Cowboys’ Bill Callahan not thrilled about changes

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The Dallas Cowboys made a switch on the offensive side of the ball by bringing in former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Bill Callahan is being stripped of play-calling duties after just one season, and they’re being gifted to Linehan, and Callahan isn’t thrilled.

“Bill is not thrilled, but Jason didn’t expect him to be thrilled,” Stephen Jones, the team’s executive football vice president said, via ESPN Dallas. “But Bill is an outstanding coach; he will be involved in game planning and overseeing our offensive line. There was no way we were going to let him walk and we kept our promise that nobody was getting fired; in fact, we added another pretty well-paid coach in Linehan. Maybe that’s something that happened we didn’t originally plan — we spent a little more money adding someone, but Jason is very pleased and so are we with Scott on board.”

Head coach Jason Garrett made the changes on his own, without orders from owner Jerry Jones apparently.

“Absolutely, we gave Jason that authority when the season ended,” Jones said. “This was another disappointing ending, and you just have let your head coach have that latitude. It’s not always going to be pretty, it’s going to hurt some feelings, but you have to let Jason evaluate his staff and do what he believes is right. That’s what we did.”

Topics: Dallas Cowboys

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  • SmartThinking

    He’s not thrilled about being demoted, you say? Well. I wasn’t thrilled about the way he called all 16 Cowboys’ offensive games either. So we’re even!

  • GoalLineStan

    Callahan ought to be glad he’s got a job after the way he called the offense this past season. Going to Cleveland, for most people, would be the ultimate demotion. If he handles the Cowboys’ offensive line well, he might actually survive next season and go someplace else with a positive record.

  • JoeDaBeast

    So Garrett got to sign someone on, without Jerry Jones’ okay? It is still Jones’ checkbook, right? I find that part difficult to grasp.

  • BradAustin

    What I noticed about Stephen’s comments is he said “Bill will be involved in game planning and oversee the offensive line”. The use of ‘will be involved’ tells me everything. Callahan not only lost his title as play-caller, but he also lost his OC authority along with play-calling duties. What OC in the league is considered “involved” in the offensive strategy?

    The OC is supposedly the guy that makes the final decisions on the schemes that week, the playbook they will select from, etc. The only time a head coach makes those detailed decisions is when he is still pulling double-duty as OC and HC. If not, the OC makes all those final decisions only under the overall strategy of the HC’s offensive system. An offensive system is a very general thing. The schemes, etc belong to the OC. A real HC doing his job doesn’t have time for all that detail work and still perform his team-wide duties.

    There’s no doubt to me Dallas let Callahan retain his title as OC to let him save face. A title demotion from OC back to solely an O-line Coach would have been harsh. Should have just fired him. But the reality is now he is just another secondary voice in the room with no final decision making authority in the offense beyond what the o-line does. Garrett and Linehan will be double-teaming the offensive design with Linehan serving the real authority role of OC.

    I find it extremely pathetic and prophetic that they dance with all the job titles and bs their way around what’s what behind the scenes. None of that is necessary or provides any competitive advantage. It’s simply dishonesty with Cowboys fans, a lot of hot air to keep us misinformed, and a bunch of monkeys humping a football. Incompetence at it’s finest. Show Parcells and/or Johnson the offensive staff and titles of this team…they’d laugh all day and say good luck!

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