After a long and winding road of “no comments”, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has finally acknowledged the inevitable.
Bill Callahan (and not Garrett) will call plays for the Cowboys in 2013.
In previous weeks, both Callahan and Jerry Jones have referenced the fact that Callahan (the team’s offensive line coach) would calls for the upcoming campaign, but Garrett finally spoke the move into existence on Tuesday during the Cowboys’ mini-camp. It will be the first time since 2007 that Garrett will not call plays for the Cowboys, as he held play-calling duties as the offensive coordinator prior to being promoted to head coach.
In a quote gathered by Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Garrett referenced the change as being in process for a significant amount of time:
“Mr. Jones, Stephen [Jones] and I, we’re all on the same page and have been on the same page for months and been acting that way around this building, we just hadn’t said it out loud.”
As the season approaches, Garrett is widely known to be on the hot seat, as the Cowboys are coming off of an uber-disappointing 8-8 season in 2012. While he will be the offensive “face” on the sidelines, Callahan will be charged with deploying Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten in the most effective way, and as a result, Garrett has a vested interest in his assistant’s success.
One thing is for certain: Jerry Jones is not going to tolerate another 8-8 season. With that said, the pressure of “America’s Team” will be on Callahan, but all eyes will be on Garrett as he defends his job.