Callahan “excited” to have fate of head coach on his shoulders

AP

OK, so that’s not what he really said.  Borrowing one of the two most overused terms in football (the other is “awesome”), Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan says he’s “excited” to be calling the plays in Dallas this year.

“Excited would be the word, would be the adjective, that I would use,” Callahan told the team’s official website.  “I’m really excited. Anxious now.”

But while on a day-to-day level Callahan’s new gig entails calling plays for the first time in the NFL since he was fired by the Raiders after the 2003 season, the bigger picture is that, if Callahan fails, head coach Jason Garrett likely will end up paying for it with his job.

The much-discussed change, which by all appearances was forced on coach Jason Garrett by owner Jerry Jones in a way that was supposed to look like it was Garrett’s decision, undoubtedly arises from Garrett’s periodic inability to juggle the task of calling offensive plays while also managing the clock.  And it sounds, mechanically, as if Garrett won’t be part of the play-in, play-out process — unless he decides to interject.

“We’ve had a lot of play-it-out scenarios, we’ve had two-minute, we’ve had four-minute, we’ve had red zone play-it-out, we have team blitz play-it-out,” Callahan said.  “So we’ve been in every possible scenario you could be in situationally, and we’ve called the game live on the field.  That communication process has really gotten more comfortable for me, [quarterbacks coach] Wade [Wilson] and the quarterback.”

But Callahan added the perfunctory mention that it all will be a “collective” effort, which means that Garrett will get part of the credit if it all goes well.

As he should.  Given that he’ll get fired if it doesn’t, Garrett should at least get to share the spotlight if his “decision” to let someone else stand in it works.

15 responses to “Callahan “excited” to have fate of head coach on his shoulders

  1. Rich Gannon said on NFL radio that Callahan never called plays in Oakland, that it was their offensive coordinator that did it. Which means he’s not called plays before in the NFL.

    This should be a laugher.

  2. Garrett ought to be worried. How fitting would it be for him to lose his HC job due to bad play-calling by his OC? At least this time the OC wouldn’t do it on purpose like it probably was for Wade Phillips.

  3. As a lifelong Raider fan, I know the downside when the team owner is too involved in the football side of the operation. As a fan, I felt the frustration of Al Davis making bad decisions on players, coaches and offensive/defensive schemes based ego and being stubborn. It looks like Jerry Jones is becoming another Al Davis. As long as he is in control, his ego is satified. Its the fans who feel the frustration. I’m optimistic that the Raiders are coming out of that period, but I feel bad for the Cowboy fans that may be heading into it.

  4. When a “head coach” is really not the “head coach” in an NFL organization, little will serve to improve on field performance. Jerry Jones must be in total control of every aspect of the Cowboys. Its his team, his money, and his franchise but somehow that doesn’t seem to be enough. I have absolutely no respect for Jason Garrett. He is a good coach of proven ability but he is a long way from being a man. No man will allow himself to be “used” by an egomaniac in the fashion Garrett has done (and is). At some point personal pride and credibility must rise above a lucrative paycheck ~unless one has no pride. So far, Jason hasn’t exhibited any and doesn’t seem to have the capacity to recognize that he is the fall guy for Jones’ inept meddling.

  5. Jerry wants to keep Garrett around a few more years. Callahan as play caller is just going to be a buffer for him. If the offense sputters under Callahan, he can keep Garrett w/o much of an uproar by sacrificing Callahan.

  6. FinFan68 says:

    Garrett ought to be worried. How fitting would it be for him to lose his HC job due to bad play-calling by his OC? At least this time the OC wouldn’t do it on purpose like it probably was for Wade Phillips.

    FinFan68, I think at this point hindsight is 20/20. We KNOW for a fact Garrett can’t call plays to save his life, er job. Red Jesus dug his own grave from the start.

  7. Way to go Jerry Jones! Ha Ha. You hired a guy to run you’re teams offense that hasn’t called an NFL play in ten years. Ha Ha. That’s an insult to the sophistication and speed of the Modern NFL offense. Also, nothing personal towards Monte Kifin because he is a wonderful man and a class act, but watching him walking around the cowboys practice he doesn’t look very spry or up to the serious challenges and rigors that are demanded of today’s defensive coordinators. How could that possibly be an upgrade over the young and talented and aggressive Rob Ryan? But thanks Jerry for Rob Ryan. Our “D” will rock this year. The Cowboys will find out about our new “D” on November 10th in the Louisiana Mercedes Benz Superdome! Geaux Saints!

  8. jerryjonesmustdie83 says:
    Jun 18, 2013 10:22 AM

    FinFan68, I think at this point hindsight is 20/20. We KNOW for a fact Garrett can’t call plays to save his life, er job. Red Jesus dug his own grave from the start.
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    I disagree. He was an exceptional play caller early on and was the glory boy in the press for several openings throughout the league. As soon as rumbles about him replacing Phillips emerged the questionable play calls became more frequent. Since he was named head coach, Garrett has not been able to multi-task. (Call plays, understand the game situation, manage the clock, etc.) Add that to the natural tendency to be slightly more conservative due to being ultimately responsible when things go wrong and you get what we have seen the last couple years. Garrett is a better OC/play caller than head coach…in a Norv Turner kind of way.

  9. swsylvester says:
    Jun 18, 2013 5:59 PM
    Callahan actual did call plays in Oakland for 4 years as the OC. Guess we will see.

    According to Rich Gannon who was his QB he didn’t. Think I’ll take his word over yours.

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