• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.