Say what you want about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but you can’t call him a liar. Actually that may not be true as he’s more of a flip-flopper, but he promised change this off-season, and he has delivered on that promise.
Today Jones – who else? – announced that Bill Callahan would be the one calling the plays for the Cowboys offense next season.
It’s the one change every Cowboys fan had begged for throughout the season and after the season, now they’ve finally gotten it. And it should make for one heck of a scapegoat should the Cowboys not make the playoffs next season. The blame game will be out in full force over Jason Garrett, Monte Kiffin and Callahan if there isn’t any progress in ‘the process.’
For now though, let’s focus on the present, where Jason Garrett will no longer be calling plays on offense, and that should be good news to every Cowboys fan. As much as I believe in Garrett as the head coach of the Cowboys, he didn’t seem to handle the responsibility as play-caller as well as I expected, which is fine. The important thing is that the problem has been fixed and the Cowboys can move on. Jason Garrett can now move onto becoming a better coach than he’s been in his first two seasons.
From what we’ve seen so far, Garrett’s strengths are dealing with, motivating and installing toughness in his players and this move allows him to build on those strengths. Some of his weaknesses include clock and game day management, so this change is going to make him a better coach and the Dallas Cowboys are going to be a better team because of it.
It doesn’t matter if you like Bill Callahan as the main man calling the plays or if you wanted someone else to do it, the point is the Cowboys had to have someone besides Garrett calling plays. I like the mixing of philosophies between Garrett’s and Callahan’s systems and the Cowboys have enough offensive talent on the field to make it work. As I’ve said before, a new perspective and a fresh outlook for this Dallas offense is not a bad thing. Garrett and Callahan can work together to put in a system that has principle’s of both their schemes to make for an exciting offense.
None of the changes the Cowboys make on offense will matter, however, if the Cowboys don’t do a better job of blocking for their running backs and protecting Tony Romo. That is priority number for the Cowboys – build a better offensive line. If they can do that, my guess is both Jason Garrett and Bill Callahan will look like geniuses. I suppose Jerry Jones will too.
Which is always the best case scenario, because when Jerry is happy, it means the Cowboys are winning.
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