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Garrett in 2016
|New York Giants|
|Born:||March 28, 1966|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Hunting Valley (OH) University|
|Career highlights and awards
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
Jason Calvin Garrett (born March 28, 1966) is a American football coach and former player who is the offensive cordinator of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Cowboys before being promoted to interim head coach after the firing of Wade Phillips on November 8, 2010. Garrett was also a professional American football quarterback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Princeton University.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Garrett went to prep school at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, as a senior, he won All-League honors as a quarterback and safety. He graduated from University School in 1984.
Garrett was accepted to Princeton, where he began as the starting quarterback of the freshman team, registering 64 completions on 116 attempts for 996 yards. He transferred to Columbia University when his father, Jim Garrett became the head coach in 1985. Following his father's resignation after Columbia's 0–10 1985 season, he and his brothers (Judd and John) transferred to Princeton University, although none played varsity in 1986 for different reasons (Jason was an ineligible transfer).
He sat out the 1986 season because of the transfer rules, while focusing on running the scout team, which included his brothers. The next year, as a junior, he was named the starting quarterback. Although he piloted Princeton to a win against his former team Columbia (a loss that gave Columbia the Division I record for straight losses, at 35), he was also involved in a losing effort against them as a senior, snapping Columbia's by then 44-game losing streak. He received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year. He earned a degree in history in 1989.
He finished his college career completing 366 of 550 passes (66.5%) for 4,274 yards and 20 touchdowns. At the time he was ranked in the categories: lowest pass interception percentage (1.8% – school record), total yards of offense (4,555 – second in school history), total yards of offense in a season (2,485 third in school history), most passing yards (4,274 – second in school history), most passing yards in a season (2,217–- fourth in school history), most completions (366 – second in school history), most completions in a season (204 – third in school history), most touchdown passes (20 – tied for fourth). He continues to hold the Ivy League career record for completion percentage with 66.5% (366–550) and his 1988 percentage of 68.2% (204–299) stood as the league record until 2000, when Gavin Hoffman posted a 70.5% mark.
New Orleans Saints
Garrett was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 1989 NFL Draft and was eventually signed to the practice squad. On September 3, 1990, he was waived by the Saints and spent most of the year working as a coaching assistant for Princeton.
San Antonio Riders
In 1991, Garrett started at quarterback for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football, but he suffered a separated right shoulder in the season opener. Garrett returned to start the sixth and seventh game but was passed on the depth chart by Mike Johnson.
Ottawa Rough Riders
In 1992, with the support of his father, at the time a part of the Dallas Cowboys scouting department, Garrett was signed as a free agent. He was released on August 31 and later signed to the team's practice squad. In 1993, his preseason performances allowed him to make the team as the third-string quarterback behind Troy Aikman and Hugh Millen. He eventually passed Millen on the depth chart. In the eighth game of the season, after Aikman injured his left hamstring against the New York Giants in the third quarter, Garrett finished the game, completing 5 of 6 passes for 34 yards and leading 2 touchdown drives. He was named the starter for the next game against the Phoenix Cardinals, where he completed 2 of 6 passes for 25 yards and helped the team score on a field goal, before being replaced on the third series in favor of Bernie Kosar, who had been signed 4 days earlier. Kosar became the backup quarterback for the rest of the season after the game.
The highlight of Garrett's playing career occurred on the 1994 Thanksgiving Day game when he started in place of backup quarterback Rodney Peete, who was out with a sprained thumb he suffered in a win against the Washington Redskins. Garrett led the Cowboys over the Green Bay Packers by completing 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns in the second half for a comeback win of 42-31, which earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. In 2008, that game was named the fourth-best moment in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN. In 1995 he was promoted to the backup position and in the second game against the Denver Broncos, after Aikman suffered a broken clavicle, Garrett came in to finish the 23-42 loss. He would start the next five games and contribute to a 3-2 mark for a team that would go on to win the NFC East conference by one game over the Arizona Cardinals. In 1999, he started two games for a 1–1 record.
Garrett was a part of the 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl winning teams. In eight seasons with the Cowboys, he played in 39 games and completed 165 of 294 passes (56.1%) for 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
New York Giants
In 2000, Garrett was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants to backup Kerry Collins. On February 27, 2002, he was released for salary cap reasons and re-signed on July 24, although he would be declared inactive in 16 games, after being passed on the depth chart by Jesse Palmer who was named the backup quarterback. In 2003, he was declared inactive in 11 games as the third-string quarterback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On March 15, 2004, Garrett signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was cut on August 31. On October 13, he was re-signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After being declared inactive in week 6 and week 7, he was released on November 6. On November 24, he was signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins and was declared inactive for the last 6 games of the season.
In January 2007, Garrett was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as offensive coordinator. He guided the Cowboys to the 2nd best offense in the NFL, which made him an attractive head coaching prospect. In January 2008, Garrett interviewed for the head coaching job of the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons receiving offers from both, but ultimately opted to remain in Dallas. His salary for the 2008 season was nearly $3 million; the highest salary for an assistant coach in the NFL at the time. On December 29, 2008, the Detroit Lions received permission to speak to Garrett regarding the team's head coaching vacancy according to ESPN sources. In January 2009, the Denver Broncos also interviewed him as a possible replacement for fired coach Mike Shanahan. He was also a finalist for the St. Louis Rams head coaching position, to replace Jim Haslett, the interim head coach. Ultimately, he lost the job to Steve Spagnuolo.
On November 8, 2010, Garrett was named as interim head coach of the Cowboys after fourth-year head coach Wade Phillips was fired after a 1–7 start for the 2010 season. On November 14, Garrett won his first game as a head coach, beating the favored New York Giants by a score of 33–20 in the Meadowlands. The next week, he led the Cowboys to a 35–19 victory over the Detroit Lions, their first home win all season. He finished with a 5-3 record down the stretch. On January 6, 2011, Garrett was officially named the 8th head coach in Cowboys history. He is the first born after the team was founded in 1960, and the first former Cowboys player to hold the post.
He had three straight 8-8 seasons, losing in the last game each season to NFC East division rivals New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles to miss the division championship and the playoffs each time. In 2014, Garrett achieved head-coaching success for the first time. The Cowboys, featuring several key draft picks maturing as the league's best offensive line and the emergence of DeMarco Murray as a dominant running back, won the NFC East with a 12-4 record and were tied for the best record in the conference with the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys were undefeated on the road, including impressive wins over Seattle and the NFC East frontrunners (at the time), the Philadelphia Eagles. Garrett's team lost the three-way tiebreaker to Green Bay and Seattle and therefore hosted the Detroit Lions in a Wildcard game. This game, won 24-20 by the Cowboys, featured a controversial "flag pick up" after a penalty during a late Detroit drive, thereby allowing Dallas an improved chance to make a comeback and defeat the Lions. In the ensuing Divisional Playoff game, hyped as a rematch of the famous Ice Bowl NFL championship game from 1967, Dallas held a lead in the second half, but after losing the lead due to a late Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass, had a potentially game-winning catch by Dez Bryant overturned in official replay, therefore sealing a 26-21 defeat to Green Bay.
On January 13, 2015, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Garrett came to an agreement of a contract, keeping Garrett in Dallas for 5 more years and paying him $30 million. Garrett has now head-coached the Cowboys longer than any other coach except Tom Landry. The Cowboys entered the 2015 season with great expectations, but starting quarterback Tony Romo only played in 4 games after suffering two fractures in his left collarbone, and the team finished with a 4-12 mark. The Cowboys bounced back in 2016 with their best record under Garrett (13-3) with the emergence of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, earning the #1 NFC spot in the playoffs and a first-round bye. However, they were upset by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by a last-second field goal by Mason Crosby, losing the game 34-31. Garrett was named the NFL Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.
In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a 9-7 record and missed out on the playoffs. This was partially because star running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for 6 games due to violating the personal conduct policy.
In 2018, the Garrett-led Cowboys bounced back from a disappointing 3-5 record at the bye week to win 7 of their last 8 games and clinch the NFC East for the 3rd time since Garrett became head coach.
Head coaching record
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|DAL*||2010||5||3||0||.625||3rd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|DAL||2011||8||8||0||.500||3rd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|DAL||2012||8||8||0||.500||3rd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|DAL||2013||8||8||0||.500||2nd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|DAL||2014||12||4||0||.750||1st in NFC East||1||1||.500||Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game|
|DAL||2015||4||12||0||.250||4th in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|DAL||2016||13||3||0||.813||1st in NFC East||0||1||.000||Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game|
|DAL||2017||9||7||0||.563||2nd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|DAL||2018||10||6||0||.625||1st in NFC East||1||1||.500||Lost to Los Angeles Rams in NFC Divisional Game|
* – Interim head coach
Jason's brothers, John and Judd, also played in the World League of American Football, and Judd made second-team All-World League in 1991 after leading the league in catches. John is currently the head coach of the Lafayette College football team, and his younger brother, Judd, works in the Dallas Cowboys front office after being let go as tight ends coach for the St. Louis Rams. Since he played for the London Monarchs, Judd is the only one of the Garretts who played in the WLAF to have a World Bowl ring. Another brother, Jim Garrett III, is a teacher and former football coach.
His father, Jim Garrett (1930-2018), was an assistant coach for the New York Giants (1970–1973), New Orleans Saints (1976–77), and Cleveland Browns (1978–84) and head coach of the Houston Texans of the World Football League (1974) and at Columbia University (1985). From 1987 to 2004, he served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.
Garrett resides in Dallas with his wife, Brill.
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- Biography at dallascowboys.com
- Jason Garrett at ESPN.com
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