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Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys (October 13, 2019)

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REPORTS – GIANTS HIRE JASON GARRETT AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the New York Giants have hired former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett as the team’s new offensive coordinator. The Cowboys decided not to renew Garrett’s contract when it expired on Tuesday. Ironically, the Giants had expressed interest in interviewing Garrett for their head-coaching vacancy before hiring Joe Judge.

The 53-year old Garrett served as Dallas’ head coach since 2011, accruing an 85–67 (.559) regular-season record and a 2-3 (.400) post-season record. Before that, he served in other roles for the Cowboys, including interim head coach (2010), assistant head coach and offensive coordinator (2008-2010), and offensive coordinator (2007). He was also quarterbacks coach of the Miami Dolphins (2005-2006).

Garrett also was a well-traveled, journeyman back-up quarterback who spent time with five NFL teams, including the New York Giants (2000-2003).

REPORT – GIANTS HIRE BURTON BURNS AS RUNNING BACKS COACH…
SiriusXM is reporting that the New York Giants have hired University of Alabama Assistant Athletic Director for Football Burton Burns as the team’s new running back coach. The 67-year old Burns served as running backs coach with Alabama (2007-2017) and Clemson University (1999-2006). Before that he was an assistant coach with Tulane University (1994-1998) and Southern University (1981-1985).

REPORT – GIANTS TO INTERVIEW SCOTT LINEHAN…
ESPN is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge is interested in interviewing Scott Linehan, who last served as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys from 2015 to 2018 and passing game coordinator in 2014. It is not known for which position Linehan will interview. Linehan served under new Giants’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in Dallas.

The 56-year old Linehan also was offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions (2009- 2013), head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-2008), offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins (2005), and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach of the Minnesota Vikings (2002-2004). Before that, he served in a number of offensive positions with the University of Louisville, University of Washington, University of Idaho, and the University of Nevada Las Vega.

REPORT – GIANTS DENIED REQUEST TO INTERVIEW BRIAN DABOLL …
SNY is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll, but the Bills denied that request.

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Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys (December 22, 2019)

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REPORT – GIANTS INTERVIEWING JASON GARRETT FOR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
The NFL Network is reporting that new New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge is interviewing former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position. The Cowboys decided not to renew Garrett’s contract when it expired on Tuesday. Ironically, the Giants had expressed interest in interviewing Garrett for their head-coaching vacancy before hiring Judge.

The 53-year old Garrett served as Dallas’ head coach since 2011, accruing a 85–67 (.559) regular-season record and a 2-3 (.400) post-season record. Before that he served in other roles for the Cowboys, including interim head coach (2010), assistant head coach and offensive coordinator (2008-2010), and offensive coordinator (2007). He was also quarterbacks coach of the Miami Dolphins (2005-2006).

Garrett also was a well-traveled, journeyman back-up quarterback who spent time with five NFL teams, including the New York Giants (2000-2003).

REPORT – JOE JUDGE INTERVIEWED MIKE SHULA FOR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
ESPN is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge interviewed Mike Shula for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position on Monday. Shula served in the same capacity for the Giants under recently-fired Head Coach Pat Shurmur in 2018-2019. However, Shula did not call the plays under Shurmur, who handled those responsibilities himself.

The 54-year old Shula has also been offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (2013-2017), quarterbacks coach for the Panthers (2011-2012), quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-2010), head coach at the University of Alabama (2003-2006), quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins (2000-2002), offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-1999), tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears (1993-1995), coaches assistant for the Dolphins (1991-1992), quarterbacks coach for the Buccaneers (1990), and offensive assistant for the Buccaneers ( 1988-1989).

REPORTS – PATRICK GRAHAM ALSO DESIGNATED ASSISTANT HEAD COACH…
Multiple sources are reporting that Patrick Graham will not only be the team’s new defensive coordinator, but will also be given the title of assistant head coach. The 40-year old Graham served with new Head Coach Joe Judge on the New England Patriots staff from 2012 to 2015 until he joined former Head Coach Ben McAdoo’s staff with the Giants in 2016-2017. Graham’s first year as a defensive coordinator was 2019, when the undermanned Miami defense finished 30th in the NFL in yards allowed and 32nd in points allowed.

Before becoming Miami’s defensive coordinator, Graham was the defensive run game coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers (2018), defensive line coach for the New York Giants (2016-2017), linebackers coach for the New England Patriots (2011, 2014-2015), defensive line coach for the New England Patriots (2012-2013), defensive assistant for the New England Patriots (2010), coaching assistant for New England Patriots (2009), defensive line coach for the University of Toledo (2009), graduate assistant for the University of Notre Dame (2007-2008), tight ends coach for University of Richmond (2005-2006), defensive line coach for the University of Richmond (2004), and a graduate assistant for Wagner College (2002-2003).

REPORTS – NEW YORK GIANTS ASSISTANT COACHES NOT BEING RETAINED…
According to various reports, the following New York Giants assistant coaches who served under former Head Coach Pat Shurmur will not be retained:

  • Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel
  • Inside Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern
  • Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Dawson
  • Defensive Backs Coach Everett Withers
  • Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Henry Baker
  • Offensive Assistant Ryan Roeder

In addition, Tight Ends Coach Lunda Wells has also accepted the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.

DEXTER LAWRENCE NAMED TO PFW ALL-ROOKIE TEAM…
The Professional Football Writers of America (PFW) have named defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence to their 2019 All-Rookie Team. Lawrence started all 16 games, playing 63 percent of all defensive snaps, and accruing 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defense, and 1 forced fumble. The Giants drafted Lawrence in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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NFL: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game-Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos

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Former New York Giants General Manager George Young, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 71, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Young served as general manager of the franchise from 1979 until 1997. He is credited with bringing the Giants out of dark period when the team failed to make the playoffs during a 17 stretch, from 1964 until 1981. Under his guidance and supervision, the Giants made the playoffs eight times in 19 seasons, culminated by two Super Bowl championships in 1986 and 1990. Young was also named “NFL Executive of the Year” five times, including after the 1984, 1986, 1990, 1993, and 1997 seasons.

“George is certainly very deserving of being in the Hall of Fame,” said team President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara. “My only regret is that he’s not around to enjoy this. He took our organization from being in last place and not having a lot of respect around the league to being a Super Bowl Champion. He made every football department in our organization more professional. He changed the reputation and level of respect that our team had for the better. He improved us in so many different ways. He certainly is a very deserving Hall of Famer. Again, I only wish he could be around to enjoy this moment. It’s long overdue. All of us here are very happy that at long last he will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.”

“George Young transformed our organization,” said team Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. “My father (the late Bob Tisch, who purchased Tim Mara’s 50 percent ownership in 1991) always appreciated George’s leadership and vision, and George was vital to our family as we transitioned from our traditional business interests into the National Football League. For that, we are grateful, and his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is most deserving and a long time coming.”

“George Young’s career is the very definition of a Hall of Famer,” said Ernie Accorsi, who worked under Young and succeeded him as general manager. “From assistant coach to scout to general manager to trusted advisor to Commissioner (Paul) Tagliabue, every step of the way there was excellence. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of George or something I learned from him. The only bittersweet part is that he’s not here. But as the great Beano Cook would say, ‘If the Gipper knew, George knows.’”

Young came to the Giants in 1979 when then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle suggested that team ownership hire him during a family feud between co-owners Wellington Mara and his nephew Tim Mara. Young was responsible for drafting a slew of New York Giants legends, including quarterback Phil Simms; running backs Joe Morris, Rodney Hampton, and Tiki Barber; wide receiver Amani Toomer; tight end Mark Bavaro; defensive ends Leonard Marshall and Michael Strahan; and linebackers Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks, and Jessie Armstead. He also hired Ray Perkins, Bill Parcells, Ray Handley, Dan Reeves, and Jim Fassel as head coaches.

“I think this would have meant a lot to George because he always had a great appreciation for the history of the game and he had so much respect for people who were enshrined in the Hall,” Mara said “I think this would have meant the world to him, even though he may not have admitted to that. I think this would have had a huge impact on him. Again, I’m really sorry he’s not around to enjoy it.”

“He would be very, very happy and fulfilled by this,” said Accorsi. “This would have been something he cherished, because the game meant so much to him.”

Complete List of New York Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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