The Jason Garrett firing was a long time coming, apparently.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Giants head coach Joe Judge wanted to part ways with his offensive coordinator as early as last season.
Per La Canfora, Garrett had strong support from ownership — who valued his head coaching experience with the Dallas Cowboys — but Judge, a first-year head coach, was displeased with the offense when he fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo last November and many believed Garrett would follow at the end of the season.
No change was made, though, which came as a surprise to many and the Giants continued to stick with Garrett until last week when he was ultimately fired.
Garrett will be replaced by tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens, who was previously the offensive coordinator and head coach with the Cleveland Browns.
Judge and Kitchens have a good relationship that dates back to their time coaching together at Mississippi State and many believe that Kitchens was Judge’s offensive coordinator preference all along, per La Canfora.
Kitchens has a much different style than the conservative play-calling of Garrett, opting to take more chances deep down field in a more aggressive philosophy he learned under Bruce Arians.