Jason Garrett takes high road about Cowboys departure, focused on Giants
Jason Garrett took the high road on Tuesday when addressing his controversial departure from the Dallas Cowboys. What’s more, the first-year New York Giants offensive coordinator preferred to direct the discussion toward his future with his new team.
It was widely viewed as a foregone conclusion that the Cowboys would cut ties with their long-embattled head coach after the 2019 campaign. Garrett’s contract expired at season’s end, and the Cowboys were clearly reluctant to sign him to an extension during the season. The longtime Cowboys head coach was left twisting in the wind for weeks until owner Jerry Jones finally pulled the trigger on Jan. 17.
The Giants quickly snatched up Garrett, hiring him on Jan. 5.
Speaking to the media for the first time since his tumultuous offseason, Garrett did address his lengthy stint with the Cowboys organization.
“I just want to acknowledge my time in Dallas and how grateful I am for the whole experience and everyone in the Cowboys organization for the opportunity and the support and the lifelong friendships that I’ve made,” Garrett said on a video call, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
With that out of the way, Garrett indicated any further questions should center around his next chapter with the Giants.
“Having said that, this is a new day and I’m awfully excited about being a part of the New York Football Giants and being back in this part of the country with this amazing organization where I’ve had so many great times in the past,” Garrett continued. “So with all due respect, I’d love to have the questions that we talk about today be focused on what’s happening here with the Giants than Dallas.”
It’s clear Garrett prefers to leave his time with the Cowboys in the past, and given how awkward things got toward the end of his time in Big D, that position is understandable.
Garrett went on to say how excited he is to join Joe Judge’s coaching staff and work with second-year quarterback Daniel Jones.
“Again, just excited about the opportunity that I have and the role I have here with the Giants,” Garrett said.
There was some initial concern about Garrett joining the staff of a less experienced head coach, but it appears he’s committed to making it work.