The names have changed, as has the title, but the role remains the same. Bill Callahan has replaced Hudson Houck as the Cowboys' offensive line coach. He also arrived with the title of offensive coordinator, but he will have basically the same role that Houck did last season.
Callahan will be the running-game coordinator, and tight ends coach John Garrett will continue to coordinate the passing game.
Jason Garrett said Thursday he could envision a day when he doesn't call the plays, but for now, he wants to retain the chemistry he has with quarterback Tony Romo. Romo had a career-high 102.5 passer rating, while passing for 4,184 yards and 31 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
"Our quarterback played awfully well this year, had probably the best year of his career. so there’s a comfort level that we’ll want to make sure we maintain in that area," Garrett said. "..We had a couple of bumps at different stages of the season, but at the end of the day, you say, 'Boy, he had an outstanding year,' and we want to continue that development, continue his growth in this system and make sure that he and the other guys who have been around here have a certain comfort level with what we’ve been doing.
"When you get a chance to add a guy like Bill Callahan it’s a really, really positive thing for you. so we’ll keep going down the road that we have, and hopefully at some point, there’s a comfort level that we’ll turn it over to somebody else."
Callahan was the offensive line coach for the strong offensive teams of the Philadelphia Eagles in the mid-1990s. He was the offensive line coach for the 2000 Raiders who led the NFL in rushing and the the head coach for the 2002 Raiders who reached the Super Bowl behind the league’s top passing offense.
Callahan has called plays. He can call them again, he said. But he’ll do whatever he can to help Garrett.
“Anything that I can do to lighten the load on Jason, we’ve talked about that,” Callahan said. “And I’ve indicated that to him in so many ways. Anything that I can do, game day, during the week, at practice, with the unit, to take any type of load off of him, I’m there for him. I want to be able to serve the head coach.”
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