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Cowboys Add Scott Linehan To Coaching Staff

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Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.

The Dallas Cowboys are never short on drama, and the hiring of former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is sure to add plenty more.

Bill Callahan is still officially the offensive coordinator for Dallas — well, at least in title. However, Linehan is expected to call the plays for the team in 2014, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Linehan has had more success than Callahan calling the shots on offense over the course of their respective careers, and Linehan’s hiring would make him the team’s third play-caller over the last three seasons. He was able to creatively gameplan to get Calvin Johnson open even with all the frequent double-teams that he faced, and he could potentially work wonders for Dez Bryant’s game.

Callahan would reportedly be “annoyed” with Linehan’s addition, and it’s likely to cause some friction for a coaching staff that can’t afford any distractions. For a team attempting to break out of their playoff drought, this is a risky move.

Garrett and Linehan previously worked together while with the Miami Dolphins, so that familiarity should make the transition relatively smooth. However, whether Callahan and Linehan are able to coexist remains to be seen.

"Those guys are under contract, and we feel good about that," Garrett said last week. "We're always going to try to do things that are in the best interest of our football team, so we'll keep looking at how we can be better as a staff and what roles everybody is in and what we're asking them to do."