Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will have less responsibility in 2013. Team owner Jerry Jones made it official that Garrett will no longer be calling plays, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Jerry jones confirms that jason Garrett has willingly been stripped of play calling duties.#uncomfortable— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) January 22, 2013
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, with Garrett giving up his play-calling duties, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will be in charge:
Jason Garrett isn't calling offensive plays. Bill Callahan is calling the plays.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 22, 2013
Since Garrett took over as head coach of the Cowboys in 2010, he has called all of the offensive plays. Callahan was hired prior to the start of the 2012 season, but Garrett never relinquished the play-calling duties.
After the Cowboys finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season, there was backlash against Garrett for several instances of bad late-game play-calling that hurt the team's offensive momentum.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was reportedly pushing Garrett to give up his play-calling duties earlier this month. It turns out that the owner won out in this case, which doesn't come as a surprise since he signs the paychecks.
Besides, when you have an asset like Callahan at your disposal, it makes no sense not to use him to the best of his ability. Say what you want about his past as a head coach, but when focused solely on the offense, Callahan has been terrific.
Callahan made his name with the Oakland Raiders during the Jon Gruden era. He was the offensive coordinator from 1998-2001, when Rich Gannon was one of the best quarterbacks in the league and the team was putting up nearly 400 points in the regular season.
Callahan also spent time as an assistant head coach with the New York Jets from 2008-11, including the team's back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010.