Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett
September 30, 2021
Q: (Head Coach) Joe Judge said the other day you guys need to make some adjustments to put people
in favorable positions particularly in the red zone. How dramatic do you think those adjustments need
to be and what do you think they need to be?
A: I think you’re always trying to do that in all parts of the game. Obviously, we need to score more
points. The red zone, I think we’ve been one out of three in each of the three games. Got to get down
there more. Then we’ve got to convert. Some of that is self-inflicted wounds. Last week, we had a good
opening drive. We had the sack on the play that put us behind the sticks on that first drive – hard to dig
out of that 11-yard sack. Then, we had the fumbled exchange on the next drive when we were down
there. The third time we were down there, we scored the touchdown. We certainly want to evaluate
every aspect of what we’re doing running it, throwing it and in all situations. We’ve got to do a better
job scoring points.
Q: Big-picture question – what advantages do you think your scheme presents? What are you putting
pressure on defenses with?
A: You try to attack different ways. Run and pass is where it starts. I think we’ve done a pretty decent
job being balanced over the first few weeks. We’ve been able to move the ball. Situationally, we’ve done
a pretty good job except for the red zone. At the end of the game, the two-minute wasn’t as good as it
needed to be, but some of the other stuff was better – third down, short yardage, goal line. Those were
positives. You try to attack with personnel, formation, tempo – been using tempo a lot lately. You try to
attack different ways. You try to be balanced. We’re a work in progress. We’ll continue to try to get
Q: When (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) was in Detroit, he thrived on making those plays down the
field. Do you feel like you guys have been targeting him enough in those situations and trying to
A: I thought Kenny did a good job in the game the other day. Didn’t really practice all week and then
went out and played well and made some plays. They were playing out of there a little bit, so he caught
some intermediate balls, made some good catches, and then made some good runs after the catch. He’ll
continue to get closer and closer and continue to get better. He’s done a good job with the
opportunities he’s gotten.
Q: Offensive coordinator in the NFL has become one of the most scrutinized positions, really in sports
– high credit, high criticism. Do you feel that and are you aware of that?
A: I think the biggest thing we try to do is just focus on what we can do to help our team get better
every day. Those are things we talk about with our players all the time and we have to live that as
coaches. There have been some positive things over the first three games that we can continue to build
on, but there’s certainly plenty that we have to clean up, so we come to work every day. We try to work
hard as coaches to put the best plan together. We try to do a good job implementing it. We ask our
players to practice it and carry it to the game, and that’s the process that we’re in and that’s really what
we focus on.
Q: Do you feel any extra pressure with that being the play-caller? Do you personally feel that pressure
to kind of make this thing work?
A: Absolutely. It’s a responsibility and it’s one that we all embrace. Whatever our role is, you want to
embrace those roles.
Q: (Former Giants Linebacker) Carl Banks was on the radio here in New York this week and he said,
‘The Giants need to have a blunt conversation with (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) about becoming
more of a north-south runner.’ Have you had that conversation, and do you agree that he needs to be
more of a north-south runner?
A: Saquon Barkley is a hell of a football player and he’s a hell of a football player for lot of different
reasons. He can attack the defense a lot of different ways. I have tremendous admiration for him, from
afar competing against him and then having a chance to be around him. He had a really significant injury
last year and how hard he’s worked to come back and play, and play as much as he has early on in the
season, has been really, really impressive. I think the biggest thing with Saqoun, is you don’t want to
take the Saqoun out of Saquon. We talk a lot about dirty runs, four and five-yard runs that nobody talks
about, but they’ll put you in a manageable second-down and third-down situation. It’s important for us
to be able to do that. He did that in the game the other day – there were a lot of three, four, five, six,
seven-yard runs that nobody talks about that were positive runs. But in an effort to do that, you never
want to take away his ability to make big plays. The space plays that he makes are dynamic, he’s done
that ever since he’s been in the league. We were on the other side of it in Dallas, he made some of those
against us, so we know the challenges that that presents. Absolutely we want to be physical, we want to
be downhill, he’s a part of that, but at the same time you don’t want to take Saquon out of Saquon.
Q: Does he look like somebody who trusts his injured leg?
A: To me, he’s just done a remarkably good job coming back and he’s getting better and better the more
opportunities he gets.
Q: What improvements have you seen from (Quarterback) Daniel Jones and what can the offense do
to maybe capitalize on some of these games where he throws it well and doesn’t turn it over?
A: Daniel’s done a really good job. I think probably from the middle of last year, he’s done a really good
job having that balance of making some plays in the passing game, making some plays with his feet, and
then not having the negative plays – particularly in relation to the ball. That’s a challenge for every
quarterback every week in the NFL. To make plays, but also not to have the bad plays, not to turn the
ball over. He’s done a good job of that and we’ll just have to continue to grow around him and get
better, then take advantage of that like you said and score some more points.
Q: Specifically, you can do that if you help him out a little?
A: Again, we try to put a good plan in place to do that not only for Daniel, but for our runners and for
our receivers and for our tight ends and play to their strengths. We’ll continue to try to do that.
Q: I think that’s the question that people have, when does it lead to more points? What needs to
happen in order for you guys to score more?
A: Probably a combination of factors as referenced earlier with the drives last week. There were some
self-inflicted wounds once we got down there. I think we’ve done a good job moving the football, both
run and pass, attacking different ways. We just have to in that situation do a better job executing. We
look at ourselves first as coaches, what position we’re putting our players in, how we’re implementing
that stuff in practice, how we can carry that into the game. Having a negative play on a sack and a
negative play on a fumbled snap, those are hard situations to overcome.
Q: How much do you need them to score points? The reality is last year you guys were 31st in points
scored. You’re 0-3 as well, while we’re standing here. Do you feel the need for this to turn around
now in order for you to remain the play-caller?
A: I don’t really think about that. We’ve just got to get better. We come in and we work hard to try to do
that as coaches and as players every day. Had a good day yesterday, got to come back and have a good
Q: You guys punted from the 39 on fourth-and-four, I think it was. When an offense is struggling to
score points and trying to gain confidence, is it important maybe to go for it in situations like that?
A: I think Joe has a great feel for those kinds of things and those are his decisions.
Q: What’s your input on it then? How does the process go? Where is your input on those kinds of
A: We’re always ready to go in any situation. We always have plays ready to go and then Coach makes
Q: You don’t lobby though one way or the other?
A: Again, he has a really good feel as to what he wants to do. He knows we always want to go for it and
in all situations we’ll be ready for whatever he does.
Q: You mentioned those two drives and how a negative play here or a negative play there really
derailed them. How tough is it though to sustain drives the way you guys are trying where it’s like
moving down the field kind of methodically? Do you need more big-chunk plays to score from 40
yards rather than having to—
A: Absolutely. Scoring from out certainly helps and making some big chunks helps. If you look at the
stats in the NFL – the scoring, the relationship between scoring on a drive when you’ve made a big play
and you haven’t made a big play, there’s a significant spread there. We’ve made some big chunks. In the
passing game, I think we had six or seven explosives the other day. We have to continue to do that.
That’s what gives you a chance to score points.
Q: With (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney), we’ve asked you every week – last week his snap count
went way up. I don’t know if that’s circumstance or if that was planned based on the injuries that you
A: I think the biggest thing with him is that he missed a lot of time both in the spring and in training
camp. Over the last few weeks, he’s been able to practice more. We want to play him. We drafted him
in the first round, we want him to do well. I think he’s done a good job with the work in practice. He was
going to play a lot in the game last week. Obviously, when (Wide Receiver Sterling) Shep (Shepard) goes
down and (Wide Receiver Darius) Slay (Slayton) goes down he was going to play more and I thought he
handled that work really, really well. He’s gotten better and better every day and every week.
Q: If (Offensive Lineman) Ben Bredeson can’t play, you could have your fourth different left guard in
four games. How debilitating is that to an offense not to have that kind of cohesion?
A: I’ve just been really impressed with those guys. (Center) Billy Price comes in, he’s the seasoned
veteran, he’s been here for about three weeks. Bredeson has come in here, he’s played a lot of snaps.
We’ll have some new guys in there. Give (Offensive Line Coach) Rob Sale and the guys on the offensive
line a lot of credit, but give those players credit. They’ve come in here, they’ve learned, they’ve spent a
lot of extra time. They’re working hard in practice and they’re carrying that to the game. They’re real
professionals and we’re excited to have them on our team.