EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after having less than two years on the job, the team announced Tuesday.
The move comes as a result of the Giants’ continued offensive struggles (3-7) and follows their 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.
“We made the decision to leave Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants,” coach Joe Judge said. “Look, I have a lot of respect for Jason as a person, as a coach. He has been a huge advantage for me as a young head coach. He has helped our development here. He has built very strong relationships in the building with the players, along with other members. from the support staff. They have done a good job putting the team first. I have a lot of respect and appreciation for everything they have done for us. “
Judge said this “is not a quick decision” after Monday night, acknowledging that “I don’t think there is an ideal time to make a change like this in a season.”
The Giants have a short week after playing Monday night. They came from a goodbye.
Judge said the Giants will use a collaborative internal effort to play the role of Garrett. A source told ESPN that Freddie Kitchens is expected to participate in the play. Judge declined to publicly name a playcaller and hinted that he might be involved.
“Everything is on the table,” he said.
Garrett’s offense scored the fewest touchdowns of any team since the start of last season. The Giants hired him in January 2020 after he had a long stint as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
It had been seven years since Garrett called plays before returning to New York. He never got his rhythm with the Giants, despite a strong relationship with quarterback Daniel Jones.
“Ultimately, I will make all the decisions based on what is best for the team in the long run,” Judge said. “I feel like we have to be more productive as an offense. Generally speaking, the offense’s job is to score points. I don’t think we’re scoring enough points. It’s my job as the head coach to make sure we give our players a chance to go out there and make plays “.
Garrett had previously played for the Giants organization and was well regarded by the owners. Those relationships were believed to have played a role in his hiring, even if Judge said he made the final decision.
The sudden midseason finale was “certainly disappointing.” Garrett said in a statement in which he also expressed his gratitude to the Mara and Tisch families.
“One of the things that motivated me to accept this position was the opportunity to help rebuild the Giants into a competitive team.” “We knew there would be a lot of challenges. My expectations for our offense were much higher than our results have been, and I accept full responsibility for that.”
The Giants have averaged 18.9 points per game this season, ranking 25th in the NFL on offense. In 2020, Garrett’s first season, the Giants were 31st in the NFL with 17.5 points per game.
The Giants finished Monday with 215 total yards, the second-lowest Judge-era total of 26 games, and just 66 rushing yards. The first 15 attempts were a season low, and only one of the Giants’ 54 offensive plays against the Bucs gained more than 16 yards.
The Giants have scored 30 points just once in the 26 games since Garrett joined the team. Even that came with the help of a defensive touchdown.
The pressure began to build on Garrett early in the season. It became obvious that the offense needed a major upgrade when Kitchens, the former offensive coordinator and head coach of the Cleveland Browns, assumed a senior offensive assistant role.
As early as Week 4 Judge was asked if Garrett would continue to call plays. It has been a persistent theme throughout the season.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Garrett when his former assistant, Marc Colombo, was fired after an altercation midway through last season and assistant running backs coach Stephen Brown did not return this season.
Judge insisted he’s not making Garrett a scapegoat for the team’s current struggles.
“I’ve said it all the time, I’m responsible for everything on this team. I’m the head coach. I’ve never shied away from that,” Judge said. “I don’t point fingers, so I always start by evaluating myself first.”
Garrett, 55, joined the Giants in 2020 after more than nine seasons as the Cowboys head coach. He didn’t call up plays from 2012 to 2019, but he did lead Dallas to an 85-67 record.
The former Giants quarterback (2000-03) was always a curious hire, as he had no prior experience working with Judge. The lack of offensive aggressiveness and innovation had been obvious since the beginning of Garrett’s tenure.