Herm Edwards: Jason Garrett should call plays

ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Herm Edwards, as usual, had some strong opinions about what the Dallas Cowboys should do to try and fix their problems during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Fitzsimmons and Durrett."

Here's what he had to say ...

On the play-calling conundrum:

“If I’m Jason Garrett, I’m calling the plays. That’s Jason Garrett’s strength. That’s what he does. That’s why he was hired, because he was a good play-caller. Let’s not lose sight of that now. By the way, he is the head coach: 'I get to call the shots.' Now what’s Jerry going to do, fire him because he wants to call the plays, ‘OK, then fire me. I’m calling the plays.’ ...

“He sits there with the whistle, with the hat. He stands out in front of the media and has to talk after the game – before Jerry gets to them. And the players know. And that’s the hard part because you don’t give the head coach a lot of authority. You’re taking his authority away.

"Coaches know. And here’s the problem: When you’re winning, it goes unseen. When you start losing, guess what? Those coaches are talking about, ‘Well, Jerry hired me. I’m Jerry’s guy.’ All that conversation gets going when you’re losing. Players start pointing fingers. That’s part of it too. We don’t see it right now because it’s the off-season. But I’ll tell you what, you get off to a slow start, and you start losing games at the end when you’re trying to make a playoff run, all that stuff will come out. I guarantee you, we’ll be talking about that.”

On the offseason changes to the coaching staff:

“Rod Marinelli is going to do a lot of the hard work. I think he’s one of the best defensive line coaches in the National Football League. That was a great hire, when he hired Rod. That was the key to me. That was the whole key for Monte (Kiffin) because Rod knows the system as well as Monte. Monte will tweak some things and do some things. But Rod Marinelli will have a big hand on this defense along with Monte.”