Don’t call Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett by his first name or you will be rudely corrected for such an egregious offense. Garrett, who helped the Giants offense to 17.5 points per game last season (31st in the league), after taking questions said, “good to see you guys” to the reporters and someone replied, “good to see you in person, Jason.“ Garrett, in his best high school history teacher voice said, “We say, ‘Good to see you, Coach.’ That’s how we do it.”
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Jason Garrett would like to be called "Coach."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 5, 2021
This kind of exchange has happened in the past, as Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders snapped at reporters because they called him Deion instead of coach. Of course, in the end this is fairly meaningless, but isn’t being called by your first name also meaningless? Coaches who try to force a culture of respect are likely not going to get respect all that often. As the old saying goes, “respect is earned, not given.”
This exchange comes after a brawl at Giants training camp that cut practice short a couple days ago. Head coach Joe Judge was not pleased and had the team running wind sprints and doing pushups in front of reporters. Judge is known as a disciplinarian and that trickles down throughout his coaching staff. I’m sure some players buy into this approach, but it’s hard to believe he is getting the best out of them and in the end helping his team perform the best they can on the field.