Cowboys assistant John Garrett agrees to coach Bucs WRs
When Cowboys tight end coach John Garrett left his first NFL job in Tampa Bay as a pro personnel assistant after the '94 season, he was replaced by Mark Dominik. Flash forward nearly two decades later and Garrett is returning to the Bucs as the receivers coach where Dominik is general manager.
Garrett, 47, is the brother of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and has served as the passing coordinator for Dallas since 2011. He replaces P.J. Fleck, who left to become the head coach at Western Michigan.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity in Tampa," Garrett told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "We had a had a great time interviewing down there, getting to know coach [Greg] Schiano more and more and the offensive coaches and the rest of the staff of the Buccaneers. It really went well, and I'm thrilled for the opportunity and just really excited to get started working for the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers."
Garrett began his post-playing career as a pro personnel assistant for the Bucs from 1992-94. During the week, he would work with Bucs receivers and assist defensive coaches on game days. Garrett's father, Jim, worked with Schiano at Penn State.
"Greg Schiano is a fantastic person, and a great football coach, and he loves football and does everything the right way," Garrett said. "I'm really excited to learn more from him and be part of his program."
Garrett said he was excited to work with Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson, who caught 72 passes for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year with the Bucs.
"All the coaches there think he's an outstanding leader, a fantastic worker,'' Garrett said. "He loves to be coached and loves football. They had a lot of comparisons to this is our [Jason] Witten, how he just loves it and as a star player sets the tone and pace for how to work and prepare. I got a chance to visit with him in the course of the interview and that's exactly the case. I developed a good rapport, and I'm looking forward to working with such a talented guy."
The Bucs still have to hire a defensive backs coach to replace Ron Cooper, who took a job with the University of South Florida as an associate head coach/defensive backs.