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Look familiar? Mike McCarthy's Cowboys face ex-coach Jason Garrett, Giants

Oct 7, 2020
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FRISCO, Texas -- It was supposed to be different. It was supposed to be better. But, the beginning of the coach Mike McCarthy era -- where the Dallas Cowboys are 1-3 -- does not look dissimilar to the Jason Garrett era.

The Cowboys' present meets with its past Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS) at AT&T Stadium when Garrett arrives as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

It has not been the start Garrett -- as well as first-year Giants head coach Joe Judge -- wanted, either. The Giants are 0-4 and their offense is as miserable as the Cowboys' defense. The Giants lost running back Saquon Barkley for the season to a knee injury in Week 2. They have scored 47 points in four games, or 2 fewer points than the Cleveland Browns scored in a Week 4 win against the Cowboys.

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But New York's problem is of little concern to the Cowboys, considering their own issues.

For nine seasons, Garrett was the Cowboys' full-time head coach. He was tagged as owner and general manager Jerry Jones' Tom Landry almost from the minute he was named offensive coordinator before Wade Phillips was named head coach in 2007. Midway through the 2010 season, Garrett took over as the interim coach when Phillips was fired with a 1-7 record.

Three times, Garrett led the Cowboys to the playoffs. Twice they were knocked out by McCarthy's Green Bay Packers.

Garrett, during his Dallas tenure, was critiqued for game management, questionable decision-making and conservative play. The Cowboys got off to slow starts in games, struggled against quality opponents, had crushing penalties, turned the ball over too much and took the ball away too little.

In four games, McCarthy has been critiqued for game management and decision-making, but there has been nothing conservative about the approach in-game from eschewing a short, game-tying field goal in the season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams to two failed fake punt tries against the Atlanta Falcons in a Week 2 win. The Cowboys in 2020 have gotten off to slow starts, struggled against quality opponents, had crushing penalties, turned the ball over too much and taken the ball away too little.

"I'm disappointed," McCarthy said Sunday after the loss to Cleveland. "Now that we have four games under our belt, we need to start games better. We need to do a better job of bringing our preparation to the performance and that starts with me. When your team performs and makes similar mistakes, four weeks is a pattern. So, this pattern needs to stop. That starts with leadership. That will be the focus."

McCarthy has been 1-3 once in his head-coaching career, a mark that came in 2006, his first season with the Packers. Green Bay rallied to an 8-8 finish that season.

Garrett was never 1-3 as Cowboys coach, but he had four 8-8 finishes, including in 2019 which culminated in his departure.

"The biggest mistake people make are pulling the trigger too soon," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "I just believe that. Anytime you make changes, you're going to have growing pains when you change things out. Some coaches have different ideas of the personnel they want. Some have different systems which require different personnel. ... I'm a big believer that tenure is a really good thing."

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To the Joneses, it's not that Garrett and the Cowboys under him lost, it's that he ran out of time. He had the second-longest tenure (nine) and second-most wins (85) in franchise history to Landry. But he could not do what Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer did: win a Super Bowl.

Garrett won two playoff games and had the best record in the NFC in 2016. And while the Cowboys were in contention every season but 2015, Dallas never made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

Jones gives Garrett credit for part of the Cowboys' draft success because of how well he worked with vice president of player personnel Will McClay and forced the coaches and scouts to come to a consensus on players.

"Even though the guy is super smart and did a lot of good things, sometimes in order to make the next step, which we all knew was our goal every step of the way and still is -- you've got to make a change," Stephen Jones said. "Your players need to hear a different way of going about it, a different voice. I think that's just where we ended up. In no way is it a negative in my mind toward the way we think of Jason. It's just thinking, 'Hey, as an organization, our players, our staff, everybody, it's time to hear a different leadership voice.'"

If Garrett's players did not always play well, they almost always played hard. It's something McCarthy has come to learn about the core group that grew up under Garrett, including offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Zack Martin, quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

Players are adjusting to McCarthy's more direct style and believe in what he is saying. After Sunday's loss, Prescott said his hope in a turnaround comes from leaders on the team, which starts with the coach.

"He's one of those coaches that it hurts when you lose a game like this. It hurts that you let him down," Prescott said. "You're more hurt that you disappoint him, and you'd rather him be mad at you. He comes in each and every day and leads the right way, and we have to be better executing on the field for him and the rest of the coaches. ... Each and every man on this team and the resiliency of this team together will show as we keep moving forward this season."

Prescott said something similar under Garrett after the Cowboys' 3-5 start in 2018 turned into a 10-6 finish and a playoff appearance.

In 2014, McCarthy's Packers were 1-2 when quarterback Aaron Rodgers told everybody to R-E-L-A-X and they finished 12-4 and made the NFC title game, eliminating Garrett's Cowboys in the cruelest of ways in the divisional round when Dez Bryant's catch was overturned by replay.

"Nothing really ever surprises me in the National Football League and game of football," McCarthy said. "The longer you're in this league, just when you think you've seen everything, something else crazy happens. I don't like what our record is. There's a number of things I love what we've been able to do and players are in tune with the mistakes we've made. The only disappointment I have as the head coach is we've had some repeated mistakes, repeated issues and that's the part we have to get that right."

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Jason Garrett is out as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. It was not for a lack of opportunity.

The sideline general of America’s Team ended his career with just one losing season, but only two playoff wins to show for nearly a decade of hard work. Under his guidance, the Cowboys won the NFC East in three of the past six seasons and held the league’s top record in 2016. Despite all that, owner Jerry Jones never got to host an NFC Championship Game in Dallas — hell, he never even made it that far in the postseason.

That was the rub with Garrett: his innate ability to coach a good football team wound up being the Cowboys’ biggest obstacle toward being a great one. The head coach was only blow-it-up bad once in his Texas tenure, and that was a season in which Tony Romo missed 12 games. One year later, he shook off another Romo injury and pushed his team, led by fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott, to a 13-win campaign.

That accomplishment bought Garrett some much-needed goodwill. It also stands as his high-water mark as an NFL head coach, and it ended with a one-and-done postseason. So how should we remember the Garrett era in Dallas?

Garrett could do more with less

If you gave Garrett the keys to the kitchen and a moderately stocked cupboard, he could turn a bunch of random supplies from the pantry into a three-star meal. An 85-67 career regular season record — the rough equivalent of a 9-7 record every year — is proof of that.

As Blogging the Boys’ Dan Rogers pointed out last spring, one of Garrett’s biggest strengths was his ability to fend off a rebuild despite overseeing a transitional era in Dallas. Garrett was able to plan around injuries and free agency losses to build a competitive team throughout his nine-plus years at the helm. He had winning records with Romo, Prescott, and (for his first eight games as the team’s head coach) Jon Kitna behind center.

He also had a knack for pulling out big performances when he needed them the most. Three straight 8-8 seasons from 2011-13 put him on the hot seat, but a 12-win 2014 put him back on the throne. He was rewarded by 2015’s 4-12 record with a draft haul that featured five different starters, including Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, and Maliek Collins. He took his Cowboys to a new level in the years that followed, but never made the leap from “intimidating on paper” to “intimidating in the playoffs.”


Garrett’s inability to adjust doomed him

Garrett was great at devising gameplans to suit the pieces he had. But when dynamic variables were added to the mix, his effectiveness nosedived. The often robotic head coach struggled to deviate from his blueprints when opponents presented unforeseen challenges that forced him into uncomfortable situations.

In 2019, that manifested in several ways. An offense that ranked second in the NFL in efficiency, per Football Outsiders DVOA metric, couldn’t find its way past the Patriots or Saints in games where those two teams were held to 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Those losses were emblematic of the Cowboys’ season. While defensive collapses often doomed Garrett’s Cowboys in the past, he found ways to lose this fall even when his ‘D’ played well. Beating the Cowboys this season was typically accomplished by limiting the offense early and daring them to adjust.

Garrett’s 2019 offense scored just 6.1 first-half points per game in its losses. Prescott, for as much as he improved this season, had more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) in the opening halves of those eight games. While the offense improved in the second halves of those games, averaging 10.8 points in the third and fourth quarters, it could never flip an “L” to a “W.”

Garrett’s Cowboys, with first-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore calling the shots, were also predictable. Dallas’s commitment to “establishing the run” has become meme-worthy. Since drafting Elliott in 2016, the Cowboys have called running plays on 58.5 percent of their first downs. The rest of the NFC East, for comparison, ran on first down 49.5 percent of the time.

Sure, you can explain some of that away thanks to a winning team working to grind down clock, but the Patriots — the NFL’s winningest team from 2016-2019 — only ran the ball 54.5 percent of the time on first down in that span. Opposing defenses knew what to expect from Garrett, even when he dialed back his run-heavy tendencies to 53.5 percent of first downs this fall.

The fact that Prescott performed so well while attempting 70 more passes than his next most pass-heavy season is more evidence Garrett should have changed tacks sooner. Prescott’s 8.2 yards per attempt were a career high. He had the second-best season of his career in terms of both passer rating and QBR despite being asked to do more.

Instead of leaning on a promising young passer, the Cowboys ran themselves into a lot of second- and third-and-long situations from which they struggled to recover. A team with a Pro Bowl big three of Prescott, Cooper and Elliott only managed to go 8-8 in 2019.

The offense was especially problematic next to a defense that was better on paper that it was as a product. The Cowboys were a borderline top 10 team when it came to opponent yards gained and scoring, but by DVOA they ranked outside the top 20. The shaky passing trio of Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Mitchell Trubisky combined to throw for six touchdowns, more than 800 yards and a 116.7 passer rating against them. All things considered, that may be the most damning statistic of the Cowboys’ season.

Except maybe this: Dallas went 1-6 against playoff teams in Garrett’s last season.

What should come next for the Cowboys?

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Dallas has agreed to terms with former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy, more than a year removed from being fired by the Packers, has a Super Bowl ring to his credit, but is tainted by his waning effectiveness in Green Bay (and the Pack’s subsequent resurgence without him). In 13 seasons with the Packers, he went 125-2-77 (.618) as a head coach. McCarthy might not be that much different than Jones, when looking at the two coach’s careers:

Like Garrett, his tenure as longtime head coach of a storied NFL franchise was always defined by the feeling he should have done more. His career as the Packers’ head coach outside that magical 2010 playoff run featured a 6-8 postseason record (.428 winning percentage). Aaron Rodgers’ career peaked over the six years that followed — he won two MVP awards, led the league in passer rating twice, and threw 210 touchdown passes in 88 games — but McCarthy could never get him back to the promised land.

Now let’s take a look back at this team’s last coaching hire.

Jerry Jones’ reaction to good, but never great results under a defensively minded head coach in Wade Phillips (.607 winning percentage in Dallas) was to hire a rising coach with an offensive background in Garrett, who aced his interim tryout and parlayed that into nine seasons. Now Jones will try to rectify good, but never great, results under an offensively minded head coach (Garrett had a .563 win percentage).

The Cowboys are loaded with offensive talent, and could use someone who is capable of finally turning their star-studded, but inconsistent, defense into a powerhouse. That may suggest turning to a former defensive coordinator for the head coaching job, but recent NFL trends indicate Dallas will instead try to level up Prescott’s offense and bank on a dynamic DC to sort out the other side of the ball. Of the last 14 NFL head coaches hired, nine previously served as offensive assistants.

Dallas hosted a handful of candidates all hoping to lead the Cowboys’ renaissance on both sides of the ball. McCarthy will inherit what’s likely the best available roster that a free agent coach can find.

Garrett’s near decade in charge produced few highs and few lows, and instead created a football purgatory in Dallas that wasted some MVP-caliber performances. McCarthy now inherits a roster filled with young players entering their primes (and a scheduled arrival in salary cap hell when those players demand higher salaries). Coaching the Cowboys won’t be an easy task, but when the other options for a prospective head coach include the Browns, Dallas has to be considered an oasis in this winter’s coaching desert.

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Giants Coordinator Jason Garrett Roasted for Demanding Reporters Call Him ‘Coach’: ‘Lighten Up Francis’

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Officially, Jason Garrett is the New York Giants offensive coordinator. He has not had “coach” in his title since being fired from the Dallas Cowboys after the 2019 season. But Garrett still prefers to be called “coach,” even by people he doesn’t coach.

Reporters at a press conference Thursday said “Good to see you in person, Jason.”

The Giants coordinator responded with: “Good to see you, coach. That’s how we do it around here,” as he walked out of the presser.

Offering a smirk as he exited the podium, it’s unclear whether Garrett was joking or truly expects his demand to be met. Garrett is currently in his second year as the Giants offensive coordinator, following nine and a half seasons as the Cowboys head coach, where he depicted mediocrity by winning just two playoff games.

Deion Sanders made similar demands last month, when he walked out on an Alabama reporter for not calling him “coach.”

At least Sanders is actually a head coach, in his second season with Jackson State. Two weeks after Sanders appeared agitated, Garrett had his chance to get equally roasted on social media following the plea for respect.

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Mike McCarthy has made offense fun and sexy — but Jason Garrett laid the groundwork for Cowboys - David Moore, DMN

Kellen Moore vs. Jason Garrett.

No coordinator is a hotter commodity four weeks deep into the season than Kellen Moore.

The Cowboys average 420.8 yards to rank third in the NFL. Their average of 31.5 points ranks fourth.

Every offensive game plan has been on target and executed with clinical precision. Elliott talks about how the players have complete confidence in whatever plan Moore devises for a particular game. Prescott likes to say the coordinator is on fire and in his bag.

“We’re not just going to play smash-mouth every play and run play action,’’ Moore said. “We’re going to be willing to open it up and go for it and have some fun.’’

Moore deserves all the bouquets thrown in his direction. But who shapes the offensive approach with him week in and week out? Who’s given the young coordinator more creative license? Who encourages Moore to push the envelope and given him more latitude?


Impose your will. That was Garrett’s approach to offense. It was about overpowering the opponent and wearing them down over the course of the game with physicality and execution. Hammer the defense on the ground with Elliott, have Prescott take a few, selective shots down the field and control the clock.

Garrett placed such value in the work that he was often slow to adapt within the game if presented with a defensive wrinkle. He trusted the preparation and was inclined to try and plow through for as long as possible. He was more stubborn than responsive.

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Rob Phillips: Not that the Cowboys need any additional motivation for Sunday besides pushing their win streak to four, but here are three obvious messages: it’s a division game, and who knows what can happen in those; the Giants (1-3) found some momentum with an overtime win over the Saints; and they sent the Cowboys home in last year’s season finale. Saquon Barkley is back for New York, and Daniel Jones looks more comfortable in the pocket (he’s turned it over just twice in four games). The biggest key for the Giants will be pressure on Dak Prescott. They didn’t have a quarterback hit or sack in the Saints game. Overall, though, the Cowboys are clicking in too many areas. I think they’ll win again, something like 31-20.

David Helman: I’m not here to overthink. The Cowboys have every conceivable advantage in this matchup, and I trust their head coach and quarterback to keep them focused on the importance of a division matchup. Since getting swept by them as a rookie, Dak Prescott absolutely owns the New York Giants. In seven wins since 2016, he’s averaging 282 passing yards per game, completing 66% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions. On top of that, you can bet he wants to make a statement on the one-year anniversary of his season-ending injury against this team in 2020. This is the third-most efficient offense in the NFL, according to FootballOutsiders, and I just can’t imagine the Giants can hold them below 27 or so points. I know Daniel Jones blew up last week, but I trust the full body of work that suggests the Giants are a sluggish offense more than I trust one fourth quarter comeback. There will be some drama, because it is a division game at the end of the day. But I trust the Cowboys to separate eventually and improve to 4-1 with a 34-17 win.

Keys To Victory: Keeping It “Clean” Is A Must - DallasCowboys.com

The keys to victory when the Cowboys meet the Giants.

The Cowboys will win if…

The Cowboys can keep the momentum rolling by playing a clean game of complementary football. The team must focus on winning the critical battles that routinely decide the outcome of games. From winning the turnover battle to minimizing their turnovers, penalties, and big plays allowed, the Cowboys must excel in the “DBO” (Don’t Beat Ourselves) categories to add a mark in the win column.

The offense, in particular, must adhere to an efficient game plan that enables them to rely on their stars to make enough plays to win. Starting the Dak Prescott and the perimeter playmakers, the Cowboys must take what the defense allows without losing their patience or discipline hunting for big plays. No.4 simply needs to get the ball to the open receiver and force the defense to defend every blade of grass/turf on the field. While most of the ball will go to Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the emergence of Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin as reliable chain movers could change the equation for the Giants. The tight end duo has been effective between the numbers and their athleticism could create some mismatches over the middle.

Dallas Cowboys: Dalton Schultz might be playing himself out of Dallas - Reid Hanson, Fansided

Dalton Schulz has been really good for the Cowboys over his last season and half.

In just four games, Schultz has collected 20 receptions on 23 targets for 201 yards . He’s done so on a fairly loaded Dallas roster, sharing time with another explosive tight end, Blake Jarwin. What he’s achieving is downright spectacular when you really think about it.

Being a contract year for Schultz, it couldn’t be happening at a better time. Last season was his coming out party and this season he’s about to blow 2020 out of the water. I don’t have to tell you, stacking career year on top of career year is a great way to cash-in in free agency.

In true, “this is why we can’t have nice things” fashion, Dalton may be playing too well. If things continue on their pace, Schultz is going to be in high demand this offseason. Last offseason Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry pulled in contracts worth $50 million and $37.5 million, respectively ($12.5M AAV). And that happened in a COVID-induced economic downturn. Imagine what a top TE like Schultz will demand in 2022 when more of the TV money hits and teams will have their full stadium revenue back on the books.

Currently rated as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 TE in the league, Schultz is winning in multiple ways. He’s a strong blocker and savvy route runner. He’s not explosive after the catch but he ain’t Jason Witten-slow either. Schultz has enough shimmy and shake to his game he can collect some extra yards in the open field. You may be surprised to know, of his 201 total receiving yards, 127 of it is YAC (yards after the catch).

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Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett under the microscope as OTAs open Monday

Pat Leonard

By Pat Leonard

New York Daily News|

May 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Daniel Jones and Dave Gettleman aren’t the only Giants entering a judgment season.

Jason Garrett is, too, as full-team voluntary OTA practices open on Monday.

Any progress the Giants made in Year 1 on Joe Judge’s watch did not happen on the offensive side of the ball.

Garrett, the longtime Dallas Cowboys head coach, is the one in charge of developing Jones and turning this offense into a more creative, unpredictable, productive system.

Judge bears responsibility, too. He is the head coach. But at least from a game plan, C.E.O. and defensive standpoint, the head coach passed the smell test last season.

Garrett’s offense did not. It didn’t even come close.

And while it wasn’t Garrett who overthrew a wide open Darius Slayton at Dallas in Week 5 or dropped a fourth-quarter pass at Philadelphia in Week 7, he was the architect of the NFL’s second-lowest scoring offense in 2020.

Jason Garrett (l.) and Daniel Jones are going to need to step it up in 2021 for the Giants to field a more explosive offense.

Garrett didn’t have Saquon Barkley for most of the year, but averaging 17.5 points per game still was unacceptable. Now, there will be no time for growing pains this fall. The Giants have to start scoring with modern NFL offenses like the Chiefs, Packers, Bills, Bucs, Ravens, Titans and Saints.

To hammer this point home, Judge has shifted several cooks into Garrett’s offensive kitchen — including Freddie Kitchens and former O-line coach Pat Flaherty, who both will help with the offensive front.

Jones right now is attracting the most focus and heat, and that isn’t undeserved. He still hasn’t shown that he can play consistently high-scoring, turnover-free football. He belongs on the hot seat. It could be argued the Giants should have pulled the plug already.

The same could be argued about Gettleman, whose roster only now in Year 4 finally has some NFL-level talent and depth on paper.

But if Garrett doesn’t get more creative, doesn’t properly plan for his O-line, doesn’t use the Giants’ weapons, and doesn’t optimize Jones’ chances to succeed, it’s possible Jones will be judged as a bust without ever having an A-list combination of coordinator, line and weapons.

It could turn Jones into a version of the next Sam Darnold, a talented New York quarterback who never got it done but never had the support he needed in the first place, either.

One of the most interesting wrinkles in this Garrett story is the question of how he will incorporate first-round pick Kadarius Toney. Some league sources have expressed concern that Toney, while a talented player, doesn’t fit Garrett’s offense.

Toney has explosive traits, but he is not a prototypical wide receiver. He is a gadget player who can line up in the slot on one play, at running back the next, outside the play after that. He is the kind of receiver who is more likely to take a bubble screen 80 yards than to catch a traditional quick slant.

A team like Kansas City felt like the perfect fit for Toney. The Chiefs are constantly sending speedy receivers in motion pre-snap to confuse the defense before unleashing their speed in unpredictable, knee-buckling ways.

Garrett’s Giants offense, on the other hand, was 31st out of 32 teams in their sparing use of pre-snap motion last season, per Pro Football Focus. Garrett’s offense just isn’t built for this kind of player.

That means change in Garrett’s scheme is mandatory.

“We are going to be looking to go ahead and make sure we create enough versatility in his game to play him in different spots to play him in our system,” Judge said last week. “But also we’ll have to change our system like we do with everything to cater to our players.”

Garrett is more accustomed to the kind of traditional set up he had in Dallas, with Ezekiel Elliott pounding the ball behind one of the league’s best offensive lines. He had Dak Prescott, one of the league’s best young quarterbacks, throwing to a more traditional No. 1 receiver in Amari Cooper and a traditional, productive tight end in Jason Witten.

Gettleman and Judge have given Garrett more of those traditional weapons, too.

Barkley is coming back, with a more traditional backup in Devontae Booker. Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph are bigger-bodied prototypes that Garrett prefers at receiver and tight end.

The only time Garrett ever had a gadget player like Toney, though, was when Tavon Austin played two years for the Cowboys in 2018-19. And he touched the ball 33 times on offense in 24 games, averaging 11.5 snaps the first year and 21.7 the next.

Like Austin, Toney is expected to provide a punt return boost on special teams. So the Giants will find ways to get him involved in a game. But for this draft pick to help Jones, Toney has to be incorporated significantly into a traditional offense that is not built for his skill set.

Garrett is going to have to evolve.

Maybe he’ll use Toney on creative screens to give Jones a quick outlet. Maybe Toney’s yards after catch ability will help the Giants draw up more quick passes on three-step drops that protect both the offensive line and Jones by getting the ball out quickly.

Defenses will be looking for all of this, though. So Toney’s skills won’t just call for creativity. They’ll call for unpredictability and weekly adjustments.

Listen: this roster was bad last season. It’s been bad for many years. But Pat Graham’s defense was adaptable and difficult to play against last season despite its talent deficiencies. Garrett’s offense couldn’t overcome the personnel problems.

Meanwhile, Garrett’s former Cowboys assistant, O-line coach Marc Colombo, was fired midseason for insubordination of Judge. Former Cowboys assistant Stephen Brown is gone after one Giants season, too.

It’s time for Garrett to make this offense erupt. Jones and Gettleman fairly are under the microscope, their Giants futures hanging in the balance depending on whether the 2021 Giants can score.

It only follows that Garrett is, and should be, under that microscope, too.

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Jason Garrett finally gets more aggressive as Giants playcaller in Dallas return

Pat Leonard

By Pat Leonard

New York Daily News|

Oct 11, 2020 at 11:09 PM

The Giants' offense scored 27 points, went 7-of-13 on third downs, and looked more creative and aggressive in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett took more chances downfield against his former team, schemed some ways to get Evan Engram the ball, got Devonta Freeman going, and gave Daniel Jones a better chance to succeed.

It still was far from perfect.

Jones still hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1 (he had one disallowed Sunday due to a penalty). And the offense went five plays and out late in the fourth quarter when it mattered most, giving the Cowboys the ball back for their game-winning drive.

But it was at least a step in the right direction.

“Overall I thought Jason put together a good, aggressive gameplan,” Judge said. “We were taking shots down the field, our guys were making plays. We were in position to go out there and win a football game. Overall I’ve got to watch the tape, but I like the way we called the game today. It was aggressive. We gave our guys shots down the field and guys made plays when we needed them.”

Graham Gano became the first kicker in Giants history to make three field goals of 50 yards or more in the same game. He hit four total from 55, 50, 54 and 28 yards. He is just the 11th kicker in NFL history with three field goals of 50 or more in the same game.


The Giants had two touchdowns disallowed due to penalties: punter Riley Dixon’s 27-yard TD pass to Evan Engram on a fake field goal late in the second quarter was nullified due to an illegal shift penalty on Cam Fleming. And Jones' 31-yard TD pass to Darius Slayton in the third quarter was cancelled by an offensive pass interference penalty on Damien Ratley for a pick.

Judge was red-hot over the fake field goal being disallowed, throwing his headset to the turf. And he confirmed he was upset with his team, not the officials.

“To be honest with you, I was mad at our execution that took points off the board,” Judge said. “That was it, point blank. You prepare for something like that, you call it at a certain time, it came up, you want to see it work. We’ve got to clean that up … It (was) a combination of several things. We have to be better as a unit and make sure we execute that the right way.”

On the disallowed Jones TD pass, Slayton said: “The play’s not designed to pick anybody. It’s just something that happened incidentally so I was not expecting a flag, but it happens.” Judge said “it’s on us to execute it the right way.”

Late in the Cowboys' game-winning drive, defensive lineman B.J. Hill appeared to be held and dragged down by a Cowboys offensive lineman, as well. The back judge looked like he was about to throw a flag and didn’t. Judge wasn’t willing to throw down over that call, either.

“In terms of the holding, again the officials call it, I’m not gonna get into a debate or any kind of public scrutiny of that right there,” Judge said. “It is what it is. We’ve got to play through the situation of what it is.”

Jones had 222 yards passing, and Slayton had 129 of them on eight receptions. Jones unfortunately missed an open Slayton on a deep shot early in the second half. But his wideout says he has supreme confidence in the young QB no matter how many doubters are out there, calling his faith in Jones “through the roof.”

“I believe every ball that comes off his hand is gonna be on the money, and watching him play and throw the ball, it normally is," Slayton said. "So it doesn’t affect my view of him, what others say about him. I work with him every day and know what he brings to the table, so nothing anybody says on the outside is gonna affect my belief.”

Giants edge rusher Lorenzo Carter was carted off early in the game with a non-contact injury to his Achilles, which usually spells doom for a player’s season.

The Giants called it an ankle injury initially, but after CBS reported it as an Achilles, the team amended its public diagnosis.

Judge, asked postgame if Carter’s season is over, said: “I don’t have the official diagnosis right now. Trainers have told me they have to examine him to get the exact deal, but our thoughts and prayers are with him as well. I’m hoping that it’s a short term deal and we’ll get him back. Once the doctor says we’ll know exactly what it is and have an idea for the rest of the season.”

Carter, 24, a third-year edge rusher out of Georgia, had played 84% of the Giants' defensive snaps through their first four games, the fourth-most of anyone on the D.

This year’s NFC East is one of only three divisions ever to have every team below .500 after the first five weeks of a season. CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz relayed that incredible stat during Sunday’s broadcast. The 2013 NFC East and the 1968 Century Division (Browns, Steelers, Saints, St. Louis Cardinals) are the only other two.

The Cowboys (2-3) lead the division right now ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1), Washington (1-4) and the Giants (0-5).

Jabrill Peppers played sparingly, though he did dress and play through a right ankle sprain that had sidelined him in Week 4 against the Rams and limited him in practice all week. He made a nice tackle on Amari Cooper late in the fourth quarter on the Cowboys' game-tying field goal drive … The Giants' inactives were LB T.J. Brunson, TE Eric Tomlinson, OT Jackson Barton and DT R.J. McIntosh … The Giants host The Washington Football Team on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Washington vs Giants Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET

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Jason Garrett: 20 Bold Predictions For New Dallas Cowboys Head Coach In 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Interim head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys during a game against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The interim tag has been removed from Jason Garrett's title.

The NFL Network has reported Garrett will become the Dallas Cowboys' head coach in 2011 after owner and general manager Jerry Jones fired Wade Phillips in November.

Entering today's season finale with Philadelphia, Garrett is 4-3 as head coach.  Even with losses to New Orleans and Philadelphia, Dallas looked more competitive than it did under Phillips. A 27-26 loss at Arizona on Christmas Day though raised questions about whether Garrett lost his grip on the job.

Obviously not. With 2010 winding down, and the awaiting 2011 season, it's time for predictions. Here are 20 things to expect as Garrett begins his first full year as head coach of "America's Team." 

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