Jason Garrett realizes giving up play-calling duties was a good thing

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

The Dallas Cowboys offseason had one story line that transcended others, head coach Jason Garrett being stripped of offensive play-calling duties. Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan began calling the plays this season.

Some thought owner Jerry Jones was stripping Garrett of his power and Garrett didn’t seem thrilled. With the benefit of hindsight he is changing his tune.

I think it’s been a good thing,” Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s something that we’ve tried to do since I became the head coach, coming from the coordinator position. They’re two full-time jobs, and in order to do each of them well, you have to focus on really every aspect of them. They’re only so many hours in the day, so since I became the head coach, I was always trying to delegate some of the responsibilities I had within the coordinator position and within some of the head coaching responsibilities that I had. So now I can be more focused on some of the head coaching stuff.

“Certainly, I’m in all of the meetings on offense and many of the meetings on defense during the week. With the installations of the plays, I’m involved in all that. But you need to delegate and more importantly empower the people around you to do those jobs. We’ve done that. I think that structure has worked well for us. That doesn’t mean that because we’re in that structure, everything is going to be perfect. We need to keep working hard to make whatever structure we use the best it can be for our players to execute ball plays.”