Jason Garrett Stripped of Play-calling Duties

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will no longer call the team’s offensive plays, owner Jerry Jones told reporters today.

“It is not a step back for the Cowboys or a step back for (Garrett) individually to change the way that we are basically putting our game plan together or calling the plays on the offensive side of the ball,” Jones said, according to USA Today. “I’m assessing the fact that two and a half seasons with Jason as the head coach, we need to do some things different.”

It’s safe to assume various beat writers and columnists will rip this apart over the next few days, but one of the first reactions out the gate is from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal:

It makes no sense on a number of levels. Essentially, Jones is neutering his head coach. [Offensive line coach, possible saboteur  Bill] Callahan doesn’t have a long history as a play-caller and is more familiar with the running game. It’s almost like he’s trying to make Garrett quit.

Jones went into the offseason wanting change for the sake of change. Monte Kiffin was a curious hire as defensive coordinator. If Jones wanted to go this far, he should have just fired Garrett at the end of the season.


  • Framton

    I have no problem at all with this move, and I’m even a supporter (though not without reservations) of the Garrett regime. Plenty of head coaches don’t call plays, so to say that the move “neuters” Garrett seems to be more of a public perception thing than a football thing. Also, given that Garrett’s biggest deficiency as a play-caller (and there were multiple) was his lack of commitment to the running game, I don’t see how that being Callahan’s forte is a bad thing.

    The questionable decision this offseason was firing Rob Ryan to hire Monte Kiffin. The ability to adjust to different offensive approaches at USC was not there, and even if the depth chart comes out looking all right in a 4-3 (and actually, it kind of does), I can’t help but think we’re going to diminish Ware and potentially Spencer’s value by shifting them to the line.