It’s never a good sign when the owner is calling the shots. Owner Jerry Jones, the self appointed general manager said Tuesday that Bill Callahan will be calling the plays for the Dallas Cowboys offense next season.
Coach Jason Garrett had been calling the plays, but since the season ended on a sour note, Jones moved in to shake things up. Along with the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, this was a major blow to Garrett, and it sets up a showdown that could quickly become a parting of ways.
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Jones stated that Garrett wouldn’t be the offensive play caller any longer, and that offensive coordinator/line coach Bill Callahan would take over the duty.
Callahan, before working for the Cowboys was the offensive line coach for the New York Jets, but he didn’t call plays there. However, Callahan called plays as a head coach for the Oakland Raiders in the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
The bigger twist is if this is enough to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Garrett has had his staff ravaged and replaced by Jones, including targeting Garrett’s brother John, who left to take a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before he was to be fired.
The school of thought is that Jones is trying to force Garrett out without looking like a firing, preferring an amicable parting of ways.