Head coach Jason Garrett has served as the Dallas Cowboys playcaller since back in 2007, when he joined the team as a rookie offensive coordinator and helped lead Dallas to a 13-3 regular season record. In 2013, for the first time in half a decade, someone not named Garrett will be taking over in that department.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Garrett would be relieved of that duty moving forward, making him a so-called walk-around coach. In all likelihood, offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will take over as the playcaller, presumably allowing Garrett to operate on a “big picture” level.
Jones insisted Tuesday that this was in no way a demotion for Garrett, who will enter his third full season as the Cowboys head coach in 2013.
“It’s not a step back for Jason. It’s actually a step forward for Jason in my mind,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Make no mistake about it, when I hired Jason to come into the organization as a coach he was hired specifically for his skills for his abilities to call the plays. When he became the head coach, it was at my insistence that he continue to call the plays. It was not at Jason’s insistence.
“It is not a step back for the Cowboys or a step back individually for him to change the way we basically are putting our game plan together or are calling the plays on the offensive side of the ball. As you well know, differences in opinion can frankly be a step in a better direction.”
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