DALLAS - Jason Garrett stepped to the microphone for the first time Tuesday as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants.
Before Garrett began answering questions about his new team, the former Cowboys coach addressed his exit from America's Team.
"This is the first time I've really officially spoken to the media since coming to the Giants from the Cowboys. I just want to acknowledge my time in Dallas and how grateful I am for that whole experience and everyone in the Cowboy organization for the opportunity and for the support and the lifelong friendships that I've made," Garrett said.
"To the players, the coaches, and the staff members who were with me and made my life way better, I am eternally grateful to them and really appreciative of having them in my life and for that experience. Awfully proud of the program that we built and the teams we had. We had a lot of great days there. So again, I'm very grateful for that experience and for the people who made that experience what it was."
Garrett finished his opening statement by asking the media to respect his wishes to not talk about the details of his departure from the Cowboys.
Garrett had success as the head coach, leaving the Cowboys as the second-winningest coach in franchise history with a 77-59 record in 136 regular-season games, a 2-3 postseason record, and three division titles, as well as one AP Coach of the Year Award in 2016.
In nine years as the head coach, however, Garrett won the three division titles and made the playoffs just three times, never making it past the divisional round.
Garrett is working under new Giants head coach, Joe Judge, who will be manning an NFL head coaching position for the first time in his career after eight seasons as an assistant with the New England Patriots.
After reports spread that Garrett was out in Dallas, owner Jerry Jones released a statement on the team's decision to move on from him.
"We are extremely grateful to Jason Garrett for his more than 20 years of service to the Dallas Cowboys as a player, assistant coach and head coach," said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
"His level of commitment, character, and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career. In his nine full years as a head coach, he guided our team to three division championships while also having them in position to play for the NFC East title in the last game of the year in four other seasons. His tenure of leadership will be characterized by his ability to produce teams that always played with great effort, emotion and passion, and he represented our organization with great pride, loyalty, and respect."
"Jason Garrett's legacy with the Dallas Cowboys will always be that of someone who strived for greatness every day that he walked through the door, and as someone who installed the virtues of enthusiasm, hard work and appreciation for the profession in all of the men who played with him and for him."
"He is, and always will remain, a cherished member of the Dallas Cowboys family and his contributions to the organization are greatly appreciated."