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 Photo
Scott Linehan NFL
Scott Linehan took his first NFL job as the offensive coordinator/ wide receivers coach with the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. After three seasons in Minneapolis, he served in a similar capacity with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 under Nick Saban, then was hired as head coach by the St. Louis Rams on January 19, 2006. He was later fired, tallying an 11–25 record in his 36 games as head coach.
On January 23, 2009, Linehan was announced as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, by new head coach Jim Schwartz. On December 30, 2013, he was relieved of his duties as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator following the firing of Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
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.
Scott Linehan Age
He was born on September 17, 1963 in Sunnyside, Washington, United States. He is 55 years old as of 2018.
Scott Linehan Family
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).
Scott Linehan Wife
He is married to Kristen Linehan and together they have three sons: 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.
Scott Linehan Salary
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 Linehan 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.
“This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott Linehan as a football coach and as a person,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said in a statement. “He and I had some really positive, substantive and open discussions which took place in the latter part of this week, and we ultimately agreed that it would be in the best interest of all of the parties involved if we were to make a change at this (offensive coordinator) position.
“This was very much a mutual decision, and there was a great deal of common ground and shared understanding between both of us during our meetings. Scott has had an incredibly positive impact on our football team. He has been instrumental in the development and success of a significant number of our veteran and younger players. He is an outstanding football coach, a great friend and we wish him and his family nothing but the absolute best moving forward.”
The move is a 180 from just four days ago when Garrett told 105.3 The Fan that he expected Linehan to return for another season.
“We don’t anticipate any significant changes to our staff,” Garrett said then.
Few would argue some weren’t needed in Dallas, despite an NFC East title and playoff victory against the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys’ offensive output last week against the Los Angeles Rams– 308 total yards, including just 47 rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott, and 1 for 10 on third downs — was merely the latest cause for concern.
Dallas finished 22nd in total yards and scoring in 2018, continuing an alarming downward turn from a unit that was 14th in both categories in 2017 and fifth in 2016.
The well-traveled Linehan, who first worked alongside Garrett in 2005 with the Dolphins, arrived in Dallas in 2014 and was tasked to call plays despite the presence of incumbent offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. The Cowboys vaulted into the top five in scoring offense and Tony Romo made his only All-Pro team, earning Linehan the official title of OC. His final two years, however, were marked by inconsistency in both the running and passing game.
The question now is whether Garrett, who’s own job security is a constant talking point, will assume play-calling duties himself moving forward. Hard decisions will also need to be made involving the Cowboys’ new version of the “Triplets” — Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper — as their rookie contracts expire.