What He Said
Jason Garrett spoke for about an hour and provided a ton of quotable material. However, instead of quoting everything newsworthy, I’d like to just recap the basis of what was said.
For all intents and purposes, you can count me among the few that believe that Garrett had a very large part in hiring this particular staff.
The first 25 minutes of the presser was spent talking about the immense respect that Garrett has for Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli. Those relationships stemmed from his playing days and he provided many stories supporting the stories.
Garrett made sure to let everyone know that Kiffin and Marinelli were big reasons that Garrett is the football mind that he is today.
After the first 25 minutes of expressing his reasoning for hiring the new coaches, he fielded questions.
The biggest question, of course, was about play calling. That situation hasn’t cleared up any. Garrett kept insisting that the team will continue to call plays in a “collective effort” and that there is no urgency to name a play caller.
Garrett continues to talk about the “mechanics” of the offensive game planning and said that Bill Callahan and all the offensive coaches all had a big hand in securing that game plan.
For the most part, Garrett left much be to desired after his presser. However, I believe if he did anything, he convinced the more level-headed media guys and fans that this is still his team and he’s preparing it for the long-term.
What Questions Remain
Like I said earlier, serious questions remain about who will be calling the plays offensively.
Garrett is a competent head coach and offensive coordinator but he isn’t competent at both. He kept talking about Norv Turner and Sean Payton having success doing both, but he has to realize he is not one of those guys.
For better or worse, Garrett is a head coach. I believe he can thrive as one but if he continues to place all his effort into the offense then he’ll find he’s going to be unsuccessful throughout his career.