February 15, 2013
On Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that the team didn't need to decide on the identity of the guy calling the plays on offense until the first preseason game this summer.
It was offensive coordinator Bill Callahan's turn to meet the media on Thursday and he got all the questions you'd imagine about the hot topic du jour in Dallas. Callahan did his best to downplay any potential tension in the topic, parroting much of what Garrett said about the play calls being a team effort.
"It's really a collaborative effort. We all do it together. I think what's important here is we as a staff continue to work hard, put the plan together, we do it in a collaborative fashion, and really, it doesn't really matter," Callahan said, via the Dallas Morning News. "I checked my ego at the door a long time ago. It doesn't matter who calls the plays. We know what the play is going to be. So there's no guesses, there's no surprises."
There's little doubt that gameplan construction involves more voices than Garrett's every week and the voice in Tony Romo's helmet is less important that a well-designed scheme. The reason this continues to be an issue for the Cowboys is that Garrett's boss said he wanted someone else to call the plays and, as of now, Garrett hasn't said that he's going along with Jerry Jones' wishes.