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Jason Garrett joins New York Giants as offensive coordinator

The recently fired Dallas Cowboys coach stays in the NFC East.
Jason Garrett had success against the Giants as Cowboys coach. Now he will face Dallas as New York's new offensive coordinator. [RON JENKINS  |  AP]
Jason Garrett had success against the Giants as Cowboys coach. Now he will face Dallas as New York's new offensive coordinator. [RON JENKINS | AP]
Published Jan. 18

NEW YORK — Jason Garrett is headed to the other side of the Giants-Cowboys rivalry.

New York is hiring the former Dallas coach to be the Giants offensive coordinator, according to reports Friday.

Garrett was told Jan. 5 he was not being brought back by the Cowboys after coaching the team for the previous 9 1/2 seasons. He took over in Dallas as the interim coach when Wade Phillips was fired halfway through the 2010 season and went 87-70, including the playoffs.

The 53-year-old Garrett had the club’s second-longest tenure behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry.

Dallas finished 8-8 for the fourth time under Garrett this season. The Cowboys opened 3-0 before dropping eight of 12 and losing control of their playoff fate. Dallas missed the playoffs six times in Garrett’s nine full seasons.

His contract was expiring with the Cowboys, who instead turned to Mike McCarthy as coach.

Garrett wasn’t out of a job for long as Judge made his highest-profile hiring since joining the Giants on Jan. 8. Garrett gives Judge, a first-time NFL head coach, a veteran assistant on his staff.

The Cowboys had the league’s top-ranked offense this season, averaging 431.5 yards per game with quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott leading the way.

With the Giants, Garrett will be tasked with helping develop quarterback Daniel Jones, who showed lots of promise in his rookie season after taking over from Eli Manning as the starter. Jones threw for 3,027 yards and a franchise rookie record 24 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in 13 games, including 12 starts.

Garrett also inherits running back Saquon Barkley, who dealt with a high ankle sprain early in the season but came on strong at the end and finished with 1,003 yards rushing — reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year to begin his career — and six touchdowns. He also had 52 receptions for 438 yards and two TDs.

Garrett had several NFL stops as a player, including four seasons with the Giants as a backup quarterback from 2000-03. He began his NFL coaching career as Miami’s quarterbacks coach under Nick Saban in 2005 and became Dallas’ offensive coordinator in 2007.

The Giants also interviewed Mike Shula for the job this week. Shula, the only other known candidate, was the Bucs offensive coordinator from 1996-99.

This season Shula was the Giants’ offensive coordinator under since-fired Pat Shurmur. Shula is expected to become quarterbacks coach for the Broncos, where Shurmur is the new offensive coordinator.

New coordinator Brady outlines plan for Panthers offense

Joe Brady’s offensive system worked wonders at LSU, helping the Tigers lead the nation in yards and points en route to a unbeaten season that culminated in a 42-25 win over Clemson in the national title game.

But Brady said there’s no guarantee that scheme will work at the NFL level — or that it will be the system he runs next season with the Panthers.

Carolina’s new offensive coordinator was non-committal Friday over the idea of bringing his spread offense concepts to the NFL, saying he plans to develop a system that best utilizes the skills of the players on the roster.

“We found what our players did well and we put them in position to have success,” Brady said of his one season at LSU. “We weren’t running plays to run plays. We were truly looking to find out what our guys do well. And that takes time. In a professional league, that’s OTAs, that’s minicamp, that’s training camp.”

Brady believes it is important to be innovative and stay ahead of the curve.

“The game evolves every year and I think as a play caller, as a coach, you have to evolve,” Brady said. “The game you saw in the NFL this year is probably going to change next year and you have to be innovative and stay on top of it. Look, there is no such thing as a bad idea right now. So let’s work toward creating a system that we feel proud of.”

Brady said it is far too early to evaluate the team’s quarterback situation, and he didn’t want to get into talking about specific personnel.

Cam Newton has been Carolina’s quarterback since 2012, but the 31-year-old has struggled with shoulder and foot injuries the past two seasons and his future remains uncertain. The Panthers can save $19 million under the 2020 salary cap if they cut or trade Newton.

Kyle Allen and Will Grier are the other quarterbacks on the roster.

Brady said so much of what he’ll do depends on who’s on the roster — and that it’s far too early to know that right now.

“Our system is going to be doing what our players do best,” Brady said. “And I think that changes year to year. That changes based upon what you have. At the end of the day it’s all about a vision of what you have for your players. Each person on your offense, you should have a vision for. When you can find guys that fit the vision and can understand their role, that is when you have success.”

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