Last month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear that coach Jason Garrett would no longer call the offensive plays. Or so we thought.
On Wednesday, Garrett made it clear that nothing is clear, and that Garrett may still call the plays.
The bigger question, given the manner in which the offseason has unfolded, is whether a coaching change is still possible for the Cowboys.
In the aftermath of Garrett’s press conference, which featured a 20-minute filibuster before a single question was taken, I assumed it was too late to move on from Garrett. But then I got to the part of Gary Myers’ Coaching Confidential regarding the departure of Jimmy Johnson as coach of the Cowboys in 1994. Then, the change came in March, after Jones had bragged to reporters at the annual league meetings that 500 other coaches could have led the team to consecutive Super Bowl wins, and Johnson decided that he no longer wanted to be the one coach of the franchise.
At the time, Jones was pondering the possibility of firing Johnson and hiring Barry Switzer. When Johnson left (with a $2 million buyout) that’s precisely what Jones did.
So with so many former Jon Gruden assistants now on the Cowboys’ staff, it’s impossible to rule out anything — especially since we’ve seen pretty much everything when it comes to the NFL.