Stephen Jones praises Giants for hiring Jason Garrett as new OC
Jason Garrett was not the right guy for the Dallas Cowboys’ head coaching job, but at least one member of his former organization believes the New York Giants made a savvy move by hiring him as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
Following a seemingly endless stint on the hot seat — not to mention an ensuing protracted contemplation about his future with the organization following the conclusion of the season — the Cowboys finally decided to cut ties with Garrett on Jan. 5.
Now, with Garrett in the fold with a division rival, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones indicated this week the Giants could not have picked a better person for the job.
“Jason is a football guy. He wants to go coach. He’s a great offensive mind. They got a good one in coach Garrett,” Jones said Tuesday, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. “He was nothing but a class act here. I know he’ll certainly help the Giants get on the road to where they want to go.”
Garrett was believed to be a hot commodity when it came to the several offensive coordinator vacancies throughout the NFL, and the Giants ultimately made the decision to bring him aboard.
The belief is that the Giants found Garrett to be a particularly attractive candidate for the OC job in light of how the team filled its head coaching vacancy with former Patriots assistant coach Joe Judge, who doesn’t bring a wealth of experience to the job.
It’s hard to pin down whether Jones was simply being diplomatic with his endorsement of Garrett, believes the Giants made a great hire or possibly a little bit of both.
Given how long the Cowboys allowed Garrett to dangle — it seemed like he was one Jerry Jones whim away from getting fired on multiple occasions over the past several years — odds are all involved parties are relieved the long-simmering uncertainty is finally at an end.