Cowboys add another play-caller to the mix

Cowboys hire Linehan to call plays: Never being a group to shy away from out-of-the-box ideas, the Dallas Cowboys have hired former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to call plays. But there’s a twist — the Cowboys are also retaining Bill Callahan to be the team’s offensive coordinator. Linehan spent the past five seasons leading the Lions’ offense and turned them into a top 10 outfit over the past three campaigns. While life in Detroit has centered on the passing game, Linehan has had some success running the football in the past. In 2002-03, his Minnesota Vikings were in the top five in rushing yards. The biggest issue could be a divergence of opinion among the team’s braintrust in how to operate the offense. Don’t look for it to have a drastic effect on Tony Romo or Dez Bryant. But it will be interesting to see how the team uses a player like DeMarco Murray going forward.

Big potential for Pitta?: Now that Gary Kubiak is the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, he has been quick to express his desire to get tight end Dennis Pitta more involved in the offense. Pitta had been an emerging option in Baltimore’s offense before a hip injury put him on the shelf for the bulk of the 2013 season. Upon his return, the tight end immediately went to work and reminded everyone why he can be a quality option at the position next year. He’s likely to be undervalued but could be a later-round steal in many drafts.

More work for Dobson?: In a season when the Patriots struggled at times to find consistent pass-catching options, there is hope that Aaron Dobson can step up and be a playmaker next season. Midway through the season, he started to assert himself a little more in the offense. With the chance that Danny Amendola could be a salary cap casualty and Julian Edelman facing free agency, there might be an opportunity for Dobson to be a more regular option for Tom Brady.

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