New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will train his first game with head coach Joe Judge on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Garrett came out of 10 seasons as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, while Judge got his first opportunity as a head coach after 15 years as an assistant in college and professional levels. Garrett was asked Thursday if he had any advice for the referee as he embarked on his first season at the helm.
“In terms of advice, I have no advice to give,” Garrett was quoted as saying by the team. “It was just fun to work for him and try to figure out how we want to build this team and then do it together. I really enjoyed every minute. “
Garrett’s answer seems a little strange on several fronts. If you take it as a face value that he didn’t advise the referee to be a head coach, well, why not? After a decade of working in Dallas, there would certainly be wisdom to pass on to someone new to the job. Being a head coach means dealing with many more areas of the building, not just the field team, and Garrett will certainly have some anecdotes after a decade with the cowboys.
Maybe Garrett just didn’t want to share any advice shared with the judge and the public. Or he just wants to adjust to his role as an offensive coordinator and not overshadow the new head coach he coaches with.
Garrett said he and the Judge had talked a lot about the vision they saw of the violation and had made sure they were pulling in the same direction.
“It was great to get to know him,” Garrett said. “Going back to the vision of the program, the vision of the football team, just to understand what it is, to talk to it about it and what we value together as a coaching staff and as a football team, was really important. It did a great job outlining this for all of us and directing everyone to the same page. Alignment within the organization is crucial. All on the same page, from ownership through the organization, staff, coaching staff, players, staff, all on the same page. This is such a big piece in success. We have talked a lot about this. I learned a lot from Joe about this. We tried to create this to help build our program and our football team. “