The Dallas Cowboys are keeping embattled coordinators Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin, but head coach Jason Garrett didn’t promise they would return in the same roles.
“We’ll keep looking at how we can be better as a staff and what roles everybody’s in and what we’re asking them to do,” Garrett said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, when asked if he had to be convinced by owner Jerry Jones to keep the veteran assistants for another year. “But those guys are really good football coaches.”
Speaking a day earlier, Jones said he did not feel as inclined this year to make major staff changes as he did last year, when he brought in Kiffin to change the defensive scheme to a 4-3 and also declared that Callahan would take over play-calling from Garrett.
Garrett sidestepped the idea that Kiffin and Callahan wouldn’t have returned.
“Those guys are under contract. We feel good about that,” he said. “We’re always going to try to do things that are in the best interest of our football team. … We’ll keep looking at what everyone’s roles are and however it settles down.”
Callahan and Kiffin are both at the Senior Bowl as part of the Cowboys’ contingent. They both said Monday they know of no changes in their roles.
However, Garrett has his own job security issues after three consecutive 8-8 years. But he said he thinks only about improving the team.
“I’m focused on doing my job and our staff’s job as well as we can do it,” he said. “That’s always been my approach in this game as a player and as a coach, and that’s what I’m focused on. The business side takes care of itself. We’ve got to do a better job to break through and become the team we want to be.”
Asked how close the Cowboys are to breaking through, Garrett said, “Well, we just have to simply get better. We’ve been close the last three years, as we all know — opportunity in that last game of the season to win our division; the last two years, it’s a 2-minute drive away from winning our division, and we didn’t get that done. And we have to live with that reality, and we have to look at the things that are positive and build on them and correct the other things.
“This is one of the real early stages of correcting the other things, trying to add personnel to our team that can make a difference to help us get to the next level.”