Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett touted the talents of his key playmakers during his first extensive conversation with reporters since joining Big Blue earlier this year.
Garrett, speaking remotely by conference call on Tuesday, opened up about his new offense, turning over a new leaf in the Big Apple, and his high-profile departure from Dallas after nine years at the helm for the Cowboys.
A former quarterback himself, Garrett is once again leading an offensive unit as coordinator, the role in which he thrived and ultimately led to his promotion to head coach.
Having had a hand in the successes of both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott, Garrett expressed excitement at the prospect of working with another uber-talented signal-caller, Daniel Jones.
“Playing as a rookie in the NFL is a challenge," Garett said of Jones. "Playing quarterback as a rookie is a real challenge. There's no question, he's a football guy. He clearly has ability. He has a big arm. He’s always trying to find a way to gain more knowledge and become a better quarterback."
“The thing you like so much about Daniel is his approach," Garrett added. "He clearly has ability. He has all the tools you are looking for. But the thing that stands out is the approach he takes every day.”
Garrett also gushed about Saquon Barkley -- and sounded much relieved to be calling plays for the running back, rather than trying to stop him.
“Talk about a first-class person,” Garrett said. “He’s a real joy to work with.”
“We had to try to tackle him in Dallas and all of our energy was put on that,” he joked.
Garrett also addressed his exit from Big D, where he made his name both as a player as a backup to Troy Aikman in the 1990s, and then later as a coach.
"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 Cowboys organization for the opportunity, and for the support and lifelong friendships that I've made."
But Garrett said it was a no-brainer decision when he heard from the Giants and new head coach Joe Judge after he'd been let go.
“I love this game, and I love the the NFL. And when I got the chance to coach here, I couldn’t pass it up."