Is There More Than Meets the Eye Behind the Dallas Cowboys’ Retention of Bill Callahan?
On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys made the Scott Linehan hiring official.
Linehan will be the team’s passing game coordinator and will replace Bill Callahan as the team’s play caller. Callahan, however, will remain as the team’s offensive coordinator.
There have been reports that the move didn’t sit well with Callahan, who for all intents and purposes, has been demoted. I can’t say that I disagree with the move because let’s face it; Callahan didn’t do a very good job at play calling.
That being said, however, I don’t agree with Jerry Jones’ decision to keep a disgruntled Callahan on the coaching staff, unless there is more to it than meets the eye. I mean, I understand that Callahan is a very good offensive line coach. I get it. Callahan’s done a good job in turning the Cowboys offensive line into one of the team’s strengths, as evident by Pro Football Focus’ ranking of the Cowboys’ offensive line as the fourth best in the NFL.
And, to add insult to injury, the Cowboys also turned down the Cleveland Browns’ request to interview Callahan for their offensive coordinator vacancy. It was also reported that the Baltimore Ravens requested an interview with Callahan, and while there hasn’t been an official statement from the Cowboys, I’m assuming the answer was also, “no.”
If you recall, reports surfaced last week that head coach Jason Garrett wanted to bring in Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator last season, but Jones decided against it, and instead went with Callahan. Then there have also been reports that Callahan and Garrett butted heads about the direction in which the offense was headed.
So, when I put one and one together, the only reasons I can come up with for keeping Callahan on the staff are because, one: he is a Jones guy, and two: as a back up plan in the event that Garrett doesn’t survive the season or doesn’t get a contract extension. While it may seem far-fetched, with Jones in charge of things, I’ve learned to never say never.