EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants interviewed former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to be their offensive coordinator, a source told ESPN, confirming an NFL Network report.
The Giants had asked permission to speak to Garrett about their coaching position before hiring Joe Judge. They needed permission because Garrett was still under contract.
His contract with the Cowboys expired on Tuesday and the Giants led him to speak of being one of the judge’s best assistants.
The Giants also interviewed Mike Shula for work earlier this week and the judge was expected to speak with Cleveland Browns’ former coach, Freddie Kitchens, about a place on his offensive staff. Shula was the offensive coordinator of the Giants under Pat Shurmur and contributed to the development of novice quarterback Daniel Jones. The kitchens have worked with Judge earlier in their careers in the state of Mississippi.
Garrett, 53, has spent the past nine seasons as Cowboys head coach. Previously he worked as an offensive coordinator.
Garrett also has ties to the Giants organization, which played there from 2000 to 2003, and is highly respected within their building.
At the judge’s introductory press conference, co-owner John Mara was questioned about hiring Garrett as the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
“I certainly would have no objection to this,” said Mara. “I have a lot of respect for Jason. In the end, it will be Joe’s decision.”
Garrett’s experience as head coach could serve as a resource for the judge, who has never been a manager at any level. The judge has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant under Bill Belichick in New England, most recently as a special team coordinator and receiver coach.
Garrett has been with the Cowboys since 2007. He led Dallas to a record 85-67 as head coach, making it to the playoffs three times.
The Cowboys finished 8-8 last season and let Garrett’s contract expire by hiring Mike McCarthy to replace him.
Garrett has experience working with young quarterbacks. He was a key figure in the development of the current Cowboy appetizer Dak Prescott, a fourth round pick in 2016. Prescott finished fourth in the NFL with a QBR of 70.1 this season.
Jones, Duke’s # 6 draw last year, had its ups and downs in its rookie year. He launched 24 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions, but he also lost 11 fumbles.