Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has to have spent time thinking about his next career move.
Witten is in his 15th NFL season, and the end of his career is far closer than the beginning. If he decides to go with coaching as his next career move, Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan believes that Witten would be great at it.
“He gets it,” Linehan said, via the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “He understands how the game works. He knows there’s times when you got to be on players and it’s not about being a player’s best friend. It’s about gaining their respect and pushing them. And also knowing there are times you got to put your arm around somebody and get their attention and get their confidence back sometimes.
“He knows both sides of that as a player. He knows that it’s not easy. He has a great understanding of the profession.”
That’s high praise. Linehan could’ve just gone with the cliche responses, saying that Witten is a hard worker and a smart player. Instead, he gave specifics about how he not only understands the profession, but also how to deal with people.
Maybe one day Witten will be on the sidelines calling plays for the Cowboys.