For most of the offseason, one of the primary storylines in Dallas was how exactly the Cowboys were going to wrest play-calling duties from the hands of head coach Jason Garrett, and which non-Garrett person was going to handle them.
But now, Garrett says he realizes it’s a positive for the Cowboys that Bill Callahan took it off his plate.
“I think it’s been a good thing,” Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s something that we’ve tried to do since I became the head coach, coming from the coordinator position. They’re two full-time jobs, and in order to do each of them well, you have to focus on really every aspect of them. They’re only so many hours in the day, so since I became the head coach, I was always trying to delegate some of the responsibilities I had within the coordinator position and within some of the head coaching responsibilities that I had. So now I can be more focused on some of the head coaching stuff.
“Certainly, I’m in all of the meetings on offense and many of the meetings on defense during the week. With the installations of the plays, I’m involved in all that. But you need to delegate and more importantly empower the people around you to do those jobs. We’ve done that. I think that structure has worked well for us. That doesn’t mean that because we’re in that structure, everything is going to be perfect. We need to keep working hard to make whatever structure we use the best it can be for our players to execute ball plays.”
That’s a roundabout way of saying he didn’t have much choice in the matter, so he’s choosing to make the best of a bad situation.
But if it was such a great idea, he wouldn’t have spent so much of the offseason resisting the giving up of power, which no coach, regardless his position, wants to do.