Jason Garrett’s job twice a year for the past 10 years has been to beat the Giants as head coach of the Cowboys. Now, he might be in charge of helping the Giants win, developing the centerpiece of the offense, and being a mentor for their new coach.
Garrett interviewed with Joe Judge on Wednesday for the quasi-vacant role of offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to Newsday. NFL Network was first to report the meeting. While no decision was made regarding the interview and there may be future candidates considered, it was seen as a positive for the possibility that Garrett made the trip to New Jersey to interview in person.
It is also a potential hire that has the blessing of John Mara.
Last week, after a news conference in which he introduced Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history, Mara was asked about the potential of Garrett becoming offensive coordinator.
“I certainly wouldn’t have any objection to that,” Mara said. “I have a lot of respect for Jason.”
So much so that the Giants had asked permission to interview Garrett for their head coach job. There was an interview tentatively scheduled for last Thursday before the Giants offered the position to Judge last Tuesday. Garrett was not retained by the Cowboys and his contract with them expired on Tuesday, a day before this interview.
Garrett has ties to the Giants, too, having spent four seasons as a backup quarterback.
But while Mara gave the move a preemptive signoff, he was clear that it would be Judge who decides on the coaching staff.
“At the end of the day, that’s going to be Joe’s decision,” Mara said.
Garrett hasn’t called offensive plays for the Cowboys since 2012, but he does have a background in the area. He’s also been instrumental in the developments of both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott, something that would appeal to the Giants as their quarterback Daniel Jones heads into his second season.
Garrett also has nearly a decade of experience being an NFL head coach. That could be a valuable asset for Judge who, at 38, has special teams coordinator as his highest previous rank.
Mike Shula, who was not fired when the Giants parted ways with Pat Shurmur after the regular season and remains under contract, interviewed with Judge to keep his job on Monday. His bond with Jones from the 2019 season would allow for some continuity in Jones’ early career, and Shula could be among the several staffers retained by Judge from the previous regime. As of Wednesday evening, no decision had been made.