Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is quietly looking for a new offensive coordinator who would likely take over play-calling from head coach Jason Garrett, according to a league source in a ProFootballTalk.com report.
In a possibly related story, the Cowboys interviewed former Arkansas and Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt this week for an undetermined job on their staff. The Cowboys currently have an opening at running backs coach.
Garrett is reportedly resisting the move and — in a possible effort to lower the odds of his in-season firing — has stipulated that the new OC must have no head-coaching experience.
ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen first reported that Jones is pushing Garrett to give up play-calling. Bill Callahan currently has the dual title of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, but Garrett calls all plays.
Garrett has come under criticism for making questionable game-management decisions, including ill-timed timeouts. The Cowboys, one of the league’s most penalized teams, often get offensive snaps off just as the play clock is expiring, which some attribute to a slow play-calling process and quarterback Tony Romo’s audibles.
After missing the playoffs for the third year in a row, Jones said he intended to make things uncomfortable for the Cowboys during the offseason. He began by firing running backs coach Skip Peete and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Garrett’s brother and Cowboys tight ends coach, John Garrett, may also be feeling the heat at Valley Ranch. He applied for the head coach job at Delaware, but lost out to Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock.