Jason Garrett

Jason Calvin Garrett (born March 28, 1966) is the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Cowboys before being promoted to interim head coach after the firing of Wade Phillips on November 8, 2010. Garrett was also a professional American football quarterback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Princeton University.

Jason Garrett
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Garrett in 2016
Dallas Cowboys
Position:Head Coach
Personal information
Born:March 28, 1966 (age 52)
Abington, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Hunting Valley (OH) University
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
  • Miami Dolphins (20052006)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Dallas Cowboys (2007)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Dallas Cowboys (20082010)
    Assistant head coach & Offensive coordinator
  • Dallas Cowboys (2010)
    Interim Head Coach
  • Dallas Cowboys (2011-present)
    Head Coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:294
Pass completions:165
Passing yards:2,042
Passer rating:83.2
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:77–59 (.566)
Postseason:2–3 (.400)
Career:79–62 (.560)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early years

Garrett went to prep school at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, as a senior, he won All-League honors as a quarterback and safety. He graduated from University School in 1984.

Garrett attended kindergarten through second grade at Holy Cross school in Rumson, New Jersey.[1]

College career

Garrett was accepted to Princeton, where he began as the starting quarterback of the freshman team, registering 64 completions on 116 attempts for 996 yards. He transferred to Columbia University when his father, Jim Garrett became the head coach in 1985. Following his father's resignation after Columbia's 0–10 1985 season, he and his brothers (Judd and John) transferred to Princeton University, although none played varsity in 1986 for different reasons (Jason was an ineligible transfer).[2]

He sat out the 1986 season because of the transfer rules, while focusing on running the scout team, which included his brothers. The next year, as a junior, he was named the starting quarterback. Although he piloted Princeton to a win against his former team Columbia (a loss that gave Columbia the Division I record for straight losses, at 35), he was also involved in a losing effort against them as a senior, snapping Columbia's by then 44-game losing streak.[3] He received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year. He earned a degree in history in 1989.[4]

He finished his college career completing 366 of 550 passes (66.5%) for 4,274 yards and 20 touchdowns. At the time he was ranked in the categories: lowest pass interception percentage (1.8% – school record), total yards of offense (4,555 – second in school history), total yards of offense in a season (2,485 third in school history), most passing yards (4,274 – second in school history), most passing yards in a season (2,217–- fourth in school history), most completions (366 – second in school history), most completions in a season (204 – third in school history), most touchdown passes (20 – tied for fourth). He continues to hold the Ivy League career record for completion percentage with 66.5% (366–550) and his 1988 percentage of 68.2% (204–299) stood as the league record until 2000, when Gavin Hoffman posted a 70.5% mark.[5]

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

Garrett was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 1989 NFL Draft and was eventually signed to the practice squad. On September 3, 1990, he was waived by the Saints and spent most of the year working as a coaching assistant for Princeton.[6]

San Antonio Riders

In 1991, Garrett started at quarterback for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football, but he suffered a separated right shoulder in the season opener.[7] Garrett returned to start the sixth and seventh game but was passed on the depth chart by Mike Johnson.

Ottawa Rough Riders

On June 4, 1991, he was signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League,[8] but was released in August.

Dallas Cowboys

In 1992, with the support of his father, at the time a part of the Dallas Cowboys scouting department, Garrett was signed as a free agent. He was released on August 31 and later signed to the team's practice squad.[9] In 1993, his preseason performances allowed him to make the team as the third-string quarterback behind Troy Aikman and Hugh Millen. He eventually passed Millen on the depth chart. In the eighth game of the season, after Aikman injured his left hamstring against the New York Giants in the third quarter, Garrett finished the game, completing 5 of 6 passes for 34 yards and leading 2 touchdown drives. He was named the starter for the next game against the Phoenix Cardinals, where he completed 2 of 6 passes for 25 yards and helped the team score on a field goal, before being replaced on the third series in favor of Bernie Kosar, who had been signed 4 days earlier.[10] Kosar became the backup quarterback for the rest of the season after the game.

The highlight of Garrett's playing career occurred on the 1994 Thanksgiving Day game when he started in place of backup quarterback Rodney Peete, who was out with a sprained thumb he suffered in a win against the Washington Redskins. Garrett led the Cowboys over the Green Bay Packers by completing 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns in the second half for a comeback win of 42-31, which earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.[11] In 2008, that game was named the fourth-best moment in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN.[12] In 1995 he was promoted to the backup position and in the second game against the Denver Broncos, after Aikman suffered a broken clavicle, Garrett came in to finish the 23-42 loss. He would start the next five games and contribute to a 3-2 mark for a team that would go on to win the NFC East conference by one game over the Arizona Cardinals. In 1999, he started two games for a 1–1 record.

Garrett was a part of the 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl winning teams. In eight seasons with the Cowboys, he played in 39 games and completed 165 of 294 passes (56.1%) for 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

New York Giants

In 2000, Garrett was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants to backup Kerry Collins. On February 27, 2002, he was released for salary cap reasons and re-signed on July 24,[13][14] although he would be declared inactive in 16 games, after being passed on the depth chart by Jesse Palmer who was named the backup quarterback. In 2003, he was declared inactive in 11 games as the third-string quarterback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 15, 2004, Garrett signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was cut on August 31.[15] On October 13, he was re-signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After being declared inactive in week 6 and week 7, he was released on November 6.[16] On November 24, he was signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins and was declared inactive for the last 6 games of the season.[17]

Coaching career

Miami Dolphins

After retiring as a player, he became the quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 season under head coach Nick Saban.

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive coordinator

In January 2007, Garrett was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as offensive coordinator. He guided the Cowboys to the 2nd best offense in the NFL, which made him an attractive head coaching prospect. In January 2008, Garrett interviewed for the head coaching job of the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons receiving offers from both, but ultimately opted to remain in Dallas.[18] His salary for the 2008 season was nearly $3 million; the highest salary for an assistant coach in the NFL at the time.[19] On December 29, 2008, the Detroit Lions received permission to speak to Garrett regarding the team's head coaching vacancy according to ESPN sources.[20] In January 2009, the Denver Broncos also interviewed him as a possible replacement for fired coach Mike Shanahan.[21] He was also a finalist for the St. Louis Rams head coaching position, to replace Jim Haslett, the interim head coach.[22] Ultimately, he lost the job to Steve Spagnuolo.

Head coach

On November 8, 2010, Garrett was named as interim head coach of the Cowboys after fourth-year head coach Wade Phillips was fired after a 1–7 start for the 2010 season. On November 14, Garrett won his first game as a head coach, beating the favored New York Giants by a score of 33–20 in the Meadowlands.[23] The next week, he led the Cowboys to a 35–19 victory over the Detroit Lions, their first home win all season. He finished with a 5-3 record down the stretch. On January 6, 2011, Garrett was officially named the 8th head coach in Cowboys history. He is the first born after the team was founded in 1960, and the first former Cowboys player to hold the post.

He had three straight 8-8 seasons, losing in the last game each season to NFC East division rivals New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles to miss the division championship and the playoffs each time. In 2014, Garrett achieved head-coaching success for the first time. The Cowboys, featuring several key draft picks maturing as the league's best offensive line and the emergence of DeMarco Murray as a dominant running back, won the NFC East with a 12-4 record and were tied for the best record in the conference with the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys were undefeated on the road, including impressive wins over Seattle and the NFC East frontrunners (at the time), the Philadelphia Eagles.[24] Garrett's team lost the three-way tiebreaker to Green Bay and Seattle and therefore hosted the Detroit Lions in a Wildcard game. This game, won 24-20 by the Cowboys, featured a controversial "flag pick up" after a penalty during a late Detroit drive, thereby allowing Dallas an improved chance to make a comeback and defeat the Lions.[25] In the ensuing Divisional Playoff game, hyped as a rematch of the famous Ice Bowl NFL championship game from 1967, Dallas held a lead in the second half, but after losing the lead due to a late Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass, had a potentially game-winning catch by Dez Bryant overturned in official replay, therefore sealing a 26-21 defeat to Green Bay.[26]

On January 13, 2015, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Garrett came to an agreement of a contract, keeping Garrett in Dallas for 5 more years and paying him $30 million.[27] Garrett has now head-coached the Cowboys longer than any other coach except Tom Landry. The Cowboys entered the 2015 season with great expectations, but starting quarterback Tony Romo only played in 4 games after suffering two fractures in his left collarbone, and the team finished with a 4-12 mark. The Cowboys bounced back in 2016 with their best record under Garrett (13-3) with the emergence of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, earning the #1 NFC spot in the playoffs and a first-round bye. However, they were upset by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by a last-second field goal by Mason Crosby, losing the game 34-31. Garrett was named the NFL Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.[28]

In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a 9-7 record and missed out on the playoffs. This was partially because star running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for 6 games due to violating the personal conduct policy.

In 2018, the Garrett-led Cowboys bounced back from a disappointing 3-5 record at the bye week to win 7 of their last 8 games and clinch the NFC East for the 3rd time since Garrett became head coach.[29]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DAL* 2010 5 3 0 .625 3rd in NFC East
DAL 2011 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC East
DAL 2012 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC East
DAL 2013 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC East
DAL 2014 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game
DAL 2015 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC East
DAL 2016 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game
DAL 2017 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC East
DAL 2018 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Los Angeles Rams in NFC Divisional Game
Total[30] 77 59 0 .566 2 3 .400

* – Interim head coach

Personal life

Jason's brothers, John and Judd, also played in the World League of American Football, and Judd made second-team All-World League in 1991 after leading the league in catches. John is currently the head coach of the Lafayette College football team, and his younger brother, Judd, works in the Dallas Cowboys front office after being let go as tight ends coach for the St. Louis Rams. Since he played for the London Monarchs, Judd is the only one of the Garretts who played in the WLAF to have a World Bowl ring. Another brother, Jim Garrett III, is a teacher and former football coach.[31]

His father, Jim Garrett (1930-2018), was an assistant coach for the New York Giants (1970–1973), New Orleans Saints (1976–77), and Cleveland Browns (1978–84) and head coach of the Houston Texans of the World Football League (1974) and at Columbia University (1985). From 1987 to 2004, he served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.[32]

Garrett resides in Dallas with his wife, Brill.[33]


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1998 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1998 Dallas Cowboys season was the Cowboys' 39th season in the NFL. Team owner Jerry Jones would hire former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Chan Gailey to be the fourth head coach of the Dallas Cowboys franchise.

2010 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2010 Dallas Cowboys season was the 51st season for the team in the National Football League, and the second season playing their home games at Cowboys Stadium. After falling to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the 2009-10 NFL Playoffs, the Cowboys sought to defend their NFC East division title and contend for a Super Bowl Championship, particularly given that Super Bowl XLV would be played at Cowboys Stadium. However, this did not happen and after a 1–7 start Wade Phillips became the first coach in Cowboys history to be fired during the season. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. The Cowboys finished the season 6–10, 3rd place in the NFC East, and failed to reach the playoffs. However, under Garrett the team's record was 5–3 as compared to the 1–7 start under Phillips.

2011 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2011 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 52nd season in the National Football League, the third playing their home games at Cowboys Stadium and the first full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 2010, but failed to make the playoffs after their loss to the New York Giants for the NFC East division title in the final game of their season, who later went on to win the Super Bowl.

2012 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2012 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 53rd season National Football League, the fourth playing their home games at Cowboys Stadium and the second full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The Cowboys matched their win total from 2011, but missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season after losing their final game for the second straight season, this time to the Washington Redskins.

2015 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2015 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 56th season in the National Football League, the seventh playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the fifth full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The team finished the regular season at 4–12. It was the team's worst record since 1989, in Jerry Jones' first year as owner when they went 1–15. Their collapse from a 2-0 start was because of key injuries to their starters through the remaining 15 weeks and they were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to the Jets in Week 15.

2015 Pro Bowl

The 2015 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2014 season. It began at 6 pm local time on January 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and it was the first Pro Bowl to be held outside Hawaii since 2010. The game was televised nationally by ESPN.The game continued the "unconferenced" format that was debuted in the 2014 Pro Bowl. The game was the third Pro Bowl that took place in the same site as that year's Super Bowl. It was also the sixth consecutive year where the Pro Bowl took place prior to the Super Bowl.Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin were selected as the alumni captains of the game. Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens were the game's coaches. The coaches were to come from the higher seeded teams in each conference to lose in the Divisional Round of the 2014–15 NFL playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl. However, the Denver Broncos (the highest seeded Divisional Round loser in the AFC) and head coach John Fox mutually agreed to part ways following their playoff loss, so Harbaugh (who coached the Ravens, the other Divisional Round loser from the AFC) was selected instead.

2017 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2017 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 58th season in the National Football League, the ninth playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the seventh full season under head coach Jason Garrett. It was also the 29th season under owner Jerry Jones.

For the first time since 2002, quarterback Tony Romo was not on the opening day roster, as he announced his retirement on April 4, 2017. The Cowboys failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons, as they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after a Week 16 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks.

2017 Pro Bowl

The 2017 Pro Bowl (branded as the 2017 Pro Bowl presented by Aquafina for sponsorship reasons) was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2016 season, which was played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 29, 2017. The game was the first in a three-year deal to host the Pro Bowl in Orlando, which also included cross-promotional events (such as a newly-established skills competition) held at the Walt Disney World Resort (which is owned by the primary parent company of the game's broadcaster, ESPN).

After three years of using a draft format, the 2017 Pro Bowl returned to the previous conference-based format, played between all-star teams representing the American Football Conference and National Football Conference. The AFC all-stars were coached by Andy Reid, and the NFC all-stars were coached by Jason Garrett.

2018 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2018 season was the Dallas Cowboys' 59th in the National Football League (NFL), their 30th under the ownership of Jerry Jones, their 10th playing their home games at AT&T Stadium, and their eighth full season under head coach Jason Garrett. AT&T Stadium also became the first stadium venue to host the annual draft. For the first time since 2009, wide receiver Dez Bryant was not on the opening day roster, as he was released on April 13, 2018 and later signed with the New Orleans Saints on November 7, 2018. For the first time since 2002, tight end Jason Witten was not on the opening day roster, having announced his retirement on May 3, 2018. For the first time since 2010, kicker Dan Bailey was not on the opening day roster, as he was released on September 1, 2018 and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings on September 17, 2018.

The Cowboys clinched the NFC East division following a Week 16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a week later, improved their 9–7 record from the previous season with a win over the New York Giants.

In the playoffs, the Cowboys defeated the Seattle Seahawks 24–22 in the Wild Card round and advanced to the Divisional round, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams 22–30.

2019 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2019 Dallas Cowboys season will be the franchise's 60th season in the National Football League, the eleventh playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the ninth full season under head coach Jason Garrett. This season also marks the return of tight end Jason Witten, who retired in 2018 and spent one year as the color analyst for Monday Night Football. For the first time since 2011, wide receiver Cole Beasley won’t be on the roster, as he signed with the Buffalo Bills on March 12, 2019.

Active NFL head coach career Super Bowl history

There are 32 head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) for the 32 respective teams. Nineteen of the current head coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as either a head coach, assistant coach, or as a player throughout their career in the NFL, while all but 3 have participated in at least one. Bill Belichick has the most Super Bowl wins throughout his career among active head coaches with 8 (6 as a head coach and 2 as a defensive coordinator), as well the most losses with 4 (3 as a head coach). Doug Marrone, Matt Nagy and Kliff Kingsbury are the only coaches who have never won or lost a Super Bowl having never made it to one. Six of the coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as a head coach with their current teams, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. Additionally, Jon Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII while the head coach for the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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List of Dallas Cowboys head coaches

The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in Frisco, Texas. Their stadium is located in Arlington, Texas. They are members of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Cowboys franchise was founded in 1960 as an expansion team. The team played their games in the Cotton Bowl from 1960 to 1970, then in Texas Stadium from 1971 to 2008, and AT&T Stadium from 2009 to present.

There have been eight head coaches for the Dallas Cowboys. Three coaches have won Super Bowls with the team: Tom Landry in Super Bowl VI and XII, Jimmy Johnson in Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII, and Barry Switzer in Super Bowl XXX. Landry is the team's all-time leader in games coached and wins, and Switzer leads all coaches in winning percentage with .625. Dave Campo is the only Cowboys coach with a losing record (.313), and is also the only coach in franchise history to have never posted a winning season. The team's first coach, Tom Landry, has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The current coach is Jason Garrett who replaced Wade Phillips on November 8, 2010.

List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks

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San Antonio Riders

The San Antonio Riders were a professional American football team that played in the WLAF in 1991 and 1992. The team played at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio in 1991 and then were forced to move to Bobcat Stadium on the campus of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, 45 miles northeast of San Antonio, for the 1992 season after the San Antonio Independent School District refused to allow the sale of beer at WLAF games or the display of beer advertising at Alamo Stadium. In return, Riders ownership scrapped plans to fund $235,000 in renovations to the Stadium. In June 1991, SAISD officials announced plans for a rent increase on the Riders for the 1992 season. The relationship would last for only one season.

The team was owned by Larry Benson, the brother of Tom Benson (owner of the New Orleans Saints of the NFL). The general managers were Tom Landry (Pro Football Hall of Fame coach) and Tom Landry, Jr. The head coach for both seasons was Mike Riley.

The team's record in 1991 was 4-6. San Antonio turned things around in 1992 with a mark of 7-3. The Riders were not able to compete in the highly competitive North American West Division during the 1992 season, and like the Frankfurt Galaxy of 1991, they did not make the playoffs despite a 7-3 record.

Former players include professional wrestler John "Bradshaw" Layfield, better known as JBL of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Jason Garrett who not only went on to play for and serve as current head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, and head coach Mike Riley, who went on to coach the San Diego Chargers of the NFL.

After the 1992 season saw the suspension of the WLAF (and ultimately the abandonment of North American teams), Benson applied to the Canadian Football League to have the Riders join that league instead for the 1993 season. The CFL accepted, and admitted the Riders and the Sacramento Surge/Gold Miners to the CFL. The Riders were to change names to the San Antonio Texans (there was already a Rough Riders and a Roughriders, both of whom were known as the "Riders" for short), but the team folded abruptly prior to the 1993 season. The San Antonio Texans name would later be used for the aforementioned Gold Miners when they moved to San Antonio in 1995.

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He also served two stints as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, where his team was Super Bowl finalists in his first stint and champions in his second stint. He has served as head coach of the NFL's Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. He was also an interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans. His career winning percentage as a head coach is .546. Phillips is considered to be among the best defensive coordinators in the NFL.


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