Jason Garrett has interest in Duke head coaching job

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A report Tuesday indicated Jason Garrett is on Duke’s radar for its vacant head coaching position, and, according to a source, Garrett has interest in the job.

Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko also are candidates for the job, Steve Wiseman of the News & Observer reports.

But Garrett, unlike Elliott and Elko, has head coaching experience.

He could sell recruits on his 9 1/2 seasons as the head coach of the Cowboys. Garrett, whom the Cowboys hired as offensive coordinator in 2007, helped develop Tony Romo and Dak Prescott into Pro Bowl quarterbacks and had NFL rushing champions in DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys went 85-67 in his tenure, making three playoff appearances. During Prescott’s rookie season, in 2016, Dallas went 13-3 and nearly advanced to the NFC Championship Game. The Cowboys lost in the divisional round on Aaron Rodgers‘ Houdini, 36-yard pass to Jared Cook to set up a 51-yard game-winning field goal on the next play as time expired.

They also lost to the Packers in the divisional round in 2014 after Dez Bryant’s catch to the 1-yard line on fourth down late in the fourth quarter was overturned on replay. The league changed the definition of a catch that offseason.

Garrett had the Cowboys as contenders every season except 2015 when Romo was injured after playing only four games. The 4-12 record that season was the only season Garrett had a losing record.

Garrett became the Giants’ offensive coordinator in 2020 after leaving Dallas, and he and the Giants parted ways Nov. 23.

The Blue Devils are seeking a coach to replace David Cutcliffe, who was 77-97 with six bowl appearances in 14 seasons.

Garrett has no college experience, but he did coach under Nick Saban as quarterbacks coach with the Dolphins in 2005-06 in his first coaching job.

7 responses to “Jason Garrett has interest in Duke head coaching job

  1. I dont understand what people see in this guy from a talent perspective. He seems so bland in every facet.

  2. He’s actually a perfect candidate for a college job. He’s much better in the CEO/motivator role vs a true X’s and O’s guy. The Cowboys always played hard under Garrett, and were always competitive. The team never quit on him, and he was well liked by players. Any parent would feel safe sending their kid to play for him, I think he could be a fantastic recruiter. I’d love to see it happen.

  3. Very good match, to be honest. I’d even say he would be good for several bigger college jobs. Garrett is Pete Carroll without the chewing gum. Players like and trust him. He knows a lot of coaches who could fill the roles he would need filled.

  4. I love that the Packers were able to keep them out twice in recent history. Not a team in the league I dislike more than the Dallas Cowboys.

  5. cardsgreat says:
    December 8, 2021 at 2:16 pm
    Very good match, to be honest. I’d even say he would be good for several bigger college jobs. Garrett is Pete Carroll without the chewing gum. Players like and trust him. He knows a lot of coaches who could fill the roles he would need filled.

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    I’m thinking your assessment is way off. He’s not even close to being a Pete Carroll.
    His Offense lacks ANY imagination, it’s predictable and bland. As for players liking him
    and trusting him….. well go watch some Cowboys past games.. he’s constantly trying
    to high five players etc and you can literally watch players go to the sidelines away from
    him to avoid him. They didn’t respect him. If not for Romo he would have gotten fired
    years earlier. He’s not a ‘leader’ or a HC. He isn’t even a decent O coordinator.

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