Duke’s football team has been struggling recently, but they may have found the answer to their problems.
The Blue Devils are looking for a new coach after pushing out David Cutcliffe. They had interest in former Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, who took the Virginia job. Now they may have a leading candidate for the job.
ESPN’s Suzy Kolber reported on Friday that former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is the “frontrunner” for Duke.
We shared on Wednesday that Garrett was being viewed as a candidate for the Duke job. They also were said to have been considering Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko, Army’s Jeff Monken and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun for the position.
Garrett, 55, was fired by the New York Giants just before Thanksgiving during his second season as their offensive coordinator. He previously served as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach.
All of Garrett’s coaching experience has come at the NFL level.
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Duke football is looking for a new head coach after pushing out David Cutcliffe, and they have several possible replacements in mind. One of the candidates for the job is a familiar name.
The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Duke has interest in Jason Garrett for their head coaching position.
Garrett, 55, was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2011-2019 before being let go by the team. He then became the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants but was fired this season.
Garrett seems like a long shot for the job. He played college ball at Princeton and then was a quarterback in the NFL for the Cowboys and other teams. All of his coaching experience has come in the NFL.
Duke reportedly has interest in Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko. Army’s Jeff Monken and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun are also mentioned as other potential candidates.
Duke is famously a basketball school and went 3-9 this season, including 0-8 in ACC play. Cutclife had been the program’s coach since 2008. He led the team to six bowl games and a top-25 finish during a 10-4 season in 2013 — no small feat.
Whoever takes the job will have a tough road ahead.
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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.