team.