Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is at New York Giants facilities interviewing for the offensive coordinator job, as first reported by Mike Garofolo on NFL Network Wednesday afternoon.
Garrett was officially removed from his decade-long stint as head coach of the Cowboys on Jan. 5.
He was initially considered a front-runner for the Giants’ vacant head-coaching job and was believed to be interviewing for it last week. However, just hours after that report, the Giants hired former New England Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge as their leading man.
Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys did not expire until Tuesday, which is why he had to wait until Wednesday to meet with the Giants.
The former head coach and the Giants have been linked since November when a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport disclosed that MetLife Stadium would be Garrett’s “preferred destination.”
He also added that the Giants would have fired Tom Coughlin in 2014 and pursued Garrett if he was made available.
A former quarterback who spent eight seasons in the NFL, Garrett spent the final year of his career in the league backing up Kerry Collins for the Giants in 2000.
His coaching career began in 2005 as a quarterbacks coach with the Miami Dolphins before he was brought on as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator in 2007.
Within three years, he was the team’s head coach, where he remained for the next 10 seasons. However, he could only muster two playoff wins during that span.
Judge has made it known that he will evaluate every corner of the Giants’ roster and staff before making decisions. He has already tweaked his coaches, bringing on Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator and Jerry Schuplinski as quarterbacks coach.
Special teams coach Thomas McGaughey and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert are remaining with the organization.