Jason Garrett didn’t know Joe Judge very well before becoming the new Giants offensive coordinator, but the former Cowboys head coach quickly believed the two would work well together after interviewing for the job.
“It just felt right to me,” Garrett said on the Giants’ in-house podcast. “Felt really comfortable to be around him. I think we have shared values as people and shared values as football coaches and what we want to build with the Giants. Just excited to be a part of it.”
Garrett, 53, joins the Giants after being fired by Dallas, where he was head coach for nine-and-a-half seasons. Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Giants from 2000-03.
While he and Judge are forging a new relationship, they have an immediate connection from each man’s time working for Nick Saban, Judge at Alabama and Garrett with the Dolphins.
“Coach [Saban] has always said such great things about Joe and so many other people that I’ve been around say the same thing,” Garrett said.
Garrett will be tasked with getting the most out of Daniel Jones, whom the Cowboys rated highly entering last year’s NFL draft, according to Garrett.
“We thought a lot of him coming out of college,” Garrett said. “I really liked how he played when we played against him and we saw him on film this year. He was tough, he was competitive, playing the game the right way. Not easy to do as a rookie quarterback in the NFL, but certainly excited to get to work with Daniel.”
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