So what attracted new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to the Cowboys?
He doesn’t have a personal connection to head coach Jason Garrett or owner Jerry Jones. But he had worked with quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, and running backs coach Skip Peete is the brother of Skip Peete, who played quarterback for him in Philadelphia.
Callahan laid out the reasons Dallas appealed to him during a press conference Thursday at Valley Ranch:
“The ownership, No. 1,” Callahan said. “You’re looking at a great owner, who all he cares about is winning. All he wants to do is win, and I’m all about that. And the commitment that he makes to winning, I think is second to none, in so many ways. The stadium itself. And over the years, I’ve heard nothing but great things from the coaches and the players who came out of the Dallas franchise. So that was extremely attractive.”
Callahan said the Cowboys offense is tempting for any coach to get his hands on.
“Obviously, with Tony, you’re looking at one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” he said. “The two young backs, these two guys, the way they complement each other, that was exciting to see.”
Callahan had a chance to keep a close eye on the Cowboys because not only did his former team, the Jets, play the Cowboys in Week 1, the Jets also played many of the Cowboys’ opponents.
“We had a chance to see them throughout the year because of the AFC East and the crossover with the NFC East,” he said. “It was great to see this team roll and see their receivers and Austin and Dez and Witt, all those guys did great. That’s the exciting aspect of this job. All those pieces are in place. You’re always trying to get better. Now it’s just a matter of shoring up the offensive line, continuing to improve that aspect of these young players and their development and again, get in this playoff and try to take a run at it.”
-- Carlos Mendez