The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, decided to strip head coach Jason Garrett of his play calling duties. Instead he turned over the reins of the offense to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Two games into the season he is already coming under fire for his play calling, a lot of short quick passes.
Former Dallas Cowboys great and current NFL Analyst Daryl Johnston isn’t as frustrated as everyone else, at least according to his comments from an interview on The Ticket in Dallas.
From the Dallas Morning News:
On the short-passing game dominating the offense:
Johnston: “… It’s a balance. You’ve got to be able to keep the defense off balance with what you’re doing from your game plan. You can’t let them get into a rhythm where all of a sudden they’ve found tendencies in their film breakdown of you. It’s not frustrating for me. As long as they’re completing them and catching them and moving the chains, you know, great, because it goes back to what they always said about San Francisco — that West-Cost Offense; the short-passing game substitutes for the running game. If Dallas can’t run the football, which it appears they can’t right now, well maybe that’s their alternative is to go into that short-passing game.”
Unfortunately not everyone shared Johnson’s views.
“I’m extremely disappointed in what I saw in Dallas,” Bradshaw said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I have a feeling we are going to see the up and down of the Cowboys. That’s just the way it’s going to be.”
“Same old weak junk we saw in Oakland,” Bradshaw said, referring to Callahan’s days with the Raiders. “It drives me up a wall, five-yard out routes, five-yard drag routes. You have to take chances. You can’t keep running this short dinky offense.”