Who's calling the plays? It's still undecided

May, 21, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are still working on the mechanics of who'll call the offensive plays during the 2013 season.

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It's an interesting discussion given how this has turned into a bigger deal than it should be. Garrett has called plays since arriving here from the Miami Dolphins in 2007.

After last season, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said changes were needed to the offensive structure and he was leaving those decisions to Garrett.

Garrett was asked Tuesday to explain why it still hasn't been finalized.

"I think we have a pretty good plan, and we'll execute it as the offseason progresses," Garrett said.

Offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan seems like the perfect candidate because of his experience, but it seems nobody is saying the job is his. Quarterback Tony Romo has also been given more input and, while it's not expected he'll call plays himself, his influence will be felt.

The wild card is quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, who has a strong relationship with Garrett and Romo. Wilson could be telling Romo the plays through his headset on game days.

But who actually calls the plays themselves? That's another story.

"Whatever coach wants me to do, whatever role he wants me to fill, I'm more than happy to do that," Callahan said. "We're working through a lot of things right now. ...

"When that play goes in, they're all types of options that we build into the play itself. They can be checks with me, they can be packaged with another run, run-to-run, pass-to-pass. A lot of that (goes) on when the play goes in. You have to, from the people that I've spoken with around the NFL. There's a lot of teams that use that mechanism, use that procedure. That's one way of doing it."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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