Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett will be playing his old team twice a year after taking a job with the New York Giants as the team’s offensive coordinator. He spent a decade coaching the Cowboys and while he found success in some seasons, he never led his team to back-to-back postseasons and ultimately, the Cowboys had to move on. Now he gets a chance to be in a new-look coaching staff in New York led by HC Joe Judge.
What can we expect from the newest offensive coordinator in the NFC East? It’s easy to quickly label his hiring as a bad one after the disappointment from Cowboys fans. But failing as Dallas’ head coach doesn’t really mean he’ll do so as the Giants offensive coordinator.
Garrett could actually find some level of success in his new team. He’s got the pieces to work with. Quarterback Daniel Jones was a turnover machine at times, but the 2019 sixth overall pick showed promising signs when playing his rookie season and should only improve. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Garrett helps Jones develop around a new system. After all, he did a good job with Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.
The Giants also have a workhorse running back in Saquon Barkley. While we can debate if “establishing a run” is a thing or not, we know Garrett likes to run the football and with Barkley in the backfield he should be able to do so.
The Giants do have considerable talent at other positions on offense, including Tight End Evan Engram and Wide Receivers Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard.
Garrett was a good offensive coordinator for the Cowboys before stepping up to a head coaching position. Now with the Giants, he’ll be calling the plays, something he hasn’t done since 2012 and allegedly one of his complaints in the 2019 season, when he was coaching for his job.
Taking back play-calling duties could help Jason Garrett turn his career around. However, he’ll have some adjustments to make. The former Cowboys coach was almost proud when he talked about not using analytics to make in-game decisions and has leaned to much in the run game.
In order to be successful with the Giants, that should change. It’s likely that it will, considering Garrett has led passing offenses before (he is an Air Coryell guy, after all), specially when Tony Romo was his quarterback.
The Cowboys will face him twice this season and we can’t wait to see how those match ups turn out between two division rivals with new coaching staffs. Despite how you feel about his time in Dallas, don’t be so quick to dismiss his potential at a new position in a new city. And hey, he’ll have a chip on his shoulder when he coaches against the Cowboys.