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Bill Callahan: It doesn’t matter who calls plays


On Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that the team didn’t need to decide on the identity of the guy calling the plays on offense until the first preseason game this summer.

It was offensive coordinator Bill Callahan’s turn to meet the media on Thursday and he got all the questions you’d imagine about the hot topic du jour in Dallas. Callahan did his best to downplay any potential tension in the topic, parroting much of what Garrett said about the play calls being a team effort.

“It’s really a collaborative effort. We all do it together. I think what’s important here is we as a staff continue to work hard, put the plan together, we do it in a collaborative fashion, and really, it doesn’t really matter,” Callahan said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I checked my ego at the door a long time ago. It doesn’t matter who calls the plays. We know what the play is going to be. So there’s no guesses, there’s no surprises.”

There’s little doubt that gameplan construction involves more voices than Garrett’s every week and the voice in Tony Romo’s helmet is less important that a well-designed scheme. The reason this continues to be an issue for the Cowboys is that Garrett’s boss said he wanted someone else to call the plays and, as of now, Garrett hasn’t said that he’s going along with Jerry Jones’ wishes.

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27 Responses to “Bill Callahan: It doesn’t matter who calls plays”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 14, 2013 5:52 PM

    Some would call the situation confusing, but Cowboys call it witness protection.

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    It doesn’t matter who calls the plays?



  3. fuglyflorio says: Feb 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    Just let Jerry call the plays. We all know that’s what he wants. Sorry Cowboys fans, but there’s no good times ahead for you.

  4. smartanis says: Feb 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    Yes, but did anyone ask Callahan about his play-calling in that Super Bowl way back when? Always fun to dredge up an old non-story.

  5. hopper15 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:10 PM

    yeah it kind of does matter who calls plays. lol

    cowboys are good for a laugh.

  6. umainebearman says: Feb 14, 2013 6:12 PM

    Confusing thegreatgabbert? If you actually knew that more goes into a game than just showing up on gameday then you’d know thats how most teams do it. A coach doesn’t just sit in a room by themselves and come up with the game plan by themselves. It is a TEAM game after all. Team on the field team on the sidelines. I know its very complicated for someone who depends on Sportcenter to spoon feed them info about sports but maybe 1 day you’ll get it.

  7. romosrevenge says: Feb 14, 2013 6:22 PM

    Jerry should order a media blackout for All coaches during the offseason because between Jason’s presser yesterday and Callahan today
    (He said he was real happy with the current O-line’s technique) the Cowboys management appears adrift and clueless. Jerry, tells us who is calling plays, and tell your coaches to shut up.

  8. pjd2012 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:25 PM

    He sounds like Garrett now. A lame ass run around. It’s going to suc if Garrett gets to call offensive plays again. Something logical just got to be done!

  9. mullman76 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:30 PM

    —He botched the SuperBowl—

  10. raiderinva says: Feb 14, 2013 6:46 PM

    If it does not matter who calls the plays then why is it the O-Cord that takes the fall for a non productive offense?

    It was a brilliant move to let Cam Cameron go and allow Jim Caldwell lead the way to the Super Bowl. Chris Palmer was the fall guy in Tennessee, Tony Sporano took the hit in New York, Greg Knapp couldnt call a pop warner game in Oakland, and eight head coaches and their staffs have been fired.

    Honestly does it matter who calls the plays?

  11. mackcarrington says: Feb 14, 2013 6:50 PM

    The “voice in Tony Romo’s helmet” will belong to Jerry Jones.

  12. gurnblanstonreturns says: Feb 14, 2013 6:53 PM

    With Romo under center, Callahan is right. Viva la Tony! Romo Forever! Hail!

  13. larrydavid7000 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:23 PM

    REALLY .??????

  14. bert1913 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    ……says the guy that doesn’t get to call he plays

  15. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    Tell that to John Harbaugh, Cam Cameron, and Joe Flacco. GO ahead. I’ll wait here.

  16. bert1913 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    ……says the guy that doesn’t get to call the plays

  17. whysomanylosers says: Feb 14, 2013 7:55 PM

    pish posh, we all know Jerry’s gonna call the plans by the 3rd quarter of the first game.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    In Dallas, accountability doesn’t live here.

  19. themike31 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:21 PM

    Did anyone else hear this in The Rock’s voice?

    Hey, who do you think should call the pl….IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO CALLS THE PLAYS!

    Would be the first time Bill Callahan were ever cool if it happened.

  20. vilelabyrinth says: Feb 14, 2013 8:35 PM

    old man cowboy’s fan here, I remember back to Landry’s final days..oh how the mighty have fallen..god damn Jerry Jones and the mockery he has turned my beloved team into.

  21. ppc50 says: Feb 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    “It’s really a collaborative effort. We all do it together. ” Then, as a long time Cowboys fan, you all stink!!!!

  22. hannahsdaddy says: Feb 14, 2013 10:53 PM

    Bill sucks!

  23. footballhistorian says: Feb 14, 2013 11:05 PM

    I’m with you vile – the Cowboys used to be trend setters in football management. Information-based drafting/scouting was huge in helping the Cowboys in the 70s. Didn’t their draft class of 75 get 12 rookie keepers? That was in an era when teams kept an average of 6. It wasn’t until the 1984 season that they didn’t make the playoffs. Jones hasn’t done $h!t since Johnson left (with the exception of when Parcels was running things – but Jones had to go and get Owens and p!$$ Parcels off). And he won’t do $h!t until he gets his meddling @$$ out of the operations. He’s made it very clear that isn’t going to happen, so until his health fails – we’re screwed as fans. I don’t blame the skins, jints, iggles, 69ers, or any other fans for giving the Cowboys hell…the team deserves it…

  24. In the Weeds says: Feb 14, 2013 11:07 PM

    I couldn’t believe things can get worse for the Boys–but I was wrong.

    Now a COMMITTEE is going to call the plays?

    This season is going to be Catastrophic for Dallas.

  25. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 15, 2013 6:22 AM

    old man cowboy’s fan here, I remember back to Landry’s final days..oh how the mighty have fallen..god damn Jerry Jones and the mockery he has turned my beloved team into.

    you can’t say it any better…Jones has ruined football for us old cowboy fans

  26. tpa43 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:32 AM

    Is Jerry still calling the plays?

  27. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 15, 2013 11:56 AM

    don’t feel too bad Dallas fans, it wasn’t that long ago when the Redskins went through this with Jim Zorn calling some plays the running backs coach calling other plays and some guy who came from a bingo hall to sit in a booth and call plays as well. only difference here is eventually our owner grew up and got smart enough to hire real proffessioals.

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