While Jason Garrett will not be with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, he will be coaching in the NFC East. And it seems like he’ll have a big say on how things operate on his newest team. After facing him as a division rival head coach for 10 years, the New York Giants took in Jason Garrett to be the offensive coordinator for Joe Judge’s new coaching staff.
Judge, despite being reported as a wide receivers coach when the Giants made the hire by many media outlets, has spent much of his career working as a special teams coach. Sure, he spent the 2019 season handling the wide receivers for the New England Patriots, but his career has been mainly devoted to special teams, not offense.
So how much influence will Jason Garrett have on the Giants’ offense? After all, Quarterback Daniel Jones is heading into his second year in the NFL and his development is of the biggest priorities for the team.
Judging by the Giants Head Coach, Garrett will have a lot of control over his offense. Is that a good thing or bad thing for New York fans?
Joe Judge said the #Giants offense will be based largely on what Jason Garrett’s offense looked like with the Cowboys.
After watching how things ended for Garrett in Dallas, you might be inclined to say “bad.” The answer may not be that simple. However, after the Cowboys built a strong offensive line and drafted a powerhouse running back in Ezekiel Elliott, many grew frustrated with the team’s tendency to run.
As the league shifts to more and more pass-aggressive attacks, at times it felt like the Cowboys were going backward, being conservative on early downs and keeping the ball on the ground. With Garrett’s coaching philosophy tracing back to the Air Coryell system in his offensive coordinator days, it’ll be interesting to see what he does in New York.
Will he implement a passing attack over a ground attack? Reports about Garrett wanting to take back play-calling duties as he coached for his job emerged last year, and you have to wonder what he might have up his sleeve.
Perhaps a hint of Garrett’s influence is seen in the Giants approach to drafting two offensive tackles in the first three rounds, even though it was well known the team had to address the offensive line to protect Jones soon.
Playing his former team twice next season, Jason Garrett will try to bounce back after being let go by the Cowboys. It’ll be interesting to see how much his coaching philosophy changes the next time he runs an offense.