Jason Garrett will still be working Sundays as he has for most of the past three decades, he just won’t be on the sidelines where he spent most of his career as a player and a coach.
The former coach of the Cowboys who was most recently offensive coordinator for the Giants for a year and a half of uninspired football was introduced on Tuesday as a studio analyst for NBC’s “Football Night in America.” Garrett will replace Drew Brees in the role as a talking head discussing the day’s action and previewing the Sunday night game alongside Tony Dungy and Chris Simms with Maria Taylor hosting the broadcast.
Since being fired by the Giants in November, Garrett has been working as a game analyst for NBC’s coverage of the USFL. It is his first foray in broadcasting.
“Jason was always a great listen at our NFL production meetings with the Cowboys,” NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said in a statement. “His insight and intellect are a winning combination. We are excited to add him to the FNIA team. In his brief time as an analyst on our USFL broadcasts, he already breaks down plays in a welcoming style that gives unique insights about the ‘why’ of a play.”
Garrett had a 14-year career as a quarterback in the NFL playing mostly as a backup for the Cowboys, Giants, Bucs, Dolphins and Saints. He became coach of the Cowboys in 2010 and posted an 85-67 record. He was not retained by the Cowboys after his contract expired following the 2019 season but quickly joined the Giants as offensive play-caller under new coach Joe Judge for the 2020 season.
The Giants finished next to last in scoring in 2020 and were ranked 25th in the NFL at the time he was fired in November 2021.
“I’m truly humbled and thrilled to be joining the ‘Football Night’ team and continuing my broadcasting career with NBC Sports, who have been fantastic to work with on the USFL,” Garrett said. “I intend to share my lifelong passion for football and utilize my experience as both an NFL coach and quarterback to try to explain the game and break down the matchups for our audience every Sunday night.
“Can’t wait to get started!”