Jason Garrett

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Wins / Losses / Ties Win % Playoff wins / Playoff losses Playoff win % Championship wins
13 107-85-0 55.73% 2-4 33.33% 0

Parents:

Jim Fassel

Coaching Tree

Biography

Jason Garrett grew up in Ohio and went to high school at the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. He was a multi-sport standout as he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Football was his best. He went on to play at Princeton for a year in 1984 before transferring to Columbia where his father, Jim Garrett, was the head coach.

Jason spent one season at Columbia where his father coached the team to a 0-10 finish, which prompted his resignation. Garrett then transferred back to Princeton for the 1987 and 1988 seasons. He proceeded to set Ivy League records with a 66.5% completion percentage, 4,274 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. He won the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League player of the year.

Garrett’s success at the collegiate level didn’t necessarily translate to the professional level. He became a backup quarterback as a free agent for the New Orleans Saints in 1989 and stayed through the 1990 season. He saw very limited action in his time in the Big Easy. He was named the starting quarterback for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football, but a separated shoulder essentially ended his season in San Antonio.

He then traveled north to the Canadian Football League and played quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1992. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993. He was the third-string quarterback on Dallas’ 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl-Champion teams behind Cowboys great Troy Aikman. In six years with the Cowboys, Garret played in 39 games and attempted 294 passes and completed 165 of them for 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Garrett worked his way up to the second-string spot behind Aikman for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. He started five games in 1998 while Aikman was injured and two more in 1999. He went 4-3 overall as a starting quarterback. Garrett spent the first four years of the millennium as a journeyman, playing for three teams in four years. After he left Dallas, he went to be the backup for Kerry Collins from 2000-2003. The team played for a Super Bowl championship in 2000, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

After the 2003 season, Garrett went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but didn’t stay long as in the same year he played backup for the Miami Dolphins.

He didn’t stay away from football long, as he retired as a player in 2004 and was brought on to be the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2005. Garrett coached the guys under center behind head coach Nick Saban. Saban’s time in Miami was met with much criticism, but in 2005, the team did finish with a 9-7 record, highlighted by six straight wins to end the season. The Dolphins finished in second place in the AFC East that year.

However, 2006 was a much different story. The team started 1-6 after being a trendy Super Bowl pick prior to the season. Garrett helped the team limp to a 6-10 finish as it dropped four of its last five games of the season and finished in the cellar of the AFC East, one year removed from a runner-up finish.

Garrett was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Cowboys in 2007 with new head coach Wade Phillips. Phillips was hired when coaching great Bill Parcells retired. With the newly-acquired wide receiver Terrell Owens and quarterback Tony Romo throwing to him and tight end Jason Whitten, Garrett had all the tools necessary to coach the unit to the second-best offense in the NFL. With such a potent offense in place, the Cowboys went 13-3 in the regular season, which tied with the Green Bay Packers for the best record in the NFC.

It is ironic that both the Cowboys and Packers finished with 13-3 records because both teams were ousted in the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

The Cowboys earned a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with its stellar regular season. However, in the divisional round, it met the Giants. The ‘Road Warriors,’ as they would become known as, traveled to Dallas for an inter-divisional rivalry playoff game. Garrett and his offense outscored the Giants 76-55 in two games that season, both a Cowboys win.

Dallas held a 17-14 lead heading into the final quarter but just a minute and a half into the fourth quarter, but a one-yard touchdown run from Brandon Jacobs put the Giants up 21-17 for good. The loss ended a season that saw Dallas return to its former self offensively and it marked the eleventh year in a row the Cowboys didn’t win in the playoffs.

2008 saw Garrett make nearly $3 million dollars to make him the highest-paid assistant in the NFL. He was also given title of assistant head coach. Although a ton of money was thrown his way, it didn’t translate to a playoff-bound team. Phillips, the Dallas head coach at the time, had $3.7 million left on his contract at the time of his firing in 2010.

The Cowboys entered the final month of the 2008 season four games above .500 at 8-4 and looked like a confident pick to make the playoffs. However, the team dropped three of its last four games to finish the year 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

The 2009 campaign was arguably the best for Garrett’s offensive unit. The team went 11-5, locked up a playoff spot, won the division and, for the first time since 1996, won a playoff game.

The Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-14 in Dallas to open the playoffs. The team would go on to lose to the Brett Favre-quarterbacked, Brad Childress-coached Minnesota Vikings 34-3 the next week.

Then things got ugly in Dallas. 2010 saw the team open the season at 1-7, the worst start to a season for the team after eight games since 1989 when the team started 0-8 and finished the season 1-15. Phillips was fired after a 45-7 loss at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.

In stepped Garrett, who was finally getting his head coaching opportunity. It came as no surprise for the national media, though, as Garrett had been Phillips’ right-hand man since he was hired. After a 1-7 start, Garrett coached the team to a 6-10, third place finish in the NFC East. As a head coach, he went 5-3 in 2010.

Garrett and his Cowboys had a fairly marginal year in 2011, as the team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. They again finished third in the NFC East. Dallas again entered the final month of the season with a 7-4 record and in good shape to make the playoffs, but a 1-4 finish destroyed any hope of that happening.

At the beginning of 2008, Garrett was interviewed by the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons for head coaching vacancies and was offered the job from both franchises, but decided to stay in Dallas. It was much the same story at the beginning of 2009, as the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams both interviewed Garrett for head coaching vacancies, but was not offered either job.

History

Year Franchise Position Wins / Losses / Ties Playoff wins / Playoff losses Championship win
2017 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 0-0-0 0-0
2016 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 13-3-0 0-1
2015 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2014 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2013 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2012 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2011 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2010 Dallas Cowboys Assistant Head Coach / Interim Coach / Offensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
2009 Dallas Cowboys Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 11-5-0 1-1
2008 Dallas Cowboys Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 0-0
2007 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator 13-3-0 0-1
2006 Miami Dolphins Quarterbacks Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2005 Miami Dolphins Quarterbacks Coach 9-7-0 0-0