|Jason Garrett during a Cowboys game|
|Date of birth||March 28, 1966|
|Place of birth||Abington, Pennsylvania|
|High school||University School|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season||21-19 (.525)|
|Career record||21-19 (.525)|
|Super Bowl wins||(as player) XXVIII, XXX|
|Coaching stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a player|
|New Orleans Saints
San Antonio Riders (WLAF)
Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL)
New York Giants
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
(2007-2010) (off. coordinator)
(2008-2010) (asst. head coach)
(2010) (interim head coach)
(2011-present) (head coach)
Jason Calvin Garrett (born March 28, 1966) is an American former National Football League player and the current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Garrett was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Cowboys before being promoted to interim head coach after the Cowboys fired coach Wade Phillips on November 8, 2010 while remaining offensive coordinator.
High school career
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 both a quarterback and safety. Jason Garrett graduated from University School in 1984.
Garrett attended grade school at Saint Ann's, located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Garrett originally played college football at Princeton University, but transferred to Columbia University when his father, Jim Garrett, became the head coach. Following his father's resignation as head coach after Columbia's 0-10 1985 season, Jason and his brothers, John and Judd, transferred back to Princeton. At Princeton in 1987 and 1988, Garrett completed 366 of 550 passes (66.5%) for 4,274 yards and 20 touchdowns and won the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year. In 1988 he piloted Princeton in a losing effort against his former team, snapping Columbia's 44-game losing streak. He earned a degree in history in 1989. 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.
He signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, Garrett started at quarterback for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football, but suffered a separated shoulder in the season opener. He'd return to play for the Riders later in the season, but was supplanted by Mike Johnson in the lineup. In 1992, Garrett played for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. In 1993, Garrett went to the Dallas Cowboys, where he was the third-string backup to Troy Aikman on the 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl winning teams. In eight seasons with the Cowboys, Garrett played in 39 games and completed 165 of 294 passes (56.1%) for 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. The highlight of his career with the Cowboys occurred on Thanksgiving Day, 1994, when Garrett, starting in place of injured back-up Rodney Peete, led the Cowboys over the Green Bay Packers by completing 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns in a second-half comeback. In 2008, that game was named the fourth-best moment in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN. Garrett was promoted to second string Cowboys quarterback for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Garrett started 5 games in 1998 while Aikman was injured (leading the team to a 3-2 record) and started two in 1999 (going 1-1). In 2000, he went to the New York Giants, where he appeared sparingly as the backup to Kerry Collins from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, after a short stint as a backup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he went to the Miami Dolphins.
After retiring as a player, he became the quarterback coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2005–2006.
In January 2007, Garrett was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as offensive coordinator. His influence made the Cowboys the 2nd best offense in the NFL making him an attractive head coaching prospect. His salary in the 2008 season was nearly $3 million and was the highest salary for an assistant coach in the NFL.
On November 8, 2010, he was named as the Dallas Cowboys' interim head coach following the firing of Wade Phillips after the Cowboys' 1-7 start for the 2010 season. On November 14, 2010, Garrett won his first game as a head coach, beating the favored New York Giants 33-20 in the Meadowlands. The next week, he led the Cowboys to a 35-19 victory over the Detroit Lions, their first home win all season. On January 6, 2011, Garrett was named the official Cowboys head coach; the 8th in Cowboys history, and the first born during the team's era.
Head coaching record
|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||–||–||–||–|
Other coaching opportunities
On December 29, 2008 the Detroit Lions received permission to speak to Garrett regarding the teams head coaching vacancy according to ESPN sources. In January 2009, the Denver Broncos also interviewed him as a possible replacement for fired coach Mike Shanahan. He was also a finalist for the St. Louis Rams head coaching position, to replace Jim Haslett, the interim head coach. Ultimately, he lost the job to Steve Spagnuolo.
Jason's brothers, John and Judd, also played in the WLAF, and Judd made second-team All-World League in 1991 after leading the league in catches. John is currently tight-ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys, 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 an English teacher and former football coach at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
His father Jim Garrett 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.
Garrett resides in Dallas with his wife, Brill.
- Yannis, Alex (October 9, 1988). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Columbia Wins! That's Right, Wins!". The New York Times.
- "2010 Ivy League Football Media Guide". IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 77. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "Fans' Choice: Pick a comeback game to watch". National Football League. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- "Wade Phillips fired by Cowboys after 3½ seasons as coach". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Newberry, Paul (January 17, 2008). "After second interview in Atlanta, Jason Garrett decided to stay with Cowboys". USA Today.