The first major shoe has dropped in the NFL coaching carousel to come. After yet another disappointing outing in Week 12 that saw the New York Giants embarrassed at the hands of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team opted to part ways with their offensive coordinator — firing Jason Garrett on Tuesday, the Giants confirmed.
Later on Tuesday afternoon, Garrett released a statement concerning his termination via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:
“Today is certainly disappointing, but I want to say how truly grateful I am to the Mara and the Tisch families for giving me the opportunity to coach for their New York Giants. They represent all that is good about the NFL. I also want to thank the Giants’ coaches and staff for their hard work and their unwavering kindness to my wife Brill and me. This building is filled with great people who made our time here special. Most of all, I want to express my gratitude to the players that I’ve had the privilege to coach here. While the bottom-line results weren’t what we wanted, I’ll be forever inspired by their approach, their professionalism and the fight they demonstrated regardless of the circumstance.
“One of the things that motivated me to accept this position was the opportunity to help rebuild the Giants into a contending team. We knew there would be many challenges. My expectations for our offense were much greater than what our results have been, and I accept full responsibility for that.
“Know that I wish everyone with the Giants nothing but the best going forward. In gratitude, Jason Garrett.”
It’s a move many thought was on the horizon after hearing the post-game comments from head coach Joe Judge, wherein Judge lambasted the Giants coaching staff as a whole and refused to comment on the future of Garrett. It also appears this was long in the making, with additional reports suggesting Judge had relieved Garrett of play-calling…