Jason Garrett willing to give up play-calling to remain in job
Although the changes certainly aren’t going to impact the NFL’s notoriously worst general manger, Dallas Cowboys’ own Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett drew caution from the wind and is trying to get his act straight a little too late. The Dallas Cowboys failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and now Jason Garrett is open to making changes to save his own skin – even if it calls for giving up his offensive play-calling duties.
"We would just talk it through," Jason Garrett hinted at a possible meeting with Jerry Jones on Wednesday. "Again, line one for me in the position that I'm in is, 'What's best for the Dallas Cowboys' in every way, shape or form, however we're doing."
Jason Garrett insisted on calling plays last season even after the Dallas Cowboys hired offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Although Jason Garrett anticipated that scenario changing one day, the 46-year-old certainly didn’t seem ready for any changes on that front earlier this week. But it’s funny how an angry boss can make you change your perspective so quickly.
After Jerry Jones appeared visibly disappointed and looking for a new direction following the Dallas Cowboys’ 8-8 record this season, Jason Garrett more at home with the idea of putting “anything and everything…on the table” during a possible discussion over the franchise’s future.
The Dallas Cowboys ranked as NFL’s third-leading passing offense and sixth-best in total offense at the end of the 2012-13 regular season. However, Jason Garrett appeared to have run the Dallas Cowboys’ running game to the ground after it ranked a dreadful 31st in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys complied for a second-lowest franchise total rushing yards since their 1960 debut season after finishing with 1.265 yards. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys tied for the third-lowest rushing yards attempts in franchise history with only 355 attempts. The Dallas Cowboys’ abysmal 2012-13 campaign also resulted in the first time in franchise history since 1989 that the team totaled less than 400 carries.
In fact, the Dallas Cowboys’ rushing attempts have gradually dropping over the last three seasons, which goes to show the lack of focus on this part of the offensive game.
"If we think collectively that something can help us in doing something different than we're doing it now – that's going to make us a better football team – I'm open to it," said Jason Garrett. "I've made no bones about that from the beginning. I just believe in that from the bottom of my heart."