In the aftermath of the Cowboys’ bumbling announcement that Bill Callahan will call offensive plays in 2013, it’s time to take a closer look at how this happened.
Owner Jerry Jones made it pretty clear he wanted this change soon after the Cowboys missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
But he never made any public demands of that nature, allowing at least the appearance that head coach Jason Garrett would be making the final call. In the interim, the Cowboys signed Tony Romo to an enormous contract and said that he would have an expanded role in pretty much all areas of the organization, including the game-planning.
Though he’ll never admit it, I’m sure Romo was asked for his opinion on who should call plays in 2013. If he’d thought it was a bad idea for Callahan to take over, he could’ve voiced that to Jones. I could even envision a scenario where Garrett asked Romo to intervene on his behalf. After all, Romo now holds the biggest stick at Valley Ranch…outside of Jerry.
I believe that Romo probably agreed with Jones that a change at playcaller might not hurt. It’s not like he doesn’t trust Garrett, but it’s pretty obvious the coach has some issues with game management.
Garrett wanted to at least create the appearance that it was him who’d arrived at this decision, but that’s impossible when you have Jerry near live microphones.
Garrett was already a lame-duck coach heading into 2013 despite what Jerry recently said to the contrary. This announcement only reinforces that theory. Jones has spent the past few years constantly talking about how important it is for his head coach to call plays. His decision to remove those duties from Garrett can only be seen as a demotion.
Jimmy Johnson has always thought Garrett would be better off not calling plays. But Garrett didn’t want to take that suggestion from his mentor. Now it appears those duties have been ripped away from him.
Maybe this will provide him with an opportunity to save his job. But for now it’s just another embarrassing reminder that a lot of this is out of his hands.
Garrett has a lot of effective leadership skills. But he doesn’t have the biggest voice at Valley Ranch. After Jerry, Romo’s the man of the moment … with Callahan closing in on the outside.