Whether or not head coach Jason Garrett would continue calling the Cowboys offensive plays in 2013 has gone unanswered for months, but owner/general manager Jerry Jones spilled the beans Tuesday. While initially refusing to answer the question, he let out that offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan would get play-calling duties.
Jones said the decision had been "decided weeks ago," leaving Callahan to awkwardly talk around the major change in how the Cowboys will run their offense on game days. In fact, Garrett refused to address the move.
From The Dallas Morning News:
And head coach Jason Garrett still wouldn't confirm that Callahan had been elevated to that role Tuesday.
"We have a plan," Garrett said. "No real comment beyond that."
But Callahan indicated he will have a control over making the play calls, saying, "it is a real honer and again it's a great responsibility. But it's one we all basically embrace and one I am looking forward to." He also added that Garrett "is still involved from the aspect of game planning and he's in the meetings."
"He's got an eye on the offense and rightfully so," Callahan continued. "This is his area of expertise. This is his offensive system. So I'm really honored. I'm flattered to be part of this and take on the additional responsibilities of calling plays during the course of the game."
It's been reported Jones's public efforts to make things "very uncomfortable" for Cowboys players, coaches and the status quo after a disappointing 8-8 season have included Garrett relinquishing play-calling to help him be a better in-game manager. The Cowboys are 21-19 under Garrett since he took over for a fired Wade Phillips during the 2010 season.