Chargers request permission to interview Jason Garrett

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Former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett could be getting a second chance to run a team of his own.

The Chargers have formally requested permission to interview Garrett, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Fired by the Cowboys after the 2019 season, Garrett served as offensive coordinator with the Giants in 2020.

He generated a record of 85-67 in more than nine seasons as the Dallas coach. In the postseason, Garrett’s Cowboys were 2-3.

The Chargers job is one of the most attractive in the current cycle, given the presence of quarterback Justin Herbert and a roster full of talented players. Based on the team’s performance in 2020, the Chargers need a coach who can better manage the team on game days, quickly and confidently making big decisions like when to go for it on fourth down, when to go for two, when to call time outs, etc.

Which suggests, well, never mind.

78 responses to “Chargers request permission to interview Jason Garrett

  1. “I felt a disturbance in the force. It was as if an entire fan base screamed, slammed their heads into the nearest wall and started sobbing.”

  2. Why don’t owners draft coaches like they do with players or at least look to the lower tiers of college and high school. Get them young and cheap on 4 year deals. Can’t do any worse anyways.

  3. The coordinator for one of the worst offenses in 2020? Seems like a smart move…

  4. If the idea was to have the Chargers coached in 2021 by an unsuccessful head coach, it begs the question of why did they fire Anthony Lynn in the first place?

  5. Wait, a team can interview a coach with experience? The audacity of the Chargers…

  6. The dude spent over nine years coaching one of the most talented teams in the league into mediocrity. He always lost to Mike McCarthy and McCarthy sucks. Garrett needs to take that Princeton education and do something useful like door to door sales.

  7. I mean, when you look at how bad MacCarthy did with the Cowboys this year and then consider Garrett went 8 and 8 or better with that same dumpster fire, maybe he could do great with a respectable franchise.

  8. I hope they do hire him because we won’t have to worry about them for a long time.

  9. Oh Lord please, for the love of humanity, make this happen

    – All fans of AFCW teams

  10. for the love of all that is wholly, do not put another developing team in his hands….sans romo career wasted sans, dez bryant and many others!

  11. I haven’t paid much attention to the Chargers since the Seahawks left the AFC, so can a Charger fan tell me what was wrong with Lynn? At a glance, I thought he was doing a good job and had the team going in the right direction.

    Hiring Garrett seems masochistic to me.

  12. “Mr. Garret, it says here that you enjoy clapping. Is that true?”

  13. Is this the reverse Rooney rule? A team must interview a washed up, never-been prior to hiring someone? Who is the next interview, Dirk Koetter?

  14. Somebody said the Chargers will hire any coach who will take less money. This could be Jason Garrett if he wants to have another HC position. Really hard to completely judge Garrett ability away from the control of Jerry Jones Cowboys. Garrett could help Justin Herbert further development. Hard to make a call on Garrett ability.

  15. As a Cowboys fan I have to say there is a reason teams like my Cowboys and the chargers have not won for a long time.This story explains that reason clearly.Any management team that actually thinks Jason would be a good head coach option has deeper problems than Jason as their head coach

  16. Fried Toast says:
    January 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    I haven’t paid much attention to the Chargers since the Seahawks left the AFC, so can a Charger fan tell me what was wrong with Lynn? At a glance, I thought he was doing a good job and had the team going in the right direction.

    Hiring Garrett seems masochistic to me.

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    As a Charger fan of times past, I believe the general consensus is that while Lynn is one heck of a guy and a leader of men (???) he is out coached on a weekly basis and has non-existent time/timeout managing skills.

  17. I haven’t paid much attention to the Chargers since the Seahawks left the AFC, so can a Charger fan tell me what was wrong with Lynn? At a glance, I thought he was doing a good job and had the team going in the right direction.

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    Clock management.

    Other coaching stuff like delegation, when to sub personnel packages, play calling, inspiring belief of players, practice format bla bla bla is more nuanced. Follow the book on clock management and you win games. I think he could have kept his job if he had a cheat sheet like a noob blackjack player in Vegas, or an assistant whose sole job was minding the clock for him.

    So, Anthony, ummm 40 second play clock, they only have 1 time out, if we run the ball they’ll only have 12-15 seconds left to go the length of the field or we win. That sounds pretty good Mr Math Whiz. I think I’ll do that.

    3rd and short, I’ve just taken over special teams duties, 20 something seconds til half and no time outs. Let’s check the little laminated chart. Hmmm. It says I can’t spike it on fourth down so have my field goal unit ready to run out quick. Sounds reasonable. “Hey field goal unit. Get ready”

    I liked the guy, but that basic stuff was constant, never got better, and almost seemed like he’d chalk it up to bad luck each and every time. I can see how heat of the moment stuff can be tough on the fly – 32 coaches might call 32 different plays under a given scenario. Half might throw the red flag and the other half might not on a crucial winnable challenge. But this was basic, basic stuff that only made national highlights when egregious.

  18. Fried Toast says:
    January 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    I haven’t paid much attention to the Chargers since the Seahawks left the AFC, so can a Charger fan tell me what was wrong with Lynn? At a glance, I thought he was doing a good job and had the team going in the right direction.
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    Lynn had one good year and three mediocre to bad years. The team usually looked to be underachieving and during so many of their one score losses, you always came away with the feeling that better.coaching would have turned the one score loss into a one score win. The self destruct to the tune of 45-0 against the Patriots this year could not have helped. The semi-okay 7-9 record was achieved in garbage time afte they were well and truly out of the playoffs with a 3-9 record. After four years, the Chargers probably figured Lynn had taken them as far as he could. Which of course begs the question of why interview Jason Garrett.

  19. terrystown says:
    January 4, 2021 at 11:55 pm
    This is the organization that fired Marty after 14-2…
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    For as stupid as that sounds, Marty’s replacement Norv Turner actually got them closer to the Super Bowl than Marty ever did. Turner did not win as much in the regular season, but the Chargers actually won some playoff games under Turner which was something that Marty Schottenheimer never could do.

  20. The Spanos family isn’t that desperate. They can draw a solid coach with great potential. Why even interview Garrett?

  21. If this happens he automatically becomes the 2nd best coach in the division ahead of Fangio and then Gruden.

  22. Wouldn’t it have just made sense for them to keep Anthony Lynn if this was a guy they were considering?

  23. Hopefully just doing their due diligence. They should be seriously considering Arthur Smith and Joe Brady.

  24. “Name another coach out there that has a solid winning record?” When did 8-8 become a solid winning record?

  25. The Chargers must think Jason Garrett has learned how to chew gum and clap at the same time since leaving the Cowboys.

  26. Weird times indeed. But after watching Mike McCarthy for a season I cannot deny that I have a new appreciation for Garrett. Not saying he was outstanding but he got consistent effort. Without Jerry constantly in the way maybe he could succeed?

  27. When you are an irrelevant team in your own city you need to be more inspiring then bringing in Jason Garrett.

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