They say that time heals all wounds, but it turns out that Dez Bryant needs a little more time.
The former Dallas Cowboys receiver took to Twitter Tuesday with a shot at his ex-coach, Jason Garrett, who was just fired as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Bryant addressed his message to Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney.
“After hearing the News about JG,” Bryant wrote. “Kadarius Toney you will get to experience the love and Joy for football throughout your career.”
The Giants offense had struggled under Garrett, who was in his second season as their OC. Toney, the team’s first-round pick this year, is a dynamic talent. But he has only had one game of 100-plus yards receiving this season and has yet to find the end zone even a single time. Toney has had issues with the Giants and vented about his role on the team.
As for Bryant, he had Garrett as his head coach for all eight of his seasons in Dallas. The ex-Pro Bowler was much more critical of Garrett after their split, and it appears he has not gained any fondness for Garrett in recent years. Bryant seems to think that Garrett has a way of holding star receivers back.
Photo: Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Giants have struggled to score points this season, and their offensive coordinator is seemingly taking the fall for that.
The Giants announced on Tuesday that they have fired OC Jason Garrett. The move came on the heels of the team’s 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, who is New York’s tight ends coach, is viewed as the most likely replacement for Garrett.
Garrett was in his second season as offensive coordinator of the Giants. He was the head coach of the divisional rival Dallas Cowboys prior to being hired by Joe Judge. The Giants were hopeful that Garrett, a former quarterback, could help Daniel Jones develop into a more complete player.
Jones has not made strides in his third NFL season. He has a passer rating of 84.0 and has thrown nine touchdowns compared to seven interceptions in 10 games.
The Giants have averaged just 18.9 points per game this season, which ranks in the bottom 10 among NFL teams.
Jason Garrett had a nice message for Kellen Moore and some of his other former players despite losing badly to them on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys throttled the injury-riddled New York Giants in Week 5, winning 44-20. The game featured two offensive coordinators who used to work together in Garrett and Kellen Moore.
Garrett was the Cowboys’ head coach from 2010-2019. Moore played quarterback for Garrett in Dallas from 2015-2017. Moore then became Dallas’ quarterbacks coach in 2018 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2019. Garrett is now the Giants’ offensive coordinator, while Moore remained as Dallas’ offensive coordinator under Mike McCarthy.
After the game, Garrett had some nice messages for his former players/staffers. As shown in a “Sounds from the Sideline” video on the Dallas Cowboys’ website, Garrett congratulated Ezekiel Elliott on the big game. Then he gave Moore a big smile and hug. He told Moore “way to dominate. Hell of a job. Miss you. I miss you, you’re doing a great job.”
That’s pretty nice and magnanimous of Garrett, especially considering he was let go by the Cowboys and just lot to them badly. Maybe this sort of warmth and positive attitude from Garrett helps to explain why it was so hard for Jerry Jones to let him go.
Kenny Golladay on Monday addressed the video that went viral of him yelling on the sidelines on Thursday night.
The New York Giants wide receiver was shown by TV cameras yelling on the sidelines during his team’s 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team.
The belief at the time was that he was yelling at Daniel Jones because he was not getting the ball. Jones acknowledged after the game that Golladay was “frustrated” at the situation. But the third-year quarterback said all was good between him and Golladay.
On Monday, Golladay said that he was actually yelling at Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
Garrett is in his second season with the Giants, while Golladay is in his first season.
As we believed, Golladay was frustrated because in big situations, the ball wasn’t going to him late in the game.
A high-priced free agent signing from Detroit, Golladay has seven catches for 102 yards in two games with his new team.
We know someone Golladay should reach out to if he wants to commiserate with about Garrett.
New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is sounding an optimistic note about running back Saquon Barkley’s Week 1 status.
Barkley was a full participant in Thursday’s practice as the Giants continue to work him back from a knee injury last year. Garrett suggested Barkley is in top shape already ahead of Week 1.
“A lot of confidence in him as a player,” Garrett said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I think he’s done a great job to get himself back healthy and 100 percent.”
It certainly suggests that Barkley is in line to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Just how big his workload is, however, remains to be seen. Even if the Giants do believe Barkley is at full strength, it makes sense to ramp up his workload slowly to avoid any reinjury, and it sounds like that’s the likeliest outcome.
Barkley accumulated 2,310 rushing yards in his first two NFL seasons before suffering his knee injury last year.
New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had an awkward exchange with a reporter this week, and Ron Rivera may have thrown a friendly jab at him on Sunday. It’s also possible that the Washington Football Team coach was trolling Deion Sanders.
As Rivera was exiting his Sunday press conference, a reporter thanked him and called him “Ron.” Rivera joked that he would rather be called “coach.”
Garrett was wrapping up his press conference with the media earlier this week and said “good to see you guys” before walking off. He then needled reporters for not showing the same type of enthusiasm.
Some interpreted that to mean Garrett wants to be called “coach,” but ESPN’s Todd Archer said that was not the case. He said Garrett always greets the media like that and was giving them a hard time for not saying “good to see you” back. Still, Rivera may have been taking a shot at his division rival.
Or, Rivera could have been trolling Sanders, who recently made a huge fuss about being called by his name rather than “coach.” Sanders later sent a cryptic tweet in which he appeared to deny being angry.
Whatever the case, Sunday’s quip from Riverboat Ron was well timed.
Jason Garrett is no longer the whipping boy in Dallas and suddenly seems to be an attractive coach again.
Garrett will interview for the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coaching job, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday.
The Chargers have a vacancy after firing Anthony Lynn following a 7-9 season.
Garrett was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2011-2019. He went 85-67 during his tenure and only had one losing season. He made the playoffs three times but never advanced past the divisional round. He was frequently criticized for various decisions.
Now 54, Garrett spent this season as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
The Chargers job is viewed as highly desirable because they have the most essential building block for a team: a franchise quarterback.
Freddie Kitchens spent one miserable season as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns last year, and he now has an opportunity to play a huge role when his new team faces his former team on Sunday.
The New York Giants announced on Thursday that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has tested positive for COVID-19. Kitchens, who is the team’s tight ends coach, will now call plays against the Browns on Sunday night, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Kitchens enjoyed success as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator. His work in developing Baker Mayfield was the main reason he was promoted to head coach, but the gig was a disaster for him. The Browns went 6-10 last season and Kitchens was fired.
As if the Kitchens narrative wasn’t rich enough, former Browns quarterback Colt McCoy could also get the start against his former team if Daniel Jones is once again unable to play.
The Browns are coming off a heartbreaking 47-42 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It will be interesting to see how they respond, but facing Kitchens may give Mayfield some added motivation.
Dak Prescott suffered a horrific ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, and Jason Garrett was among those who came over to check on the Dallas Cowboys quarterback following the play.
Prescott was tackled on a scrambling play in the third quarter and had his ankle turn awkwardly underneath him (video here). He then remained down on the turf for a while with his ankle twisted in a gruesome way.
Garrett, who was the Cowboys’ head coach and is now the offensive coordinator with the Giants, came over to check on Prescott.
Prescott and several other players were emotional as the two-time Pro Bowler was carted off the field.
Garrett checking on Prescott was an illustration of the severity of the injury.
The Cowboys later announced that Prescott was being taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Jason Garrett’s stock has dipped somewhat since his firing as Dallas Cowboys head coach, but one notable figure believes that he will be a great fit in New York with young quarterback Daniel Jones.
In an interview this weekend with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, former New York Giants quarterback Kerry Collins raved about the pairing between Garrett, the Giants’ new offensive coordinator, and Jones.
“For a young guy like Jones, who has obviously shown a lot of ability, Jason is gonna help him immensely, with everything,” said Collins. “He’s not just gonna be an X’s and O’s guy, he’s gonna talk about that position and what it means to be successful. I’m really excited to see that combination.
“I’m sure Jason is gonna be heavily involved with Daniel’s development,” Collins added. “I just could not think of a better guy to have with Jones right now. His brains, the kind of guy he is, I think that match will be just absolutely phenomenal.”
Collins, the two-time Pro Bowler, was the quarterback for the Giants for five seasons from 1999 to 2003, serving as a predecessor to Jones’ predecessor, Eli Manning. Meanwhile, Garrett, himself a former quarterback, was Collins’ backup in New York for four of those seasons.
As for Jones, he showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season but was otherwise marred by constant turnovers, both in terms of interceptions and fumbles. While the type of offense that Garrett wants to run in New York raises some questions, Collins obviously feels that Garrett’s presence and overall experience will do wonders for Jones’ development.