Former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins lineman turned NFL analyst Mark Schlereth was on a local Dallas radio show, “Fitzsimmons and Durrett” and made some interesting comments about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Schlereth doesn’t agree with how Jones handled the situation of transferring play calling duties from head coach Jason Garrett to Bill Callahan. In fact, it makes him want to punch Jones in the face.
From the Dallas Morning News:
“It was a great move. It should have never come from your owner. Ever! It should have come from Jason Garrett. He should have had a press conference and said you know what, my job as a head coach is to coach the coaches. I think I’m more valuable managing the entire team as opposed to doing the play calling and managing the football team so I’m going to step back and appoint that duty to my offensive line coach now my offensive coordinator slash play caller.”
“We collaborate and work together on game day. My talents are better served as the head coach of this football team and making sure I’m managing the game.”
“That’s how it should have been because in locker room it’s perceived that he’s in charge. But when your owner comes out with a little snarky comment, I just want to punch him in the face. Seriously!? You just completely emasculated your head coach in front of everybody and now he has to go face those guys and act like he’s the authority in charge in that locker room. I think they all like Jason Garrett, and I think Jason Garrett is a great young coach.”
“I think you circumvented his power. I think it’s a hard situation to be in as a coach is when the going gets tough everybody’s brothers and uncles know he’s not really in charge, and he’s probably not going to be here next year.”