The Dallas Cowboys Play Caller Circus

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Until you know all of those factors it is impossible to clearly define someone’s play calling. So now this brings me to the point. If Jason Garrett’s play call from the 12 formation has Jason Witten running a curl, and Bill Callahan’s has James Hanna running a curl, what is the difference between the 2 play calls from that formation? If you said execution, congratulations because you are now saying the same thing the players and coaches are saying. There is a reason why they say this and it has nothing to do with protecting each other. They say it because it is literally true.

That is why Tony Romo spent a portion of his recent Press Interviews telling the media that they really just do not matter. I am sure many of them were hurt by this comment, but how exactly was he wrong? Writers seem to think that a play call is something like this. “Throw it to Dez at the 20 yard line, go!” That’s playground or sandlot football. The NFL is nothing like that at all. It is a science and an athletic event all rolled into one. Each play is a microcosm of the entire game, a tile in a mosaic that creates a picture.

May 21, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) participates in drills during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

So the question must be asked, what constitutes a bad play caller then? Continued failure is definitely an indication. I don’t see how anyone can define the Cowboys in that classification then if you look at the stats they are capable of. Has it been good enough yet? No, of course not, but the players and coaches are telling all of us they need to execute better. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time we listen to what they have to say given their experience with this great game.

What it amounts to from the media standpoint is a desire to have a paparazzi type scandal they can imagine and write about. That’s why so many of the questions directed at Jason Garrett, when he finally opened up about Callahan calling the plays, were probing for an undercurrent of dissension. This is ridiculous, but it is the state of media in today’s day and age where circulation is no longer the goal and traffic clicks are. The more sensational they can make the story, the more people are going to read it and the responses and give the media outlet income from the traffic. Somewhere Jim Murray and Grantland Rice are turning over in their graves at the current state of journalism and Blackie Sherrod is scatter shooting about how much things have changed. Years ago people read newspapers because guys like those could write their butts off. Today we read TMZ wannabes trying to create scandals if they don’t have one.

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