IRVING -- The cat-and-mouse game that the Cowboys have been playing with their offensive play-calling duties this week have been downright comical at times.
"We'll probably play a preseason game in early August, and hopefully we'll have it all worked out by them," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on Friday.
"It doesn't matter who calls the plays," said Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. "We know what the play is going to be."
"The only part that makes sense - that I can explain - is the defense thing they did overnight with Rob Ryan. They had to decide, 'Are we going to go to a 4-3? Because if we are, we've got to get a new coordinator,'" said Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw. "The offensive change, as Jason said, is more subtle."
Subtle or not, one thing is clear: With all the coaching changes, it certainly appears as if though the former coaches are the ones taking all the blame for the lack of success, and not the players, who are actually the ones who didn't perform.
"I think that's usually the case in the NFL and it's usually the case here, and I even think Jerry, in his own way, gets too much blame because his role as a GM, strange as it is, if you just blame everything on that, it allows the players and the coaches to kind of skate, and you can say, 'Oh well, it's Jerry,'" Cowlishaw said.
"There is enough blame to go around," said Cowboys' Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. "I'm not the one to be sitting here throwing more salt on an open wound; there is enough blame to go around. The bottom line is, the problem needs to get fixed."
"Blame is a funny word. I think that unfortunately, when there is not more success, people lose their jobs," said Cowboys' Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. "What happened, in my opinion, is really good coaches were asked to leave, and some really good coaches were brought back in. I think the issues of how they get better go beyond just whatever is taking place within the staff."
Aikman said fewer injuries and a few key additions might be enough to get them over the top.