Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to take the position of offensive coordinator with fellow NFC East rival, the New York Giants. Garrett joins the team under recently-hired rookie head coach, Joe Judge.
Former #Cowboys HC Jason Garrett has agreed to become the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and first-year head coach Joe Judge, per source:
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 18, 2020
This season, Garrett led the Cowboys to what was a disappointing and unexpected 8-8 season. The Philadelphia Eagles took the NFC East title when they defeated the Giants on the final Sunday of the regular season, officially eliminating Dallas from the playoffs.
There had been much speculation about the Cowboys needing to move on from Garrett, who had been the team’s head coach for the past nine seasons, the offensive coordinator for three before that, and a player from 1993 to 1999 as the backup to Hall of Fame quarterback, Troy Aikman.
Despite all the speculation, the announcement of Garrett’s firing didn’t come for almost a week after the season’s final game, keeping everyone in suspense. In the meantime, Garrett was given permission to pursue other opportunities by the Cowboys as soon as their season ended.
The Giants initially asked permission to interview Garrett for their head coaching position as he was still under contract with Dallas until this past Thursday. Prior to that interview coming to pass, the Giants hired Judge to be their head coach, instead offering Garrett the position as their new offensive coordinator. He interviewed with the Giants on Wednesday and was offered the job soon after but spent a few days at home, deliberating the decision with his wife.
Garrett also has ties to the Giants’ organization, having played for the team from 2000 to 2003. He is also well-respected in New York as a coach, having guided the Cowboys to a 13-6 record against the Giants during his time in Dallas. Having a rookie head coach with an experienced quarterback, play-caller, and coach like Garrett to help guide and advise him should help the Giants next season. Garrett has proven to be a very talented coach over the years.
Even with all the calls from fans to fire Garrett and Jerry Jones’s ultimate decision to do so, the Cowboys maintained an overall winning record of 85-67 (a .559 winning percentage) with Garrett at the helm and, in fact, finished the season with an offense ranking No. 1 overall.
Garrett was named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2016. He was a big part of the development of young quarterback Dak Prescott. DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott combined for three rushing titles under his leadership and Garrett was responsible for deciding to use three consecutive first-round picks on offensive linemen.
Garrett and Judge should make a strong pairing as Judge spent the last eight seasons experiencing success as an assistant to New England’s Bill Belichick as well as serving as the Patriots’ wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator this past season.
Cowboys weren’t even a top 10 offense this season. His play calling was archaic and predictable. The game evolved but he didn’t. Being a cowboys fan I’m happy the Giants hired him. He’ll lose play calling to Judge by week 5 and fired by seasons end. His time in this league is over… unless he evolves like McCarthy said he did while sitting out a year. Rodgers got McCarthy fired in green bay for his archaic play calling but McCarthy at least admitted he hadn’t adjusted to the new league like he should and says he now has a whole new approach to running an offense.
Whatever your view on Garrett it’s cool. It’s your opinion and point of view to which you are entitled. But I have to clarify one thing and that is my information is researched, doubly fact checked and accurate so may I please direct your attention to this link here from ESPN (one of many places I used to be ensure what I had read elsewhere was, in fact, correct) : https://www.espn.com/nfl/stats/team/_/season/2019/seasontype/2 And from one Cowboys fan to another, How Bout them Cowboys?! 🙂