Is it me or do the Dallas Cowboys look like they are treading closer and closer to changing into an insane asylum? As many of the fans know by now, the Dallas Cowboys have officially demoted offensive coordinator Bill Callahan and former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Their replacements will work side by side with them next season, which could be kind of awkward. Give it to the Owner and General Manager, Jerry Jones, for creating such madness.
First off, Bill Callahan was never a great fit here in the first place. Callahan maybe a good offensive line coach, but as the Cowboys offensive play caller he was terrible. It wasn’t his fault; he was calling a different kind of offense that he isn’t used to. So the best thing to do is to let him go and find a replacement that can work with Head Coach Jason Garrett. They did the first part in naming Scott Linehan as the new passing game coordinator and play-caller next season. He is a guy that fits what Garrett wants in his offense and the two are good friends. The bad thing is they still kept Callahan and blocked other teams from trying to interview him. It makes no sense to force Callahan to stay as it is clear to everyone he doesn’t want to stay.
The defensive side of the ball was a much better solution, but still puzzling. Kiffin was demoted from being the defensive coordinator and replaced by longtime friend and current defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. Marinelli has a proven track record of recent success with the Tampa-2 and so it was a good choice to promote him. Yet, the franchise decided not to fire Kiffin, but to give him a ceremonial title of assistant head coach/defense. That doesn’t even make sense does it? The question is can Marinelli focus on the job with his mentor on the side looking over?
These are troubling moves by the franchise and hopefully they payoff. Yet, it seems that Jones and Garrett have assembled too many people and there doesn’t seem to be enough chairs in the office. Let’s hope the personnel moves are much more streamlined than the coaching ones.