Jason Garrett is the perfect Head Coach for the Broncos if they want to keep Jeremy Bates as the QB coach and find a DC with his own style who wants a massive challenge to call his own. He was named Pro Football Weekly's NFL's Assistant Coach of the Year in March of 2008, and for good reason.
Garrett was a QB for his entire, varied career. His intellect is undeniable, starting with his time at University School at Chagrin Falls OH and moving to his time as QB for Princeton University. His skill as a QB took him down some unusual pathways, as he went on to QB the San Antonia Riders and the Ottawa Roughriders in 1991.
He was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and learned the NFL game under OCs Norv Turner and Ernie Zampese while backing up Troy Aikman for most of Aikman’s career. Garrett then did a stint with the Giants from 2000-2003 as primary backup for Kerry Collins during the Giants Super Bowl Run in 2000, even playing the 4th quarter of the NFC Championship game that year. He finished his career with the Bucs and finally the Dolphins. In all, Garrett started nine of the 40 regular season games in which he played and completed 165-of-294 passes for 2,042 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Garrett left good relations wherever he went. He coached college ball at Princeton in 1990 and coached at the Dolphins immediately after retiring as a player, spending two seasons there during which he coached the QBs under Nick Saban. In a trial by fire, he coached 5 QBs in 32 games. Dallas asked him back as offensive coordinator, a rapic promotion, and he jumped at the chance.
In his first season as an NFL offensive coordinator , Jason Garrett directed a 2007 Dallas unit that produced one of the most explosive seasons in club history. Following the 2007 season in which the Cowboys won the NFC Eastern Division crown with a team-record-tying 13 victories, head coach Wade Phillips added to Garrett's responsibilities by naming him the club's assistant head coach on January 17, 2008. One of the brightest young offensive minds in the league, Garrett was named Pro Football Weekly's NFL's Assistant Coach of the Year in March of 2008.
Here’s why: Dallas finished the 2007 season second in the NFL in scoring (first in the NFC) with an average of 28.4 points-per-game. The 455 points scored last year marked the second-highest figure in club history behind only the 1983 club (479 points). The Cowboys scored at least 20 points in 14 of its 16 games in 2007, marking the most 20-plus point games since the 1995 club also had 14. The 2007 offense also set a club record by scoring 24-points-or-more in the first 13 games of the season. They had a 16-game average of 365.7 yards-per-game (third in the NFL, second in the NFC) Passing: 256.6 YPG (fourth in the NFL, third in the NFC) but only rushed for 109.1 YPG (17th in the NFL 7th in the NFC). They had a club record 217 passing first downs in 2007 and led the NFL in average yards gained on first downs (6.24).
Garrett has football in his blood and in his family. His father, Jim, spent more than 30 years in the NFL as a coach and scout. His brother, John, is now the tight ends coach with the Cowboys. Another brother, Judd, was a practice squad player for the 1993 Cowboys Super Bowl Championship club and is now with the Cowboys scouting department as the assistant director of pro scouting. His third brother, Jim, is the offensive coordinator for University School in Ohio.
Active in the community, Jason and his wife, Brill, founded their charitable foundation, Jason Garrett Starfish Charities, in 1997 with the goal of enriching the lives of young people. The principle activity of the foundation is a one-day football camp and leadership forum for high school athletes that is held each summer at Princeton University in conjunction with Play It Smart, a program administered by the National Football Foundation. He now resides in Dallas with his wife.
He’s obviously a heck of a man and brings great credentials, but the question of our DC and philosophy would remain. He has almost no defensive background other than playing against them and has too little experience to bring in NFL connections to strengthen the defensive department. Also, it's worth noting Dallas' endless personality circus and the (resultant?) drop-off in production this year.
That said, he seems like a very smart man on the way quickly up the ladder, and some team is going to pick him as HC in the not too distant future.