Listening to Dallas Cowboys assistant head football coach to the general manager deliver a state of the staff on Wednesday afternoon was almost painful. Not since the State of the Union and the GOP rebuttal have so many words been spoken without anything actually having been said.
You can't blame Jason Garrett, though. The man has had his knees cut out from under him by the real head coach of this franchise. If Garrett is able to keep this team playing hard for him the way he has in the previous two years it will be a great achievement.
Garrett would not specifically say ... well, anything, but it does sound as if Bill Callahan will be this team's play caller in 2013. Garrett threw out some BS about how this process has evolved over the years, and this has been a collective exercise.
"My respect for him is off the charts," Garrett said of Callahan.
It should be noted Coach Process expressed similar respect for Skip Peete and Rob Ryan. Both of those guys were fired this offseason.
Apparently the play calling has always been a collective thing since Coach Process became the head coach. This is an outstanding way of sharing the blame. Bill Parcells was one of the best at this.
Garrett would not say whether he will call plays next season, but all signs point to Callahan carrying that responsibility with Garrett as the final say. That's not completely atypical for a lot of offenses.
This whole play-calling thing is a giant mask for this team's real problems - the talent level isn't high enough. Both lines have been weak, and the depth isn't there.
"We trust the offense and we're pretty confident we'll get it right," Garrett said.
At this point, he is strictly in the minority.
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