Jason Garrett may return to coaching, but not in the NFL.
The former Cowboys head coach and former Giants offensive coordinator is a finalist for the Stanford head coaching job, according to multiple reports Thursday. Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor is also among the candidates.
Garrett, 56, worked for NBC this year as an analyst for Notre Dame games and as a studio analyst for “Sunday Night Football.” He joined the Giants, where he was the backup quarterback from 2000-03, as their offensive coordinator in 2020 after 10 seasons as the Cowboys’ head coach. He was fired in November 2021 after the Giants started 3-7.
Garrett was in the running to become Duke’s new head coach last year before the school hired Mike Elko.
In 2020, the Giants ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards (299.6) and points per game (17.5), ahead of the Jets in both categories. They also ranked 31st in both categories last season, averaging 287.3 yards and 15.2 points per game.
David Shaw resigned as Stanford’s head coach after the team went 3-9 in the 2022 season. He was the Cardinal’s head coach for 12 seasons, during which time he won three conference titles.
According to ESPN, Stanford is expected to make a decision on a new head coach “in the coming days.”