Giants’ Joe Judge Fires Jason Garrett As Offensive Coordinator After Pathetic Loss To The Buccaneers | Is Dave Gettleman next?
TAMPA, Florida – Jason Garrett couldn’t even get through two full seasons as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. He was so inefficient, so incompetent.
Giants coach Joe Judge fired Garrett on Tuesday after Monday night’s sad 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers. The judge hinted during his post-match press conference that a change could be coming. And of course Garrett is screwed.
The Giants gained 215 yards on Monday, the lowest of the season, against a Bucs defense that entered the game 18th in Pro Football Focus odds. It was their second lowest total yards under Garrett, ahead of just 159 last year against the Cardinals.
Garrett and Co. have no apologies for Monday night’s disgrace in Tampa. Quarterback Daniel Jones, a third-year pro on his 36th start, had all his guns back and healthy, with the exception of wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Yet the offensive is still struggling.
The Giants (3-7) started Monday 27th in PFF’s offensive odds. They finished 26th in these rankings last year. Since the start of last season, the Giants have the fewest offensive touchdowns in the NFL – 42, four less than the Jets and 10 less than the Jaguars. Seven teams have at least double that.
Now Judge, the second-year Giants head coach, will try to find another coordinator to help shape Jones.
Jones spent his rookie season, 2019, under the guidance of offensive-minded head coach Pat Shurmur, who called the coins. So that’s another change for Jones at the start of his career.
Judge – a former Patriots special teams coordinator who doesn’t call offensive or defensive plays – hired Garrett last year to help him as a rookie head coach. At the time, that seemed like a pretty good hire, given Garrett’s track record and the other available candidates.
But Garrett was never able to get the Giants offensive, while not getting enough help on the line, due to the pathetic work of general manager Dave Gettleman who built this post group.
Gettleman could join the unemployed Garrett soon, given the Giants’ poor performance since becoming their general manager in 2018. From 2018-20, they dropped to 15-33. They are therefore now 18-40 years old during his tenure as CEO.
Garrett, 55, came to the Giants after being head coach of the Cowboys from 2010 to 2019. The Cowboys fired him and he landed in a place familiar with the Giants. He played for them from 2000 to 2003 as an alternate quarterback.
Garrett was the Cowboys offensive coordinator from 2007-2010, so he brought extensive call-of-play experience to the Giants. But before becoming Judge’s first offensive coordinator, Garrett hadn’t called a game since 2012. And it showed. NFL analysts viewed Garrett as too conservative and unimaginative to lead an offense with these many loopholes.
Garrett’s second season with the Giants got off to a rocky start. During the Week 2 loss to Washington, wide receiver Kenny Golladay – a high-priced free agent addition – yelled at Garrett on the sidelines, seemingly upset at his lack of involvement in the offense.
Garrett played down the incident. In the end, it would have been nothing but a failure for the Giants, if they could have produced enough results on offense. But they couldn’t.
And Garrett paid the price. Is Gettleman next?
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Darryl Slater can be reached at [email protected].