Jason Garrett Tests Positive For COVID-19, Kitchens To Call Plays

Early Thursday morning, news broke that Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for Covid-19 and is out of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Garrett has hired this past offseason as part of Joe Judge‘s initial staff. This came after Garrett’s contract as the Cowboys head coach expired. Garrett’s playcalling has led the Giants to the 31st ranked total offense so a change, for the time being, could be beneficial. Joe Judge’s staff includes Freddie Kitchens as the tight ends coach. Kitchens was a former offensive coordinator and head coach with the Cleveland Browns. He is expected to take over play-calling duties.

While coaches would never admit it, there has to be a little bit of distaste toward Cleveland in Kitchens’ mind. I would expect him to coach with a bit of emotion this week. The phrase “you are playing for 31 other teams” usually applies to players on the roster bubble. However, this can apply to Kitchens here. If the Giants’ offense looks significantly better under his tutelage then he could earn himself a promotion or an OC job with another team. I’m sure filling Garrett’s role brings some added pressure to Kitchens

The Giants have a tough challenge coming up against a hot Browns team so losing a coach now isn’t ideal. Coming off a game in which the Giants couldn’t move the ball at all this sudden change can either make the problem worse or provide a temporary fix. The only way we’ll know is to watch and see how the team fairs against Cleveland’s defense. While we wish coach Garrett a speedy recovery it is going to be interesting to see what Kitchens can do.

 

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