Cowboys offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Bill Callahan is the play-caller in Dallas this season, and it’s a move that’s drawn quite a bit of attention, considering head coach Jason Garrett previously had those responsibilities.
We may not have a good read on how Callahan’s play-calling differs from Garrett until Dallas gets into the regular season, but we know this much: if a club’s offensive coordinator and quarterback actively work to stay on the same page, it’s a good thing. And in a story published in the San Antonio Express-News Friday, former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon indicated that Callahan will listen to the player directing the offense on the field.
“I remember in 2003 going into his office before a preseason game to share some concerns I had,” Gannon told Tom Orsborn of the Express-News. “Two weeks later, I told him, ‘I don’t think you heard a word I said.’ Well, he pulled out his notes and regurgitated verbatim what I had said. He is good about offering feedback and wants interaction with his quarterbacks.”
Gannon, who worked with Callahan from 1999 through 2003 in Oakland, called the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator “an excellent communicator.”
If nothing else, it’s interesting to hear a perspective on Callahan from one of his former quarterbacks — not to mention one who had great success in Callahan’s offense when the Raiders captured the AFC in 2002.