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Report: Garrett will relay plays to Romo

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It’s good to see that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett hasn’t become complacent, now that he knows he’ll be back in 2014.  Or maybe it’s good to know that he realizes Jerry Jones’ commitment to a Garrett return next season is meaningless.

Either way, Garrett has emerged from the bye with a new approach on offense.  According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Garrett will be back in the head (Werder) of quarterback Tony Romo.

Specifically, Garrett will be talking to Romo via the speaker in the quarterback’s helmet, even though offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will continue to call the plays.  Previously this season, quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson relayed the plays from Callahan to Romo.

The change means that Garrett will, as a practical matter, have a chance to call an audible after Callahan communicates the play to Garrett.

Here’s the problem.  We’ve seen in the past that Garrett at times struggles when juggling the macro of being the head coach with the micro of calling plays.

“That’s one of the problems with head coaches calling the plays,” former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy previously told PFT regarding Garrett’s periodic inability to walk and chew gum.  “They lose track of game management.”

With Garrett now directly involved in communicating the play to Romo, it’s one more thing for the head coach to worry about while he’s trying to worry about the big picture, like the time left of the clock, the number of time outs, and the other things a head coach does during a game.

Our guess?  Despite Jones’ commitment to Garrett, the third-year coach knows he’s coaching for his job — and if he’s going to go down, he’s going to go down calling the plays.

Or perhaps icing his own kicker.

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43 Responses to “Report: Garrett will relay plays to Romo”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 23, 2013 3:59 PM

    It’s the NFL so likely that he will call for a fake punt on 4th and 21 and win the game with it.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 23, 2013 4:00 PM

    “I’ve got a hundred things going on here, Tony, so I’ll just move my lips and you decide what play you want to run, O.K. Turning off the mike now, good luck!”.

  3. imaduffer says: Nov 23, 2013 4:06 PM

    And in the off season he will be caring his golf bag and reading his putts.

  4. fumblenuts says: Nov 23, 2013 4:11 PM

    “According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Garrett will be back in the head (Werder) of quarterback Tony Romo.”

    LOL!!

    Stay tuned!

  5. mrcosio says: Nov 23, 2013 4:14 PM

    Forget kicking it, the Cowboys should just go for it on 4th down for the rest of the season!

  6. Ferdinand says: Nov 23, 2013 4:17 PM

    If Garrett actually believes he will definitely be back next year just because Jerry Jones said so — he has become completely complacent.

  7. jknaub45 says: Nov 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    Like it matter honestly! Garrett doesn’t know what he’s doing anyway

  8. redfield11 says: Nov 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    I’d rather a bad timeout or two if it meant that this offense was producing like it was before this year.

  9. 7mantel says: Nov 23, 2013 4:22 PM

    Jones to Callahan to Garrett to Romo ! How many delay of game penalties will there be ‘

  10. kingpel says: Nov 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    “Or perhaps icing his own kicker.”

    That would have been Garrett’s last season with the Cowboys if I was calling the shots.

  11. besdayz says: Nov 23, 2013 4:32 PM

    Confederacy of Dunces, starts with the owner/gm

  12. icewalker946 says: Nov 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    At least he’ll do something unlike Viking head coach Leslie Frazier. Seems like all he does is stares at the game, no emotion, and I never see him talk on the field.

  13. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    They’re just guessing now.

  14. ramitbaby says: Nov 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    Garrett will relay plays to Romo….called by Jerry Jones.

  15. nfl4days says: Nov 23, 2013 4:43 PM

    So Garrett can relay his hour long clapping sessions to Romo now?

  16. therealsmiley says: Nov 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    If the Cowboys can finally turn the “switch” on, and keep it on, they’ll take this division. They can be explosive on offense and solid on defense. I cannot root for the Cowboys but I like Garrett, and I think it’s Romo’s year. Hail!

  17. 4thqtrsaint says: Nov 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    Sean Payton manages to do it. Just sayin’.

  18. nfloracle says: Nov 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    I suppose this is another of GM Jones’ ideas to “fix” his team into a playoff contender.

    Thank God Jerry’s told us he’s good for another ten or fifteen years as team honcho. It’s almost as good as $3 beer night at the baseball park.

  19. officialgame says: Nov 23, 2013 4:56 PM

    Jerruh relays the plays to Garrett and Garrett relpays the plays to Romo. Should work out great for Giant fans

  20. walnuts76 says: Nov 23, 2013 4:59 PM

    There’s no hope for the cowgirls

  21. lasher1650 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:18 PM

    Well that will solve everything . . . NOT!

  22. 700levelvet says: Nov 23, 2013 5:19 PM

    The “Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  23. John A. says: Nov 23, 2013 5:19 PM

    Re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  24. lasher1650 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:19 PM

    Jerry Jones is too dumb to realize he is football dumb.

  25. thefiesty1 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:22 PM

    It won’t matter, it’s the CowBabies. We all know that JJ is calling the plays anyway. Micromanagement at it’s worse.

  26. eatitfanboy says: Nov 23, 2013 5:27 PM

    Yes, add another layer of communication to a process that was already taking too long. What could possibly go wrong?

  27. mizzousooner says: Nov 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    8-8 is their destiny!

  28. seabreezes51 says: Nov 23, 2013 5:55 PM

    Tony…please…tell me what to say…ok?

  29. mackcarrington says: Nov 23, 2013 6:06 PM

    Garrett will relay the plays to Romo from Callahan after he gets them From Jerry Jones.

  30. stunzeed5 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:09 PM

    darealsmiley….and Colt Brennan will be an NFL errrrrr UFL errrrrrr CFL errrrrrr AFL(?) star! Lololololol

  31. tvjules says: Nov 23, 2013 6:17 PM

    In the meantime, the the 73-year old will relay plays from the other 70-year old in the suite to the defense.

  32. seatownballers says: Nov 23, 2013 6:25 PM

    What idiots. It’s the defense that has issues!
    Cowboys fans, you are looking at a ten more years of 8-8

  33. jpb12 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:37 PM

    Wonder if Garrett will introduce Romo at his Hall of Fame induction.

  34. tjm52667 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:51 PM

    Tony , and please , I can`t stress this enough , very important , please throw it to the guys with the star on the helmet.

  35. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 23, 2013 6:59 PM

    Seems kind of insulting to me. You tell the guy he’s not good enough to call the plays, but you make him relay someone else’s plays to the QB.

    Maybe instead of playing a million dollar game of telephone, the playcaller could have a direct line to the QB. That’s how the grown-up franchises do it.

  36. rajbais says: Nov 23, 2013 7:19 PM

    I’m sick of Cowboy stories, but I kind of feel bad for anyone who feels or has to go through instability.

    Here’s a new rule however, America’s Team cannot always be declared the Cowboys.

    Instead, it should be declared whomever we want before the season and hold it throughout the year.

    Who’s America’s Team this year?

    The Seattle Seahawks!!!

    A QB who’s overcome odds, a great defense, and an admiration for the 12th man!!!

    What’s not to love?

  37. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 23, 2013 7:40 PM

    Wade Wilson is their quarterbacks coach?

    Having deadpool is a coach is pretty cool.

  38. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 23, 2013 7:46 PM

    twins right x z go red out pick 6 on 2.

  39. donmcg2012 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:44 PM

    “”Sean Payton manages to do it. Just sayin’.””

    Garrett is nowhere close to Payton as coaching goes. And the Saints aren’t a joke of a team. Garrett is nothing but a puppet with Jones holding the strings. Payton has respect, Garrett has………..well nothing.

  40. kev86 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:52 PM

    What’s over/under on delay of game calls tomorrow for Dallas?

  41. OnceACOWBOYFAN says: Nov 23, 2013 10:29 PM

    Seems so long ago…Ain’t it funny how time slips away… I*M 67 , and wondering will I ever see Wade Wilson gone….I mean Jerry Jones…. sigh

  42. hawkforlife says: Nov 23, 2013 10:40 PM

    Yeah but Jerry said they practice great and just need to do it on the field.

  43. thetooloftools says: Nov 24, 2013 4:44 AM

    Skelator is the problem

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