1. Jason Garrett
Most Giants fans, myself included, groaned when we saw that the team was bringing in Jason Garrett for an interview. The idea of hiring the recently fired Garrett was one that seemed more like settling than being aggressive, which is what I and many other Giants fans were hoping for after struggling for most of the last decade.
However, taking a further look into Jason Garrett as a potential offensive coordinator, this hire could actually be one of the best of the offseason. As an offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett led the Cowboys to two top-10 finishes in scoring offense throughout his four years in the role. Garrett then led the Cowboys to multiple division titles as the new head coach and the offense consistently ranked in the top half, finishing outside of the top 15 just twice in nine seasons.
When it comes time to see what Garrett would bring to the table as a play-caller, he runs an offense that primarily implements elements of the Air Coryell offense. The Air Coryell is known more as the first true pass-heavy offense of football, focusing on stretching the defense horizontally and vertically, while using mostly 11 personnel (11 personnel is 1 running back, 1 tight end, and 3 wide receivers).
The Air Coryell typically uses tight ends and running backs frequently in the passing game, which Dallas did plenty during Garrett’s tenure with the team. Jason Witten had four 1,000-yard seasons and running backs had 40+ catches in 8 seasons, which could pay dividends with Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley on the roster.
It also goes without saying that having an offensive coordinator on staff with head coaching experience would be beneficial for first-time head coach Joe Judge. Garrett, while often scrutinized and mocked, is a more than capable coach who has proven his ability to be fairly consistent.