EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the first time this season, Jason Garrett was involved in the play calling even if he was not calling the plays.
The Dallas Cowboys head coach did not call the plays, but he did relay them to Tony Romo from offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. League rules prevent direct communication from the coaches booth to the quarterback.
“It was more about mechanics,” Garrett said.
Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson had been relaying the plays into Romo, but he moved to the coaches’ booth and tight ends coach Wes Phillips moved down to the field.
“Taking the plays from Bill and just talking to Tony, it’s something that I’ve done really for a long time, whether I was calling plays as an assistant coach or as a player,” Garrett said. “I’ve been in that role a lot. It’s a role I’m comfortable in.”
While Garrett may not have called the plays, it gave him a more direct way to veto calls if he felt something needed to be altered. Garrett was more involved with the Cowboys' offense in practice as well, spending more time with that unit than any other. For the first time this season he did not direct the scout team offense against the defense in red zone drills.
Romo said he did not notice a difference. In between series he talked on the headset with Callahan and Wilson.
“It went smooth,” Romo said. “To the quarterback on the field it doesn’t sound terribly different because it’s just coming in,” Romo said. “I think having another set of eyes and Wade having 85 years of experience in football helps be able to see everything.”