In most cases, teams like to have their coaching staffs in place prior to the Senior Bowl. With the Cowboys not having made any changes thus far, it appears that Monte Kiffin and Bill Callahan will remain with the Cowboys. It was a little bit of a shock that the Cowboys did not replace both of these guys. As strange as it may sound to you, Callahan should have been the first to go. Why on Earth would a coordinator who’s philosophy is rooted in a different scheme be a good choice to call someone else’s offense? It does not make sense and it does not work. The Cowboys were a dink and dunk, West Coast type offense for most of the year and that does not play to their strength.
Monte Kiffin on the other hand was left with a no-win situation. The Cowboys were changing schemes and they lacked depth along the front seven, when the injuries hit, it was over. There is reason to believe that with another year and better talent that this defense could actually be good. There were games, against the Chiefs, Chargers (and you could argue the Packers) that the offense was the culprit. The two units never played well at the same time. I would much rather have Kiffin back next year than to see Bill Callahan resume his role with the team. Callahan should have never been brought here to coordinate this offense in the first place, he should have been left to work with the offensive line. The line has played well under his zone-blocking scheme.
Everybody and their mother believes that promoting Rod Merinelli to defensive coordinator would solve everything. That’s not really the case at all, he would essentially run the same defense. Sure it might be a little different – but not much. The defense is lacking playmakers across the board, the Safety position is lacking a playmaker, the D-line, the Cornerbacks, and they need Linebacker depth desperately. With a solid draft geared towards the defense and picking solid, cost-effective free-agents, the defense will be a lot better.
The offense on the other hand had a lot of the same problems with abandoning the run, while losing it’s explosiveness. The offense took a step back and Callahan was the only difference from the year prior.
The bottom line is both of these coordinators should have been fired, however Callahan should have been the first to go.