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Giants fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as season spirals: source


Jason Garrett is out.

The Giants fired their offensive coordinator on Tuesday, according to a source, pulling the plug 26 games in on the longtime former Dallas Cowboys head coach.

Freddie Kitchens, Joe Judge’s senior offensive assistant, is expected to take over playcalling with Garrett gone, starting with Sunday’s visit from the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) — a division rival that has won three of four by scoring 44, 30 and 40 points in those victories.

The Giants (3-7), on the other hand, rank dead last in the NFL with 42 offensive touchdowns since the start of the 2020 season, when Garrett arrived on Judge’s staff after being fired by the Cowboys.

Judge’s Giants were 31st in points (17.5) and yards (299.6) per game with Garrett calling the plays last season. They are 25th in points (18.9) and 23rd in yards (322.8) per game this season.

And Monday night’s 30-10 loss at Tampa saw the team post season lows in points, yards (215), first downs (15) and time of possession (24:21). The Giants offense also was 1-for-9 on third downs.

They only scored a touchdown because a fluky Tom Brady interception gave them starting field position at Tampa’s five yard line.

Judge reached a boiling point postgame on the offense’s futility and implied Garrett’s job could be in jeopardy.

“We’ve got to do a better job of scoring points,” Judge said. “We’ve got to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays. We have too many good players. We have to put them in a better position to capitalize on it. That’s it.

“We gotta make sure we sit down [Tuesday] as a coaching staff and understand how we have to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays,” the head coach continued. “So in reference to any kind of [bad player] body language at the end of the game, I’ll handle the corrections. But if I was a player, there’d be some things I’d be frustrated with, too.

Garrett lamented publicly last Thursday that the Giants need to invest more in their offensive line the way his Cowboys did to build one of the best fronts in football.

It was a valid and accurate criticism.

GM Dave Gettleman, whose firing is long overdue, was hired in December 2017 to rebuild this offensive line to salvage the end of Eli Manning’s career.

And now the sad truth is that Gettleman’s ineptitude in trying to fix the O-line has now compromised the performance and evaluation of Manning’s successor, Daniel Jones, Gettleman’s sixth overall pick in 2019.

Jones was pressured on 48% of his dropbacks by the Bucs on Monday night, a season high, hassling him into two interceptions which also were on the QB’s bad decision-making.

Jones incredibly has only 23 total TDs and 28 turnovers in 24 games playing for Garrett. That includes 20 TD passes and three rushing TDs compared to 17 interceptions and nine lost fumbles.

He has 11 total TDs and 10 turnovers in 10 games this season: only …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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