Dallas Cowboys Play-Caller: Biggest Non-Story of the Offseason

“When Jerry Jones speaks, you better be in the room.” That is what Nick Eatman was told by Mickey Spagnola when he was first brought on to the DallasCowboys.com team in the early 2000’s. The one question that has been hanging over Valley Ranch like a crazy Aunt who just won’t go home after the Holidays has been answered; well sort of.

May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (L to R) offensive line coach Bill Callahan and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson watch a drill during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones was asked the question once again during OTA’s this past week and he stated that if you look out onto the practice field you will see that Bill Callahan is taking on a bigger role. As soon as that came out of Jerry’s mouth this local media circus swarmed the Offensive Coordinator and baited him into actually believing it was out of the bag; to which he stated that he was honored and officially named himself the Dallas Cowboys’ new play-caller. Then like vultures to a rotting animal the pundits swooned in on Jason Garrett to add fuel to the fire. In all honesty, Jason Garrett handled the heat pretty well and said:

“My job is to do what is in best interest of The Dallas Cowboys so that’s how I proceed every day and that’s how I answer every question. So again, 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 will proceed with that plan.”

Now Jason Garrett did seem to have some frustration with the questioning, because frankly he would rather be answering questions regarding the progress this team is making through these practices. Jason goes on to be masterful in his way of answering questions or not answering them which is absolutely hilarious. Jason Garrett is from the “Bill Belichick School of Coaching” when it comes to interviews. He doesn’t want anything leaking that could have a 1% chance of giving up any competitive advantage and that is a commendable trait with this Head Coach.

This story has been so mind-boggling of how big it has become since January when nobody really cares who is calling the plays. It’s not like this team is going to a complete 180 flip with their playbooks. This is Jason Garrett’s team and Jason Garrett’s playbook, and it will continue to be that way regardless of what these over-exaggerating and mind-numbing groups of media folks think.

I don’t mean to say that nothing will change, because that is just an imprecise way of looking at this picture. Bill Callahan will definitely have his technique and way of calling plays but Jason Garrett will still be the Head Honcho and ultimately the final say on Gameday. What Callahan will do is probably focus on fixing the red-zone woes that have plagued them for the past few seasons. He will be assisting in game management and timeout situations. His biggest contribution will be the implementation of the 12 and 13 formation sets along with focusing on making significant improvements with this Offensive Line play.

Those are the real points of the story not the person calling the plays, not the undermining of a Head Coach. No matter how you slice it Jerry Jones is the Owner and General Manager, and he has always operated with the idea that any attention is positive for his Dallas Cowboys. In a way he is absolutely correct; it was that train of thought that led to him creating a $2 Billion Sport’s Franchise and helped really live that “America’s Team” moniker that was given to this team in the early 70’s. Just because these two in Jones and Garrett are different; doesn’t mean they can’t coexist and work well together.

This is not an Organization that is mismanaged, dysfunctional, or disorganized; no matter how many times that story is published. This is an organization that is plagued by the same tool that has made it one of the greatest franchises in NFL History; popularity. None of the other 32 teams in the NFL are drawing this much buzz regarding someone who doesn’t really control the outcome of the game. The New Orleans Saints are having a play-caller dilemma right now, nobody gives a whiff! Only the Dallas Cowboys draw the media to continue to try and destroy the very idea of any possible optimism in absolute ridiculous fashion. The play-caller will not determine how many games these Dallas Cowboys will win this year, the execution of these plays will.

I have preached execution all offseason long and will continue to do so because that is the real meat and potatoes in this discussion ladies and gentleman. There are many factors such as health and commitment that will also affect the outcome but execution trumps all. This team has had issues in the red-zone so they grabbed another running-back with a complete skill set, and grabbed a 6’5 pass catching demon tight end to add that advantage on the shrunken portion of the field. Callahan will do his diligence in trying to run the ball more efficiently in that area; and that’s all you can ask.

The Biggest Non-Story of the Offseason, which is what this has become. A constant circus of meddling and undermining that the masses are unfortunately reading on a daily basis. The players on this team know who their Coach is and have proven to play awfully hard for him in the past. They have come up short on a few notable occasions but 8-8 can become 10-6, or 11-5 or maybe even 12-4 for the optimists like me. More dedication to the execution and creating the right kind of tempo and atmosphere is the right recipe for success for these Dallas Cowboys. The media can keep writing these stories of Emperor Jerry Jones and his totalitarian style of management; but it’s just what it is; hoopla and bologna.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones

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  • John

    Nice post!

  • Conrad Lark

    12-4 Bro. That was my prediction on May 17th.

    • David Storer

      I Am with you. 12-4. And nfc championship

  • Sharks Breath

    You couldn’t be more wrong. Jason may be from the school of Bill but his owner isn’t running the Cowboys like the Patriots.

    If your claim to fame is play calling and the owner takes that away from you. Then what purpose are you serving. It’s not for your leadership skills. Who would follow Garrett through a wall. It’s not for you in game coaching decisions. they have been horrible. Time Management. Nope. Getting your team to succeed under pressure. Nope. Having a great game plan. Nope.

    The only reason Garrett is still here is because JJ doesn’t want to admit hiring him was a failure. That day is coming.

    It amazes me how many writers or people continue to act as if Garrett has shown anything from his 7 years being with the Cowboys.

    7 years. He was calling plays for 6 of those and just lost that job.

    The reason it’s a big story is the exact opposite of why you say it isn’t.

    First let’s deal with reality. If it wasn’t a big story why are you writing about it.

    Second. The reason it is a big story is because Garrett once again tried to play Belichick and JJ let everything be known what Garrett didn’t want to be known.

    I guess you have never worked at a dysfunctional office where the head doesn’t know what the ass is doing.

    Well. If there was a picture in the dictionary of dysfunctional you could put a picture of JJ and Garrett next to it. Just more proof slapping those in the face who want to deny reality.

    He’s a dead man walking.

    If you think the Cowboys are going 12-4 your insane. There is an article on this site that lists a number of mental illnesses Cowboys fans are suffering from. Please. GO read it fast and get help.

    I was where you guys were at. Until 2008. After the Cowboys 2008 draft I knew I had learned more form Parcel’s than the owner. After that draft I realized JJ doesn’t know what the hell he is doing.

    Please. Get some help.

    • Michael Sisemore

      I didn’t say they were going to be 12-4 I just state it’s not outside the realm of possibility, I take issue with you telling me to get help when it seems like you have the problem with listening to everything you hear, those guys who write what you like to read have their opinions and I have given mine just relax go take a shower or drink a beer

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    To say the Cowboys is not mismanaged really deserves no comment except to say the writer must have had his head in the sand the last fifteen years. Obviously the writer was not around during the Landry days. The Cowboys were America’s team then and although the sport was not as popular as it is today the Cowboys were the most popular team in the NFL team during that period of time and were inundated with hatred and hoopla. The Landry teams overcame all of that and were still successful. Thus, I don’t buy the theory that their problem is due to being in the spotlight. It doesn’t matter if JJ built a 200 Billion Franchise he is still inept as a manager of the team. Maybe the writer was just telling a joke….I hope so.

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