Random notes around the NFC East: Pros/cons of Cowboys’ new play caller, Rolle on RG3, Eagles’ TC schedule, and the Giants’ troubled offseason

Cowboys

• So we finally found out yesterday that Bill Callahan, and not Jason Garrett, will be calling the plays for the Cowboys’ offense this season. Garrett was clearly not pleased with his owner revealing the news before they absolutely had to, according to Carlos Mendez of the Star Telegram (Carlos also has more good stuff from Garrett’s presser… worth checking out):

“There is no real advantage for us to reveal who’s calling the plays explicitly, and how we’re going to do it, in early June,” Garrett said. “It’s just the way I feel about it. We have scouts who advance games, who go watch other teams play, and we try to figure out how they’re calling plays, offensively, defensively and the kicking game. We have a plan in place. We’ve had a plan in place for a long, long time. I don’t want to get into that plan much further than I already have.”

Obligatory: Jerry Jones, please live to be 150.

As far as whether or not stripping Garrett of his play calling responsibilities was the right move, I think there are arguments both ways. Garrett has had a history of terrible game management decisions, and perhaps the lightened responsibility load will enable him to think through time management situations more clearly. On the other hand, by taking away his play calling duties, it can be argued that you’re taking away something that Garrett often did well. Also of note is that Callahan hasn’t called plays at the pro level in roughly 10 years, although being a football “lifer,” I’m not sure that’s a big deal.

Doubling as the OL coach, Callahan should have the best idea of what will work and what won’t, in terms of what the Cowboys’ much maligned offensive line can/can’t handle. He can then call plays accordingly.

Giants

• Yesterday, in the comment section of my short post on JPP’s back surgery, Giants fan and frequent commentor “brisulph” said the following:

Jimmy, any chance you can pile on with all this bad news early on for the Giants? I mean, it worked out really well in 2011. I’d appreciate it.

I believe he’s referring to this. And his point is well taken. The Giants have weathered FAR worse than a couple of WRs missing voluntary camp, and a surgery in which a player might return by the start of the season.

On that note, I’d like to officially go on record with my prediction for the Giants this season…

Super Bowl Champions. Take it to the bank.

Redskins

• Last season, Giants DEs Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck went way out of their way to praise RG3, after a win over the Redskins last year. This was of course after Osi proclaimed that he would refer to RG3 as “Bob” until he proved himself. Giants safety Antrel Rolle is the latest Giants player to praise RG3. He also took a few shots at the Cowboys’ front office.

• This is a couple days old now, but Keith McMillan of the Washington Post wrote a really good piece on RG3 and Brian Orakpo, in which he notes that both are model players, and yet somehow a lot of people continually nitpick how they can be better, expecting perfection. It’s especially good because he linked to me in it. I kiiiid, I kiiid. Sort of. Keith has been awesome since taking on a bigger role at WaPo.

Eagles

• The Eagles released their training camp schedule today, which includes a trip from the Patriots to the NovaCare Complex. I’m borderline giddy about getting to see that. There will be 5 days that can be attended by fans. Those practices will be conducted at The Linc. Since Sheil already has the schedule in chart form, as well as details on how you can obtain free tickets, I’ll just send you there.

• One thing I forgot to note yesterday during my post-practice recap was Antonio Dixon, who I had a chance to speak with yesterday. In previous recaps I had noted that Dixon looks far better than he did last year. Dixon said he currently weighs 326, and wants to be down to 322 by the start of training camp. He said that at this time last year, he was right around 350.

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  26. Mick says:

    Eff you and your jinxing predictions Jimmy! More piling on!!!!!!!

    On a different note, I don’t know if you’ve taken note, but I’ve been following you here for quite some time, and probably have comments on articles ranging back close to 2 years. I’d appreciate a follow from you on Football Nation, maybe a link when I do stuff that’s worth linking to. :) Thanks in advance, and even if you don’t thanks anyway for having a site I like!

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        Until recently, I wasn’t really. I mean, I have kept my toe in the waters over the years, but went whole hog recently. I worked for a local paper many moons ago.

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  28. Mandmeisterx says:

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    1. I think what Hubbuck was talking about, just FYI, is taking work from someone else, and not referencing them, linking to them, crediting them, etc.

  29. Wasn’t the strength of Garrett’s playcalling one of the main reasons cited for him replacing Wade Philips?

    1. I don’t remember, but that sounds right. There are times when Garrett absolutely kills it as a play-caller, and the opposing defense has no idea what’s coming. He did it to the Eagles in 2009.

      Last season, they were extremely one-dimensional (title of the post won’t seem right, but look at the chart):

      http://bloggingthebeast.com/2013/04/23/with-the-7th-pick-of-the-blogging-the-beast-mock-draft-the-arizona-cardinals-select-star-lotulelei-dt-utah/

      But they had to be one-dimensional. I mean, if you CAN’T run the ball, then it doesn’t make much sense to just run into a brick wall over and over. Garrett was hamstrung by a bad OL. I wonder if the run:pass ratio was part of the reason for a change. For the record, I doubt it, but if it was, that’s a terrible reason to make him give it up.

      1. DerfDiggy says:

        It’s been pretty well documented that JG would LIKE to pass the ball to set up the run. ’09 is obviously the best evidence of that(and ’07 to a lesser extent). The pass/run ratio is still heavily skewed towards pass in those years, but it was obviously more effective. Fact is…the Cowboys couldn’t run on anyone….ANYONE, and were playing catch up in quite a few games. Which obviously limits what you can do offensively.

        I think the writing has been on the wall for quite a bit of time, and JG even mentioned potentially hiring an OC after his first year as the HC officially. I honestly don’t think it’s EVER been a problem for him. In short, I don’t think Jerry “stripped” him of it so much that JG just wanted to make sure he found a playcaller that meshed with him well. I think it’s been decided for months, and whether that’s been forced from Jerry is up for debate obviously. I don’t know nor care. The bigger hubbub should be that Jerry…once again..is being Jerry, and JG didn’t want it being revealed WHO was calling plays,,,like he said there’s no advantage whatsoever for that leaking out.

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