- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- As the Dallas Cowboys look for ways to improve during their bye week, having coach Jason Garrett take over the play-calling duties is not one of the options.
This season is the first time since 2007 that Garrett has not called plays for the Cowboys, with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan taking over that role this season. The Cowboys are 19th in yards per game (327.8) and fourth in scoring (27.4).
With Garrett as the playcaller, the Cowboys never ranked lower than 13th in yards, and that came in 2008 when Tony Romo missed three games with a broken pinky.
“We’re not going to go down that other road,” Garrett said.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones also said Tuesday on KRLD-FM that it is not an option. But if Garrett wanted to take the role over, could he?
“Absolutely,” Garrett said.
Jones wanted Garrett to be more of a walk-around head coach this year. Jones and Garrett said the subject of play calling has been an issue since Garrett was elevated to head coach in the middle of the 2010 season. With Callahan entering his second season on the staff, they felt the time was right to give him the keys to Garrett’s offense.
There have been some positives. Romo has only six interceptions in the first 10 games. The red zone offense is more productive, as well. But the running game is worse than it was last year, and the Cowboys have had difficulty freeing up Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Garrett put the onus on the staff to figure out ways to get the offense to be more productive.
“We don’t want to overanalyze and overreact to certain situations,” Garrett said. “We’ve done some good things on offense and we like the structure we have in place. We have to, as a coaching staff, simply do a better job. Everybody. Everybody has a piece of that. We just have to do a better job helping our offense be better.”