One of the story lines hovering over the Dallas Cowboys' offseason has been Jerry Jones' declaration that he was going to make things "very uncomfortable" for those working at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters.
Signs of Jones' discontent with the team's second straight 8-8 season and lack of a playoff berth since 2009 started to show in the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and/or exit of several assistant coaches including running back coach Skip Peete, special teams coach Joe DeCamillas and even tight ends coach John Garrett, the brother of head coach Jason Garrett.
Was Jerry or Garrett calling the shots on these coaching changes? And would Garrett lose some of his game-day responsibilities?
Early reports ranged from Jones insisting that Garrett give up play-calling duties, to the owner/general manager almost conceding that offensive line coach Bill Callahan would assume those duties. Then the Cowboys and Garrett grew very quiet about the situation.
On Tuesday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters that Garrett was the man to ask about the play-calling question. “At some point Jason will address that,” Jones said. A few hours later the Cowboys’ PR staff announced that Garrett would hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Would the off-season's biggest question be answered? After filibustering for more than half an hour of his press conference before answering questions, Garrett's revelation was a big maybe.
Garrett's non-committal sound bites included "working through the mechanics" of trying to involve Callahan more into coaching the offense because he would have no problem giving up those responsibilities. Garrett also pointed to the NFL's successful teams whose head coaches call plays including Green Bay, New Orleans and Houston.
The "decision" could come as late as mid-August.