Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will get a chance to beat his old team twice a year after he was hired Friday to be the New York Giants' offensive coordinator.
Garrett interviewed with new Giants head coach Joe Judge on Wednesday, a day after his contract with the Cowboys expired.Dallas opted not to renew Garrett's contract and hired veteran NFL coach Mike McCarthy to replace him.
The Giants also officially announced the hiring of former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to the same position and confirmed that they are retaining special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey. Reports about Judge's staff including Graham and McGaughey had been public for days.
Judge said of Garrett in a statement Friday night, "I've known about Jason for a long time, not only through the general public as well known as he is as head coach of the Cowboys. There were guys I worked with that I came across in my career at both Alabama and at the New England Patriots that worked with Jason through their time in Miami with him.
"They consistently all reflected on how smart he is, how great a teacher he is and how his perspective of the game was through a different lens than most coaches. And when he sees it, he's able to communicate it and paint that mental image to the players. And he does a fantastic job of making in-game adjustments."
Garrett, 53, had been on the Cowboys' coaching staff since 2007, and he spent seven years on the Dallas roster as a backup quarterback in the 1990s. He ended his playing career in 2000 with the Giants as a backup to Kerry Collins.
Garrett was named interim head coach of the Cowboys eight games into the 2010 season, succeeding Wade Phillips, and he took over on a permanent basis in 2011. He has an 85-67 career coaching record but 2-3 in the playoffs.
Judge, formerly the New England Patriots' special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach, was hired by the Giants on Jan. 7 to replace Pat Shurmur, who was fired on Dec. 30 after two seasons and a 9-23 record.
Judge, 38, never has been a head coach in college or the pros. He began his coaching career as a Mississippi State graduate assistant from 2005-07. He then served as an analyst for head coach Nick Saban at Alabama from 2009-11, joining the Patriots in 2012 as an assistant special teams coach.
Graham, 40, has served on the staffs of the Patriots (2009-15), the Giants (2016-17), the Green Bay Packers (2018) and the Dolphins (2019). His Miami defense this season allowed 397.8 yards per game, the third-worst figure in the NFL, slightly worse than the 2018 Dolphins squad that yielded 391.1 yards per game, fourth worst in the league.
McGaughey, 46, has been in his current position the past two seasons. He previously worked for the Denver Broncos (2005-06), the Giants (2007-10), the New York Jets (2014), the San Francisco 49ers (2015) and the Carolina Panthers (2016-17).
--Field Level Media