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Scott Linehan

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
17 120-140-0 46.15% 3-5 37.50%

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Scott Linehan is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) working as the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. He held this position since 2015. Prior to this role, he started with the Cowboys as the team's passing game coordinator in 2014. During his career he was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2006 until the 2008 season. The Rams went 13-35-0 during their three seasons with Linehan as head coach. As the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys he coached multiple players to award-winning seasons: Matthew Stafford, Comeback Player of the Year in 2011; Dak Prescott, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Playing Career

Scott Linehan played quarterback at the University of Idaho from 1982-1986 under head coach Dennis Erickson. During his time with Idaho, the team won the Big Sky Championship in 1985 and earned a playoff berth three straight seasons (1984-1986). After his college career, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. However, Linehan sustained a shoulder injury in training camp and never made the roster.

Coaching Career

College Career

University of Idaho

In 1989, Linehan began his coaching career at his alma mater as the Vandals' wide receiver coach. During his first coaching stint with Idaho the university made it to the Division 1-AA playoffs both seasons Linehan was on the sideline, winning the Big Sky Conference in 1989.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

After two seasons in Idaho, Linehan was hired as the quarterbacks coach for UNLV for the 1991 season. His stay in Las Vegas was short. After a single losing season, he departed from the football program and returned to Idaho.

University of Idaho, Second Time

After a single season away from Idaho, Linehan returned to the Vandals in 1992 as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After two more seasons in Idaho, the Rebels won the Big Sky Conference championship in 1992 and made the playoffs in both 1992 and 1993. Behind Linehan's coaching in 1993 the Vandals led the nation in both scoring and total offense.

Washington State University

In 1994, Linehan jumped to the highest level of college football when he was hired by the Washington State Cougars as their new wide receivers coach. After two seasons in that role, Linehan was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1996 while he kept his position as receivers coach. After an additional two seasons, he swapped his receivers coach position for quarterbacks coach while retaining the offensive coordinator position for the 1998 season. During his five seasons with the Cougars, the team made four bowl games and won the Pac-10 in 1995 for his third conference championship of his coaching career.

Louisville Cardinals

In 1999 Linehan moved east for his next coaching position at Louisville as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Between 1999 and 2001, a Louisville quarterback won the Conference-USA Player of the Year award each season. In addition to the Player of the Year awards, Louisville because the first Conference-USA team to ever win back-to-back conference championships in 2000 and 2001, for a total of five championships in his college coaching career.

NFL Career

Minnesota Vikings

In 2002, Linehan jumped to the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings when new head coach Mike Tice hired Linehan as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Linehan helped the Vikings offense reach new heights. In his first season, starting running back Michael Bennett lead the way as the Vikings had the top ranked rushing offense in the league. Bennett earned his only Pro Bowl appearance after that season. Beyond a potent rushing attack, Linehan's tenure with the Vikings was also defined by an explosive air attack led by Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss. Overall, his three years in Minnesota set many league or team offensive records, including points, total yards, and rushing touchdowns.

Miami Dolphins

In 2005, Linehan accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins under new head coach Nick Saban. That year, Linehan used two running backs (Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams) effectively as the offense move from 29th in total yards in 2004 to 14th in 2005. The increased offensive output helped the Dolphins rebound from their first losing season in 2004 since 1988 as the team finished 9-7.

St. Louis Rams

In 2006, Linehan parlayed his track record of offensive success into his first head coaching opportunity. He accepted the head coaching position with the St. Louis Rams to replace Mike Martz. Linehan continued his ability to run a successful offense as starting running back Steven Jackson led the league in all-purpose yards and quarterback Marc Bulger threw for the second most touchdowns in Rams history. Despite the offense, the Rams struggled as a team failed to have a winning season in his time with the team. In 2008, with the team off to an 0-4 start, the Rams fired Linehan.

Detroit Lions

In 2009 Linehan was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. Linehan was charged with teaching rookie quarterback Matt Stafford to be a successful quarterback. By the end of the season, Stafford set or tied many team rookie records despite being placed on the injured reserve after 10 games. In 2010, the Lions offense was the third most improved offense in the league, scoring 100 more points than the year before. This improvement was without Stafford, who again was sidelined with an injury after only a few games.

In 2011, the team secured their first playoff berth since 1999 behind a record-breaking offense. That year, Stafford became the fourth quarterback to ever throw for more than 5,000 yards as the team set the team record for most points in a season. Beyond Stafford, another key piece of the Lions offensive success during Linehan's tenure was wide receiver Calvin Johnson. In 2012, Johnson set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season at 1,964. Linehan continued in his role until after the 2013 season.

Dallas Cowboys

In 2014 Linehan was hired by Dallas Cowboys as their new passing game coordinator. His work with the offense helped the team finish tied for first in the NFC with three key offensive players setting franchise records: Running back DeMarco Murray, Wide Receiver Dez Bryant, and Quarterback Tony Romo. Following the successfully 2014, Linehan was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the 2015 season. However, injuries limited the team effectiveness as the Cowboys finished 4-12 on the season.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2018 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator 10-6-0 1-1
2017 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 0-0
2016 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator 13-3-0 0-1
2015 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator 4-12-0 0-0
2014 Dallas Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
2013 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
2012 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 4-12-0 0-0
2011 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 10-6-0 0-1
2010 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
2009 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 2-14-0 0-0
2008 St. Louis Rams Head Coach 0-4-0 0-0
2007 St. Louis Rams Head Coach 3-13-0 0-0
2006 St. Louis Rams Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2005 Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 0-0
2004 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 8-8-0 1-1
2003 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2002 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 6-10-0 0-0

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