He called Garrett the best coach nobody talks about. He continuously praised Linehan’s work with the game plan.
When the Cowboys officially announced on Thursday that Garrett would be back with a five-year deal and Linehan would be back with a three-year deal, Romo was extremely pleased even if he knew neither would be leaving.
“I’m lucky to be around two coaches that are outstanding in every facet of the game,” Romo said. “I learn on a daily basis from them and look forward to next year and what we can accomplish.”
Linehan is the fourth playcaller Romo has had since taking over in 2006. He had Tony Sparano in his first year, Garrett from 2007-12 and Bill Callahan in 2013. The two clicked right away with Romo having the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career, while leading the NFL in passer rating and completion percentage.
Now the coaches might have the chance to coach against Romo in the Pro Bowl next week. Since the game is no longer an AFC vs. NFC affair, there could be Cowboys going against Cowboys. The good news is that the Cowboys will not have any direct competition against each other in the game since the defense did not have a player selected.
Michael Irvin could be Garrett’s general manager.
“Know their strengths, know their weaknesses,” Garrett joked about having to coach against some of his players. “There’s not a lot of flexibility in the systems. You have to play one kind of defense. It’s not like, ‘He can’t see it from the blindside, blitz him from over there.’”