What happened to Jason Garrett? Former Cowboys head coach finds his fit with Giants

What happened to Jason Garrett? Former Cowboys head coach finds his fit with Giants

Jason Garrett was a familiar face on Thanksgiving Day television screens for a long time, but in 2020, he’ll be nowhere to be found.

That’s because the Cowboys moved on from Jason Garrett in favor of Mike McCarthy for the 2020 season. Dallas’ meeting with the Washington Football Team for first place in the NFC East will happen without Garrett on the sideline. He’s involved in that divisional race, too, now as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. And who knows, maybe the division will come down to a Week 17 meeting between the Cowboys and Giants, a revenge game for Garrett after Dallas beat New York 37-34 earlier in 2020.

Here’s a look at how Garrett wound up with the Giants after more than a decade as a coach in Dallas.

Is Jason Garrett coaching this year?

Yes, Jason Garrett is the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator in 2020.

It’s the first coordinator role Garrett has held since 2010 in Dallas. It’s been a struggle of a season for the New York offense, although how much of that can be pinned on Garrett is debatable. Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones has been inconsistent, while star running back Saquon Barkley has missed most of the year with injury as the pass-catchers have been dinged-up, too.

Through 11 weeks of the 2020 season, the Giants have the third-lowest yardage and point totals in the NFL. The bigger struggle has been passing the football, as even mostly without Barkley, the Giants rank 18th (out of 32) in the league in rushing yards. 

Jason LaCanfora recently reported that Garrett’s tenure as offensive coordinator in New York could conclude as soon as the end of the 2020 season, writing that “a new offensive coordinator next season would not surprise several sources who know (Giants head coach Joe) Judge well.”

Why did the Cowboys fire Jason Garrett?

Garrett and the Cowboys agreed to part ways in January 2020 after Garrett’s 10th season as the head coach in Dallas. There hadn’t been any deep playoff runs that owner Jerry Jones was likely hoping for.

There was only one losing season in Dallas for Garrett, a 2015 in which Tony Romo’s injury derailed the Cowboys. But a 2-3 record in the postseason wasn’t good enough to extend his tenure past a decade, and the Cowboys brought in Mike McCarthy to replace him.

Jason Garrett career coaching timeline

Garrett retired from his career as an NFL quarterback following the 2004 season. He was 165-for-294 as an NFL passer, throwing 11 touchdowns compared to five interceptions in a career spanning 1993-2004. After Garrett’s retirement, he immediately joined the Dolphins’ coaching staff. Here’s how his career has progressed since:

  • 2005-06: Miami Dolphins – quarterbacks coach
  • 2007: Dallas Cowboys – offensive coordinator
  • 2008-09: Dallas Cowboys – assistant head coach & offensive coordinator
  • 2010-19: Dallas Cowboys – head coach (85-67 record)
  • 2020: New York Giants – offensive coordinator