There is an old adage that too many cooks spoil the stew. The Dallas Cowboys obviously do not believe that saying to be true.
There were a lot of questions this past season over who was really in charge of the offensive play calling. Bill Callahan had the title of offensive coordinator, but half way through the season, Jason Garrett started having Callahan relay the plays to him, and Garrett would relay the play to QB Tony Romo. Garrett repeatedly said that “Callahan was still in charge of play calling,” but if that was the case, then why have the plays relayed through Garrett?
Garrett and Callahan were not alone in criticism of the offense; Romo faced his share of it as well. Romo was given more freedom to change plays at the line, which led to questionable decisions on his part. The three never seemed to be in sync. The Cowboys’ offense just never clicked the way many expected it to. The lack of productivity led to some dissention and finger pointing among the three.
The Cowboys’ solution to fix the offense is to add another cook to the already crowded offensive kitchen. Scott Linehan has been hired to be Dallas’ new offensive play caller and passing game coordinator; Linehan was the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions this past season. Even with the addition of Linehan, Dallas still intends to keep Bill Callahan, possibly to be the offensive line coach, and run game coordinator.
So, the Cowboys will go into the 2014 season with head coach Garrett, run game coordinator Callahan, passing game coordinator Linehan, and a quarterback coming off his second back surgery in as many years all having some level of say in what plays are ran. They say too many cooks spoil the stew. Dallas has too many cooks in their offensive kitchen, and they are in danger of spoiling a stew that was not that tasty to begin with.