New York Giants head coach Joe Judge has apparently found his fall guy in Jason Garrett. After less than two seasons as the Giants’ offensive coordinator, Garrett was given his walking papers on Tuesday.
“Freddie Kitchens, Joe Judge’s senior offensive assistant, is expected to take over playcalling with Garrett gone, starting with Sunday’s visit from the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) — a division rival that has won three of four by scoring 44, 30 and 40 points in those victories,” Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News reported Tuesday.
This move comes one day after the Giants fell to the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the score of 30-10 to move to 3-7 campaign. The Jason Garrett-led offense put up a total of 10 points and turned the ball over three times.
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Jason Garrett fired by the New York Giants
It’s no real surprise that Garrett has been fired a mere 26 games into his tenure with the Giants. He oversaw a unit that finished 31st in total yards and points scored a season ago. The Giants have not been much better this season with New York ranking 23rd and 25, respectively.
More than anything, the decision to fire Garrett has to do with the lack of progression from young quarterback Daniel Jones.
Dating back to his days as the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator and head coach, Garrett has had a reputation for working with young quarterbacks. Obviously, things never got going between him and Jones. Through the first 10 games of his third NFL season, Jones has accounted for nine touchdowns and 10 turnovers. That’s just not going to cut it.
As Leonard noted, Freddie Kitchens takes over as the Giants’ interim coordinator. He served in that same role with the Cleveland Browns back in 2018 before being one-and-done as their head coach the following season.