New Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan has been questioned half to death about taking his new job. The Cowboys hired Callahan as offensive line coach following Hudson Houck’s announcement of his retirement and then added “offensive coordinator” to Callahan’s title a day later. When asked why he took the job as “offensive coordinator” with no play-calling duties, Callahan said that wasn’t important to him.
“I get a lot of self-gratification when our players play well and when we win as a team because that’s what it’s all about; it’s a team concept,” Callahan said. “You’ve got to be able to work with one another and you’ve got to be able to pull the rope together as a team and as a staff. If you’re not all headed in the same direction and your ego is too big for the room then you better check it before you walk in.”
Never was a more sincere statement spoken, but Callahan’s statement also reflects the Texas-sized ego of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Callahan knew that coming to Dallas meant he’ll have to follow instructions and keep Jones happy or he’d be run out like all the other real coaches with a backbone.
However, his statements about taking the job with no play-calling duties were indeed sincere. Callahan spent four seasons as the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 2002 and leading them to a Super Bowl. He then served as the offensive coordinator for Nebraska from 2004 through 2007, so he knows how to call offensive plays successfully.
The fact Callahan is the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator with no play-calling duties is absurd, so he will only be referred to as Dallas’ offensive line coach from this point forward. The best part is he’s not concerned with it; he’s been a play-caller and he’s been to a Super Bowl, but now he wants to win one.
“Believe me; I’m all about the team and I’ve had my time, I’ve had my days where I called plays and that’s great,” Callahan said. “But this is different; this is about trying to come together and win a world championship.”
Callahan could be the best thing to happen to the Cowboys in a long time. Even though he won’t be taking over the team’s offensive play-calling duties, his dedication to the team concept is way more important than anything else.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (who actually calls the defensive plays as his title indicates) is a fantastic coach and the players love him, but he’s admitted he’s working toward a head-coaching job. Callahan has been there and done that. Now he wants to win, no matter what his title reads in the process. The rest of the organization should buy into that concept, too, namely the man “in charge” of things.
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