Jason Garrett open to changes

  • Calvin Watkins [ARCHIVE]
  • ESPNDallas.com | January 4, 2013

After failing to make the playoffs for the second straight season, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he is open to changes, including giving up play-calling duties on offense.

"We would just talk it through," Garrett said of a potential discussion with owner Jerry Jones during an appearance on KRLD-FM on Wednesday.

"Again, line one for me in the position that I'm in is what's best for the Dallas Cowboys -- in every way, shape or form, however we're doing. Anything and everything is on the table."

This line of thinking is an about-face from Monday, when Garrett said he'd "certainly anticipate the status quo" when it came to his continuing to call plays moving forward.

Jones said Wednesday morning that "it's going to very uncomfortable for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch" and that changes are coming after an 8-8 finish to the 2012 regular season.

When the Cowboys hired Bill Callahan as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach after last season, Garrett said he would still call the plays but remarked that he could one day see that changing.

The Cowboys finished with the NFL's sixth-best offense and third-best passing offense. The running game, however, was abysmal, ranking 31st.

Dallas rushed for 1,265 yards, the franchise's second-lowest total since its 1960 debut season. The Cowboys had 355 rushing attempts, tied for the third-lowest in team history; it was the first time the Cowboys didn't have more than 400 carries since 1989.

The Cowboys' rushing attempts have decreased in each of the past three seasons.

"If we think collectively that something can help us in doing something different than we're doing it now -- that's going to make us a better football team -- I'm open to it," Garrett said. "I've made no bones about that from the beginning. I just believe in that from the bottom of my heart."

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