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Why Cowboys Should Target Rams’ OC Matt LaFleur

There should be changes to the this . Unfortunately, there probably won’t – but that doesn’t mean I won’t try to speak it into existence with this article.

The was a complete disaster down the stretch this season, scoring just 12 points at home in an elimination game last week to kill their playoff hopes. looked to regress a bit, mostly due to the rather awful circumstances around him. The lack of receiving threats, Prescott’s lack of trust in his protection, and ’s all did the Cowboys in.

Then, of course, there was offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

Linehan deserves a share of the blame for this meltdown as well, considering he is the play caller and the one who “runs” the offense. His failure to create opportunities in the pass game for Elliott, as well as his failures to create some easier completions and situations for Prescott and hurt this offense in the long run.

When they weren’t just able to say “I’m better than you” and run the ball down the ’s throat, the looked lost.

And it’s time for change.

Firing Linehan isn’t an instant fix to the offense, but it could certainly be a step in the right direction if the correct replacement is hired. In my estimation, the best person to take the job is current Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur.

LaFleur was named the offensive coordinator by this offseason, following his stint as in Atlanta. LaFleur coached under Kyle Shanahan and was ’s QB coach for his season. LaFleur was also the quarterbacks coach for Notre Dame in 2014 and for the from 2010-2013. It’s no coincidence that Robert Griffin had his best seasons when LaFleur was on the staff.

This means that Matt LaFleur has been on staffs which have seen Matt Ryan’s MVP season, RG3’s of the Year season, the emergence of and , and the one which made Everett Golson an attractive transfer candidate to Florida State.

The problem with my wish is that if the Cowboys were to bring in Matt LaFleur, it would have to be for the head job. It is rare that a coach makes lateral movement in the NFL, and since it’s clear he won’t be fired by the Rams anytime soon, a team will have to make an impressive head coaching offer to lure him away from Los Angeles.

I’m at the point where firing Jason Garrett seems like the correct move to make this offseason, but it seems rather clear doesn’t believe so. And as long as Garrett is in place, changing offensive coordinators is both unlikely and probably not impactful enough to make much of a difference.

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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