IRVING, Texas -- One of the promises Jerry Jones made to then-Miami owner Wayne Huizenga in 2007 was that Jason Garrett would be calling the plays if he did not become the head coach, because the Dolphins were under no obligation to let Garrett out of his contract.
Since then Garrett has called every Cowboys play, albeit with heavy input from assistants throughout the years.
Now, he is no longer handling that role.
“I think you have to understand the progression you go through in your career,” Garrett said. “I used to play football. And then you be a coach, a position coach, then might be a coordinator. These things happen. You can’t have all of the responsibilities you had when you’re a coach. Staffs are big, responsibilities are big. It’s important to delegate the right way. We just felt it was the right time to do this. We felt like the right people in place to do it.
"We’re not interested in making change for change sake. That’s not what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to make positive change.”
Garrett may be out of the play-caller business, but he will remain in the game-planning business. He will also have veto power of sorts.
“I don’t like to use the word veto, but you always have that as a head coach,” Garrett said. “You’re in constant communication with the guys on defense and the kicking game and certainly with the guys on offense as to what we want to do. That happens in the offseason. That happens in training camp. That happens during the week of a game. That happens during a game. It’s just important that you have a healthy respect for each other and a trust in each other and the communication is always really healthy and those lines are always open going back and forth.”