Giants fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as season spirals; assistant Freddie Kitchens expected to take over play-calling duties

Jason Garrett is out as Giants offensive coordinator, fired on Tuesday just 26 games into a disappointingly low-scoring experiment coaching Daniel Jones.

Head coach Joe Judge fired Garrett the day after a 30-10 Monday night loss at Tampa Bay because the offense’s inability to score points is costing the Giants (3-7) another season.

“I have a lot of respect for Jason as a person and as a coach,” Judge said in a late-afternoon conference call. “He’s been a tremendous asset to me as a young head coach. The offense’s job is to score points. I don’t believe we’re scoring enough points, and it’s my job as the head coach to make sure I give our players an opportunity to make more plays.”

Garrett’s firing was first reported by the Daily News. He lasted nine-plus years as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach but couldn’t finish two seasons as Judge’s OC in New York.

He leaves the Giants ranked 25th in points per game (18.9), 23rd in yards (322.8) and last in red zone efficiency (44%), with a league-low 42 offensive touchdowns since the start of 2020.

So ends the arranged marriage of sorts between Judge and Garrett, who had such strong support from the owning Mara family that he was scheduled to interview for the head coaching vacancy in January 2020 before Judge got the job.

“Today is certainly disappointing,” Garrett said in a classy statement released through the Giants. “But I want to say how truly grateful I am to the Mara and the Tisch families for giving me the opportunity to coach for their New York Giants. They represent all that is good about the NFL.”

Garrett also thanked the Giants’ coaches, staff and players, wished them all the best, and acknowledged “the bottom-line results weren’t what we wanted.”

The Giants were 31st in both points (17.5) and yards (299.6) per game in 2020 before this season also sputtered despite more investments in offensive weapons like Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney.

“One of the things that motivated me to accept this position was the opportunity to help rebuild the Giants into a contending team,” Garrett added. “We knew there would be many challenges. My expectations for our offense were much greater than what our results have been, and I accept full responsibility for that.”

Judge said “everything’s on the table” to formulate a new offense now, including Judge possibly calling some plays in games himself. Senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens is expected to take over primary play-calling duties beginning Sunday afternoon against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles (5-6).

Judge insisted the Giants will work “collaboratively” on each week’s game plan, with Judge, Kitchens, quarterback coach Jerry Schuplinski and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert among those involved.

But when Judge described Kitchens’ strengths as an offensive mind, he painted a clear picture of what he’s looking for that Garrett wasn’t consistently providing.

“What I like about Freddie is Freddie has a very aggressive approach to the game,” Judge said. “I think he’s done a good job using his players and creating matchups and situations …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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