The Cowboys’ own version of “The Decision” – whose going to call plays – has been made.
It’s offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
Owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that the play-calling duties were settled “weeks ago,” and he said Callahan is an ideal fit for the job.
“I like the coordinator – the play-caller if you will – I like for him to have a background focused in the interior and focused in the protections and focused in the blocking for the running game. I think that’s a great way to get there as a coordinator,” Jones told reporters after an OTA practice at Valley Ranch.
Callahan said he would be “honored” to take over the keys to head coach Jason Garrett’s offense.
“Jason has placed a lot of trust in the staff,” Callahan said. “He is still involved in the game planning and in the meetings, and rightfully so. He is the head coach. This is his area of expertise. This is his system. So I’m really honored. I’m flattered to be part of this and take on the addition al responsibilities of calling the plays in the course of the game.”
Jones said Callahan’s influence is already being seen during the OTA practices.
“The big deal is, if you’ve been looking at practice, you can get a pretty good idea of how it’s going there, see Bill very involved in what we’re doing out there,” Jones said.
Garrett didn’t want to talk about the decision. He said it would be a competitive disadvantage for the Cowboys if other teams know so early in the offseason who is calling plays.
“My job is to do what is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “That’s how I proceed every day, and that’s how I answer every question. We’re focused on what we’re doing here with the Dallas football Cowboys today, in OTA Day 8, we have a plan in place, and we’ll continue to proceed with that plan.”
-- Carlos Mendez