Green Bay Packers: Ranking Mike McCarthy’s potential replacements
3. Scott Linehan: The Washington native has found his groove this season with a rookie quarterback behind center in fourth-round pick Dak Prescott.
The Mississippi State product credited Linehan with helping him adjust to the NFL by allowing him to play his game.
In all fairness, Dallas’ on-field personnel could make just about any coach look good considering a dominant offensive line that paves the way for an unstoppable ground attack.
Consistently establishing the run is the secret sauce that enables the Cowboys to dictate the pace of games, take time off the clock and keep defenses guessing with the mobile Prescott who is always a threat to tuck the ball in and use his legs to advance the pigskin.
Linehan’s biggest strength is his ability to forge a true partnership with his quarterbacks and letting them have a say in carrying out the weekly game plan. Upon arriving in Big D two years ago, he immediately built a level of trust with Tony Romo that had been nonexistent with the prior coordinator, Bill Callahan.
There’s little doubt that Linehan would indeed be the perfect coach for a quarterback of Rodgers’ stature and experience.
The one overriding concern with the NFC-East-based coordinator is the fact that he can be too much of a nice guy—a character trait that some outspoken veterans could potantially take advantage of during a losing streak.
Long-time supporters of the Rams will certainly recall Torry Holt and Steven Jackson publicly bickering with their coach on the sidelines during the last days of a legendary team known to many as The Greatest Show on Turf before they totally disbanded. Probability: 25 percent