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It was just another day at Valley Ranch, as Jerry Jones was doing Jerry Jones things, until the Dallas Cowboys’ owner let slip that Jason Garrett will no longer be the playcaller for the Silver and Blue.
Instead, that job will fall to offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who last called plays when he was the head coach at Nebraska in 2007. Head coach Jason Garrett had been calling plays for Dallas since he joined the team as the offensive coordinator in 2007.
In an interview with ESPN, Bill Callahan said:
I’m flattered and as I said this a long time ago when we were visiting in January and February, everybody has a stake in this, Callahan said.
It’s a compliment to our staff and it tells you the way our guys work on the offensive side of the ball. It’s been productive all the way around. I’m really encouraged, I’m honored and just do the best job for our fans and our team.
Meanwhile, Garrett would not confirm that he had, in fact, been stripped of his play calling duties.
I, for one, am happy with this change, as we saw Garrett mishandle late game situations all season last year, as he tried to get a play in, and discuss challenges/timeouts/etc. simultaneously as the play clock ticked down.
This also reinforces the statements made by Jones earlier in the year that Tony Romo will have more influence on play calling, as he and Callahan will likely work out where Romo has a little more freedom (the first thing that pops into my head would be the two-minute drill).
So, do you think this is a good move? Vote, and let us know why (or why not) in the comments.