Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett started his post-playing career in Tampa. He’ll return to his roots today.
Garrett will sign a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, having agreed this weekend to become their receivers coach. Garrett was a pro personnel assistant for the Bucs from 1992-94.
Garrett worked in Dallas for six seasons, arriving when his brother, Jason Garrett, became offensive coordinator. John Garrett added the title of passing game coordinator to his title in 2011.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity in Tampa,” Garrett said. “We had a had a great time interviewing down there, getting to know coach [Greg] Schiano more and more and the offensive coaches and the rest of the staff of the Buccaneers. It really went well, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity and just really excited to get started working for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
Though Garrett still was under contract in Dallas, the Cowboys already had OK’d his leaving. He and other coaches had been allowed to look for other jobs, and Garrett had applied for the University of Delaware head coaching position before the opportunity with the Bucs came last week.
Garrett, 47, will leave his brothers Jason and Judd, who is the Cowboys’ director of pro scouting. But he said he will miss the players in his tight ends room as much. Garrett said he developed a special relationship with Jason Witten, John Phillips and James Hanna. Witten left for Hawaii and his eighth Pro Bowl on Sunday.
“My six years with the Cowboys have been fantastic,” Garrett said. “I want to thank the [Jerry] Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization. I loved coming to work every day, but most importantly, I enjoyed working with the players in my position group. The tight ends are just fabulous people, really good players, and they do it the right way. They love football. They prepare. They execute. They have just tremendous integrity and character. It was a great, great tight ends room.”
Jones had promised to make it “uncomfortable” around Valley Ranch after a third consecutive non-winning season, and he has.
Garrett is the fifth assistant to leave Dallas. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was let go, replaced by Monte Kiffin. Defensive line coach Brian Baker also was not retained, replaced by Rod Marinelli.
Running backs coach Skip Peete also was let go before landing in Chicago. The Cowboys have not replaced him yet. Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis’ job also has not been filled after he also joined the Bears’ staff.
Wes Phillips, who has been on the Cowboys’ staff for six years, could be considered for John Garrett’s vacated job. Phillips has spent the past two seasons as the assistant offensive line coach.
The Cowboys also are unsettled at play-caller, though the job could go to offensive line coach Bill Callahan.