Jason Garrett is no longer under contract with the Dallas Cowboys, effective Jan. 14, and that frees him up to seek employment elsewhere without Jerry Jones’ permission following the hiring of Mike McCarthy.
Granted, the drawn-out and exceedingly awkward divorce from the Cowboys was his idea, but it cost him valuable time in finding a new role as a head coach — given how quickly teams were moving to fill their vacancies.
There was still an opportunity he’d secure a role as someone’s head coach in 2020, however, as evidenced by the New York Giants seeking permission from the Cowboys to speak with Garrett prior to the aforementioned expiration of his contract. Permission was granted, but before Garrett could pack his socks for the trip to New York, the team decided to hire New England Patriots wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Joe Judge.
Initial reports were Garrett was actually interviewing for the offensive coordinator position, but that was not the case at the time.
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One week later, it is, and Garrett will reportedly sit down with the Giants — per Mike Garofolo of NFL Network — to discuss joining their new regime under Judge. It’s not exactly a shocking development, but it is surely an interesting one.
On the whole, his nine-plus seasons in Dallas were fruitful from September through December — finishing his Cowboys tenure with a regular campaign record of 85-67 — but carried a ton of inconsistency from week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year.
Having won only two matches in only five playoff games in nearly a decade is what robbed him of a contract extension last January, and an[other] 8-8 finish in 2019 ultimately tolled his bell. Although he never turned the corner as a head coach, the Giants are interested in seeing what he could bring to the table in a return to simply coordinating an offense, as opposed to being tasked with running an entire team.