Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has rarely wavered on the idea of giving up play-calling, but he acknowledged Wednesday that head coach and play-caller are full-time responsibilities and that he has given up some duties.
"Ultimately you’re the head coach of the football team, so you want to make sure you give the offense, defense and kicking game equal amount of time, equal amount of attention to address those things," he said at a press conference at Valley Ranch. "And there are a ton of personnel issues that come up and a lot of other issues that you have. And there are only 24 hours in day. You want to make sure you’re doing justice to everything as you go forward. I’ve tried to delegate a lot of the different coordinator responsibilities over the last couple of years just to alleviate that, so I can pay more attention to the head coaching responsibilities that I do have.”
Garrett said he and the staff and owner Jerry Jones have talked for 2 1/2 years, since Garrett became the interim head coach in 2010 following the firing of Wade Phillips, about how to handle play-calling. Garrett was the play-caller as offensive coordinator under Phillips.
“This has been an evolution. We’re trying to balance these two things,” Garrett said, meaning keeping the effectiveness of the offense while also bringing in new ideas. “We have to play good offensive football, and we want to stay on that path. We have to get better. We have to run the football better. We have to do things better in terms of taking care of the football. We have to score more points. All those things – we don’t want to be seventh in scoring; we want to be first in scoring. We don’t want to be fourth in offense; we want to be first. All of those things. We are very aware of those things. We’ve got to get better, and we’ve got to get better in a lot of different areas.
“Scheme will help us do that. Personnel will help us do that. And we’re going to try to work through a structure where we can stay on the same path, but also benefit from the changes we’ve made on our staff.”
-- Carlos Mendez