The New York Giants have officially fired the offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, per ESPN. Garrett coached for 26 games, which is less than two years. Many believe that General Manager Dave Gettleman is on the hot seat as well. The decision came shortly after they suffered a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, 30-10.
“We made a decision to move on from Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants,” coach Joe Judge said. “Look, I have a lot of respect for Jason as a person, as a coach. He’s been a tremendous asset for me as a young head coach. He’s helped our development here. Garrett has built very strong relationships in the building with the players, along with other support staff members. He’s done a good job putting the team first. I have a lot of respect and appreciation for everything he’s done for us.”
Joe Judge was asked straight up if Jason Garrett would still be the #Giants OC:
“I’m not going to go into that right now.” pic.twitter.com/82EOg2oIvX
— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) November 23, 2021
Judge emphasized this was not a “snap decision” after Monday night. He acknowledges that “there’s never an ideal time to make changes like this during the season.”
The head coach also admitted the Giants will have to use a collaborative effort to fill the role of Garrett. According to sources, Freddie Kitchens will assist with play-calling this Sunday. He declined to give specific details on the matter. He openly admit that he may be joining the offensive game plan.
“Everything is on the table,” he emphasized.
Why the New York Giants Fired Jason Garrett
Garrett’s offense scored the fewest touchdowns of any team since the start of the season, per ESPN. In January 2020, Garrett was hired. Prior to that, he was the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys for a long time. It’s been seven years since Garrett called plays before returning back to the New York Giants. It seemed that Garrett was never able to hit his stride with the Giants. Although his relationship with quarterback Daniel Jones seemed to be strong.
“Ultimately, I’ll make every decision based on what’s best for the team long term,” Judge said. “I feel we have to be more productive as an offense. Generally speaking, the offense’s job is to score points. I don’t believe we’re scoring enough points. It’s my job as the head coach to make sure I give our players an opportunity to go out there and make plays.”