Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman says he doesn’t think Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is having much say in the changes that are occurring to his coaching staff. The Hall of Famer is also unsure if those changes are going to make much of a difference.
Aikman discussed how Garrett is dealing with those moves Thursday during an interview with The Musers on 1310 The Ticket (KTCK-AM). The FOX NFL analyst said Garrett is simply handling the situation the way team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is telling him it should be handled.
“That’s essentially what happened, or at least that’s the way it looks,” Aikman said. “Jerry comes out and says there are going to be a lot of changes this offseason and everyone’s going to be uncomfortable, I didn’t hear a comment from Jason Garrett with regards to that. I didn’t hear him say that during his postgame press conference or postseason press conference.
“So yeah, it’s got the look and feel as though Jerry’s making these decisions and I don’t know that that’s necessarily good. When you’re making staff changes and whether Jason’s on board with that or not on board with that, I really have no idea.
“I think the difficult things is that this was a team the last two years that played in the last game of the season and went into Week 17 with a chance to win a division. If they win the last game of the year, they win the division. I just wonder if they had won one or both of those games if we would be looking at this team differently. And I think that we would, even if they didn’t win in the postseason.”
Aikman later added: “I haven’t seen anything up to this point that’s been done that makes me believe that this team is going to be better based on the changes that have happened within staff.”
One of the adjustments could also involve a coach that is currently on staff. There is a realistic chance that Cowboys offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will be calling plays next season, a task Garrett has been responsible for since 2007. Aikman said he doesn’t think the offense will look much different if Callahan is calling the plays.
“Maybe the plays will be called a little bit differently,” Aikman said. “Maybe there will be a little bit more emphasis on running the football, but I don’t think that we’re going to look at this offense and really have a different feel than we had under Jason.
“It’s going to be the same guys out there running the plays. It’s going to be the same type of stuff, so I don’t know. I don’t know what kind of difference it makes. I don’t know exactly what they’re anticipating being different. You want to score more points, but that’ll be a wait-and-see. I don’t know what will happen there.”
The coaching changes have included hiring Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator and Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach. The Cowboys are also in the process of adding new special teams, running backs and tight ends coaches.