Bill Callahan to be calling plays for Cowboys
JUN 04, 2013 1:53p ET
When speaking to the press on Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones let the world know his decision.
It is going to be Bill Callahan.
Jones said that the decision on who would be calling the plays next season for Dallas was made weeks ago.
"It's a real honor and a great responsibility," Callahan said. "I'm flattered to be part of this and take on the additional responsibilities of calling the plays in the course of the game."
This offseason has been full of speculation over who would be calling the plays for Dallas next season. Jones showed signs of frustration with the offense last year after the team sputtered to another 8-8 record and missing the playoffs.
After the news leaked, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett held his usual post-practice news conference and was asked about the decision.
"There is no real advantage for us to reveal who's calling the plays explicitly, and how we're going to do it, in early June," Garrett said. "It's just the way I feel about it. We have a plan in place. We've had a plan in place for a long, long time. I don't want to get into that plan much further than I already have.
"I'm completely on board with all decisions we make," Garrett said. "We make collective decisions in this organization. We always have and we always will."
Garrett was hired as the Cowboys offensive coordinator in 2007, and Jones' trust in the way Garrett handled the offense played a major factor in his hiring as head coach.
Callahan has a lot of experience running an offense, spending five seasons at the helm in Oakland as well as a four-year stint in the college ranks with Nebraska.
"I think he's an outstanding coach with the kind of experience that I really think is good for us right now," Jones said. "The fact that he has been head coach, college, as well as in the NFL, you bring all of that to bear."
So, the speculation is finally over. If you have a problem with what plays are being called for Tony Romo and company next season, blame Callahan, not Garrett.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.