Posted June 04, 2013

Jerry Jones reveals Bill Callahan will call Cowboys plays; Jason Garrett won’t confirm

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Jason Garrett refused to comment on who will call the Cowboys' plays in 2013. (Getty Images)

It’s been reported that Jason Garrett has resisted Jerry Jones’ request that he no longer call plays. (Getty Images)

Whether or not head coach Jason Garrett would continue calling the Cowboys offensive plays in 2013 has gone unanswered for months, but owner/general manager Jerry Jones spilled the beans Tuesday. While initially refusing to answer the question, he let out that offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan would get play-calling duties.

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Jones said the decision had been “decided weeks ago,” leaving Callahan to awkwardly talk around the major change in how the Cowboys will run their offense on game days. In fact, Garrett refused to address the move.

From The Dallas Morning News:

And head coach Jason Garrett still wouldn’t confirm that Callahan had been elevated to that role Tuesday.

“We have a plan,” Garrett said. “No real comment beyond that.”

But Callahan indicated he will have a control over making the play calls, saying, “it is a real honer and again it’s a great responsibility. But it’s one we all basically embrace and one I am looking forward to.” He also added that Garrett “is still involved from the aspect of game planning and he’s in the meetings.”

“He’s got an eye on the offense and rightfully so,” Callahan continued. “This is his area of expertise. This is his offensive system. So I’m really honored. I’m flattered to be part of this and take on the additional responsibilities of calling plays during the course of the game.”

It’s been reported Jones’s public efforts to make things “very uncomfortable” for Cowboys players, coaches and the status quo after a disappointing 8-8 season have included Garrett relinquishing play-calling to help him be a better in-game manager.

The Cowboys are 21-19 under Garrett since he took over for a fired Wade Phillips during the 2010 season.


19 comments
6marK6
6marK6

I think the main mockery is that Jason Garrett has no balls. He literally has no responsibilities. He will not be able to claim credit if things go right and will be blamed when they probably go wrong. Furthermore, who will want to hire Garrett after this. Of course, I don't feel sorry for Garrett at all, he screwed Wade Phillips and what comes around, goes around.

Ciscos
Ciscos

Now we know since Jerry Jones has been a disaster as an untamed GM (last tamer was Jimmy Johnson), he's made the complete bonehead decision to bring the soon to be named head coach Bill Callahan on board - and gave him the job of playcaller.  Well in all of those conversations Jason Garratt had with Jimmy, I'm sure Jimmy warned him. "Jerry is gonna do you man."  JG should be prepared.

In the brilliance created in his own mind, Jerry hasn't done anything wrong, nor has he unsurped the credibility of JG as his head coach, he's bought on a destroyer of offenses and teams in Callahan.

If Jerry thought he should have fired himself as GM, then he should have. His mockery of ownership since canning Jimmy has made him the new Al Davis with his bizarro decisions.  I would imagine the son can't wait for him to get out of the way.

Cool
Cool

Maybe the players should make Jerry a little uncomfortable by just showing up, make a play or two, joke with the opponents and go shower and collect a check?  Playing little childish games with players and coaches should cost him dearly. How in the hell does he expect anyone to want to sign up with his team in the future when he plays these little games?  

Callahan has proven what he can do for teams... He took over the Raiders and after a couple years they were the laughing stock of the NFL, he went to Nebraska, and made a college powerhouse into a lightweight loser.. goes to the Jets and suddenly the offense starts failing... goes to the cowboys and they go 8-8?  Really happy Jerry is so brilliant.  

gopher96
gopher96

The Cowboys will NEVER win consistently as long as Jones has his hands in the day-to-day operations, which he will as long as he is the owner. No more big name coaches will work for him so he is reduced to bringing in hungry, aspiring, second- or third-tier coaches who want that job on their resumes. Their ambition makes them blind as to what they are walking into with Jones. He is possibly the worst owner in the NFL...and I lived in Cincinnati for 15 years and supported Paul Brown Jr's Bengals.

Chris10
Chris10

He couldn't answer the questions, he was too busy putting his balls in a jar for Jerry Jones to keep

6marK6
6marK6

Garrett is a token coach, he has literally no responsibilities. I don't feel sorry for him though, he has accepted this role and he kind of stabbed his last head coach in the back to get it.

beirutwedding
beirutwedding

Make things very uncomfortable for the players and coaches, indeed. Make yourself uncomfortable, jerk! Fire this terrible GM! Do that! He's been at it for sixteen years and he's been !@$#$ it up!

beirutwedding
beirutwedding

Why answer the question? Who's business is it but the team's? It won't happen. I know it won't happen but I would love, love, LOVE to just have Jerry Jones shut the f@#$ up! No other GM or owner talks this much. Shut up! Stop giving the team more to worry about because you constantly have to remind everybody that this is your team! Why go over Garrett to announce this? What does it gain you? Just shut up! Aaaaarrrggghhh!!!

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

After they fire Garrett after the coming season, I predict the next head coach will be a tight ends coach from another NFL team or an offensive coordinator from a major college team. Just more puppets for Jerry to control, and he will strip him of play calling then fire him the next year. This is going to be the pattern for the next (fill in the blank) years, as long as Jerry is GM of this team. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Well, Mr. Garrett, when you were awarded the play calling duties it was because head coach Wade Phillips had, as I recall, 'too much on his plate'. He was relieved of his duties as play caller, then head coach. Do you see a pattern developing here?

Billy C.
Billy C.

Callahan was a miserable flop at Nebraska. The program has barely recovered from the damage he did. I just hope that Jerry Jones is ready for more of the same. It will be a log season for the 'Boyz.

esdanny
esdanny

Didn't Callahan coach the Raiders at one time, hmmm, did they get into the play offs under his watch? Didn't he also be a head coach at Nebraska? And what did they do under him? Now Jerry Jones puts his faith in him, good. I hate the Cowboys already thanks to Jones, now maybe we can bury the Cowboys under Jones for good, think the Eagles only need to worry about the Washington Foreskins

6marK6
6marK6

@Cool Callahan did lead a team to the Super Bowl and he called the plays. Yes, Gruden might have put the team together. The main point is that Gruden primarily gave him a very old roster that started to fall apart. That is what Gruden does, he goes old, which is what got him run out of Tampa, even after winning a ring (primarily with a team Dungey built)

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Cool I couldn't have said it any better.

beirutwedding
beirutwedding

@Billy C. College is different. It demands a different skill set. Ask Nick Saban or Steve Spurrier. Having said that, I can't say I'm just ecstatic that Bill Callahan has the playcalling duties.

6marK6
6marK6

@esdanny The Raiders went to the Super Bowl with Callahan.

Cool
Cool

@beirutwedding @Billy C. I think the point is that Callahan failed at both.. He put the Raiders in a tailspin... went to college ball and put the huskers in a tailspin.. went to help the offense of the Jets, and they went into a tailspin.. went to Dallas and Romo had a terrible year.   See the pattern?

esdanny
esdanny

@6marK6 @esdanny , Sorry, my bag. I don't keep up with the Raiders that much, only when they fire someone or they quit. I'll try not to troll to much it's just I hate the Cowboys since Jones took over and did what he did to Landry and Johnson(I have a long memory about that).

Cool
Cool

@6marK6 @esdanny and were easily beat when they went up against the coach who had got them to that point.