The recent Dallas Cowboys coaching changes for the 2014 NFL season were not made by owner and general manager Jerry Jones. According to ESPN on Feb. 1, it was head coach Jason Garrett who made the big changes with the blessing of Jones and the Cowboys' organization.
This is a huge change for the Cowboys as it is the first time since Bill Parcells was head coach that Jerry Jones did not have a hand in the coaching positions. However, it was not all Garrett's choices because Jerry Jones shot down the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner before singing off on the latest changes.
According to Cowboys' vice president Stephen Jones, they wanted to give Garrett all the authority to make his changes when the season ended. It is clear this is Garrett's last chance to prove he deserves the job as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach and credit has to be given to Jerry Jones to give him a chance to make or break his career with his own decisions.
While the Cowboys have disappointed fans for three years in a row now, losing the final game of the season each year to miss out on the playoffs by the one loss. However, blaming Garrett was hard this year since he was coaching a staff that Jerry Jones built in the offseason. Now, if Dallas loses in 2014, it will be under Garrett's coaches and everyone will likely end up fired.
The biggest move that Garrett made was hiring former Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator and St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan to call the plays in 2014. Garrett coached with Linehan at the Miami Dolphins when Nick Saban was the head coach there.
This angered Bill Callahan, but Dallas refused to let him leave, blocking teams from interviewing him. According to Stephen Jones, Dallas refuses to let him walk despite demoting him. Also demoted was defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, but he remains with his own protege Rob Marinelli.