Rumors that the New York Giants would eventually interview Jason Garrett for their vacant offensive coordinator position have been circulating ever since Joe Judge was named head coach.
Well, those rumors have reportedly turned to reality with Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reporting that Garrett is at Giants headquarters on Wednesday to discuss that job.
Garrett was recently replaced by Mike McCarthy after 10 seasons as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He was not free to interview until now, though, since his contract with Dallas did not expire until Tuesday.
The Giants are thought to be looking for an experienced coordinator with head coaching experience. They interviewed Mike Shula, who held that role under Pat Shurmur, earlier this week. Former Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is also said to have drawn interest from Judge.
Garrett went 85-67 during his time in Dallas, guiding the Cowboys to the playoffs three times. He was offensive coordinator in Dallas for three seasons before becoming head coach.
After Judge’s introductory press conference last week, co-owner John Mara had expressed a preference for Judge, a 38-year-old who has never been a head coach at any level, having a former head coach on his staff.
“That would be great if he could find the right person, yes,” Mara said.
Garrett is familiar to the Giants not only as coach of teh Cowboys, but because he was a backup quarterback for the team from 2000-2003.
Asked specifically about Garrett becoming offensive coordinator, Mara said:
“I certainly wouldn’t have any objection to that. I have a lot of respect for Jason. At the end of the day, that’s going to be Joe’s decision.”