Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed what most had suspected for weeks -- Jason Garrett will not be calling the plays next season. Instead, that duty will fall on offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Per Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill, Jones said he made this decision weeks ago.
The last time Callahan was this involved with an NFL offense, he was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Perhaps his most infamous moment came in Super Bowl XXXVII, when he faced his predecessor Jon Gruden. Callahan didn't change the playbook that Gruden ran, while Gruden told his defense to look for specific plays and audibles. The result was a 48-21 rout and five interceptions by Rich Gannon. It was such a drubbing that some players later accused him of sabotaging the game. He was fired one year later.
After being booted from "the dumbest team in America," Callahan went to Nebraska for four years, where he went 27-22, far below the standards of Cornhusker football. He returned to the NFL in 2008 as an assistant head coach for the New York Jets and was later hired by the Cowboys.
Garrett is still technically the head coach, but with Callahan now calling plays and quarterback Tony Romo taking a bigger role in game-planning and personnel, he's becoming further and further marginalized. He might have the hottest seat in the league when the season starts.