Cowboys coach Jason Garrett finally got around to admitting that Bill Callahan was calling plays Tuesday, months after owner Jerry Jones decided he would and a week after Callahan himself acknowledged the switch but Garrett refused to.
But Garrett stressed that he remains part of the play-calling mix, but that the authority over that part of it will be Callahan’s.
“We’ve been working really since the end of January with that in mind, and what that in mind is Bill Callahan has been the acting offensive coordinator, and he’s going to take on the full responsibilities of calling the plays,” Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We made that decision months ago. Where we did have a little bit of a miscommunication was when we were going to present that publicly.
“It’s something you’ve asked me about a number of different times, and I told you, ‘Well, we’re still working on that,’ and we were. We were working through the mechanics. . . .
“The area where we didn’t do a very good job – and I take full responsibility – is just being on the same page with the communication of that publicly. It came out last week and just to clarify it, those are the roles we are going to have.”
The other area Garrett didn’t handle well is hanging onto a job that had been his since 2007. He kept it through the transition of becoming head coach, and wouldn’t have willingly let it go if things were going well.
But Callahan hasn’t called plays in the NFL since 2003. The Cowboys haven’t finished lower than 13th in total offense since Garrett’s been in charge, and were sixth last year.
“Mr. Jones, Stephen (Jones) and I, we’re all on the same page and have been on the same page for months and been acting that way around this building,” Garrett said. “We just hadn’t said it out loud.”
Asked if he’d have final say on what Callahan was calling, Garrett hedged.
“I don’t like to use the word veto, but you always have that as a head coach,” he said. “It’s just important that you have a healthy respect for each other and a trust in each other and the communication is always really healthy, and those lines are always open going back and forth.”
Sounds like he could have been describing another process which obviously wasn’t communicated very well.