Jason Garrett has been sacked as the Giants’ offensive coordinator, barely 26 games into a disastrous, low-scoring experiment with Daniel Jones.
Because the offense’s failure to generate points is costing the Giants (3-7) another season, head coach Joe Judge dismissed Garrett the day after a 30-10 defeat to Tampa Bay on Monday night.
In a late-afternoon conference call, Judge stated, “I have a lot of regard for Jason as a person and as a coach.” “As a new head coach, he’s been a huge help to me.” It is the offense’s responsibility to score points. I feel we are not scoring enough points, and it is my responsibility as the head coach to ensure that our players have more opportunities to create plays.”
The Daily News was the first to disclose Garrett’s dismissal. He was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for nine years, but he couldn’t survive two seasons as Judge’s offensive coordinator in New York.
With a league-low 42 offensive touchdowns since the start of 2020, he leaves the Giants ranked 25th in points per game (18.9), 23rd in yards (322.8), and last in red zone efficiency (44 percent).
So ends Judge and Garrett’s planned marriage, which had such strong support from the Mara family that he was slated to interview for the head coaching opening in January 2020 before Judge secured the job.
Garrett also expressed gratitude to the Giants’ coaches, staff, and players, wishing them well, and admitting that “the bottom-line outcomes weren’t what we expected.”
Despite additional expenditures in offensive weapons like Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, the Giants finished 31st in both points (17.5) and yards (299.6) per game in 2020.
Anything to aid Jones in particular. On Monday, the third-year quarterback regressed with two interceptions, giving him a season total of 11 total touchdowns and 10 turnovers in ten games.
The Giants set season lows in scores, yards (215), first downs (15), and time of possession in their loss on Monday night (24:21). The offence only scored a touchdown because of a fluky Tom Brady interception that gave them starting field position at Tampa’s five-yard line.
Entering the bye week, the judge was frustrated with the offence. He gave Garrett one more chance with a healthier lineup, but when the results didn’t improve, he pulled the plug.
And it only took two games for players to publicly criticise the offence at the start of this season: Golladay, the big-money free agent, was seen on tape shouting at Garrett on the Washington bench.
“I mean, I don’t really have an answer to that,” Golladay said when asked why he hadn’t produced more huge plays down the field.
This season, neither Golladay nor Toney have scored a touchdown. Even if firing Garrett didn’t solve everything, something had to change.
“I anticipate a higher level of output,” Judge said. “I’m expecting that.”
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