Sunday was the unofficial start to the football season as the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys opened up the pre-season while playing in the Hall of Fame game.
Before the game, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was describing how the Cowboys’ offensive plays would be called this season.
In recent seasons, Garrett would be the play-caller and the voice inside the quarterback’s helmet.
That no longer will be the case for the Cowboys.
Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will now tell the play to Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, who would then send the play into the quarterback.
The Cowboys’ are implementing a wristband system in where all the plays are numbed on the quarterback’s wristband, meaning instead of calling out a play, the coaches will be calling out a number.
The idea behind this strategy for the Cowboys is to accelerate the offensive process.
The Chicago Bears have struggled in recent seasons as well in receiving the play call. Under the Lovie Smith coaching staff, the Bears would implement a strategy similar to what the Cowboys are doing now. The offensive coordinator would send the play to the quarterbacks coach who would then send the play to the quarterback.
The Bears are no longer doing that.
Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman will be the offensive play-caller for the team this season. Meaning Trestman will be the voice that Cutler hears in his helmet thus eliminating the middle man.
The idea behind this strategy for the Bears is to eliminate any confusion that would be created from the message going through three individuals.
But with Trestman now calling the plays directly to Cutler, there should be no confusion while also accelerating what the Bears do offensively.
The Bears have not played a single game this season, but their offense is already improved.