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It wasn’t at all surprising when Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones came out in support of head coach Jason Garrett shortly after the end of yet another disappointing season. He had said several weeks earlier that he’d made that decision, so like it or not, it didn’t come as any shock.
A little more surprising is that, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora, Jones is also set to stick with offensive coordinator Bill Callahan as the team’s playcaller in 2014.
In 2013, his first year as playcaller, Callahan oversaw the fifth best scoring offense in the league. But they were in the middle of the pack (16th, to be specific) where total offense was concerned and down the stretch, some serious questions of game management cropped up.
The worst instance of this mismanagement--and there were a few solid candidates--came in Week 15’s loss to the Packers at home. After going into half up 26-23, and with DeMarco Murray running well (he had 11 carries and 93 yards at half), they completely abandoned the ground game. Murray ran the ball just seven more times, allowing Green Bay to climb back in it and ultimately edge Dallas for an improbable 37-36 victory.
We’re still scratching our heads over that one, but apparently, Jones has seen something that leads him to believe Callahan is (still) the right man for the job.
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