|Date of birth:||March 28, 1966|
|Place of birth:||Abington, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Hunting Valley (OH) University|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||45–43 (.511)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Jason Calvin Garrett (born March 28, 1966) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). Garrett 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 used to be a quarterback for the Cowboys.
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 a quarterback and safety. He graduated from University School in 1984.
Garrett attended grade school at Holy Cross school in Rumson, New Jersey.
Garrett 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.
Garrett signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 1989. 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 would return to play for the Riders later in the season, but was supplanted by Mike Johnson in the lineup. In 1991, 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 five interceptions. The highlight of his career with the Cowboys took place on the 1994 Thanksgiving Day game 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 two 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 five 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, Garrett 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.
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. His salary for the 2008 season was nearly $3 million; the highest salary for an assistant coach in the NFL at the time. On December 29, 2008 the Detroit Lions received permission to speak to Garrett regarding the team's 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.
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.
After three mediocre 8-8 seasons with no playoffs, in the 2014 season Garrett achieved head coaching success for the first time. His 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) Philadelphia Eagles. Garrett's team lost the three-way tiebreaker to Green Bay and Seattle and therefore hosted the Detroit Lions in the 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. In the ensuing Divisional Playoff, 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.
On January 13, 2015, Jerry Jones and Garrett came down to an agreement of a contract, keeping him in Dallas for five more years, while getting paid $30 million.
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||–||–||–||–|
|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||–||–||–||–|
* – coached final 8 games of 2010 season after Wade Phillips was fired after going 1–7
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 wide receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 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.
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- "Fans' Choice: Pick a comeback game to watch". National Football League. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- Newberry, Paul (January 17, 2008). "After second interview in Atlanta, Jason Garrett decided to stay with Cowboys". USA Today.
- Mortensen, Chris; Werder, Ed; Mosley, Matt (17 January 2008). "Cowboys make Garrett highest-paid assistant in NFL". ESPN. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "Wade Phillips fired by Cowboys after 31⁄2 seasons as coach". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
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