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Mailbag: Garrett’s Influence? TE Draft Depth?

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We see other head coaches around the league call plays and Jason Garrett used to do it himself. Do you recall why Garrett moved away from that a few years ago, and is it possible he’ll have more influence this time around, even if one of his assistants is named OC? - MIKE S / PLANO, TX

Bryan: There was worry that Garrett’s game management suffered while he was the play-caller. There is no question that he’ll have influence over Kellen Moore. Regardless who the player-caller is the head coach should always have the final say in the play that’s sent in. It’s also the job of the head coach to alert him his thoughts on going for it on fourth down to be ready with a play. 

Rob: It’s possible Garrett is more involved even if he’s not the primary play-caller. Although Jerry Jones did not make an announcement about offensive coordinator during his radio interview Wednesday night, he did hint at Kellen Moore possibly taking that role – and he added that Garrett is a “great safety net” for the Cowboys’ young offensive staff. Garrett did become more of a walk-around coach in 2013, but I think the defense is on very stable ground with Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard running things.

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Is there a tight end you think will be available somewhere in the second round that you project better than Blake Jarwin in 2019, or will all of them require time to get past where Jarwin finished 2018? - LANDON CABELL

Bryan: So far from what I’ve seen it’s a deep group of tight ends in this draft, so that shouldn’t be a problem whether they take one in rounds 2-4. Adding one to this current group would be the absolute right thing to do. 

Rob: Fair question. We saw with Dalton Schultz – a fourth-rounder a year ago – that it took some time to adjust. I think Jarwin’s got a lot of ability, particularly as a pass-catcher. But if Geoff Swaim isn’t re-signed, they’ve got to look at adding another tight end who can help as a blocker.

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