Jason Garrett’s viral ‘coach’ moment was blown out of proportion

Did Jason Garrett actually instruct the media to refer to him as “Coach?’’

Did Jason Garrett actually instruct the media to refer to him as “Coach?’’

Of course not.

Garrett on Thursday, for the first time since he was hired last year as the Giants offensive coordinator, met with the media in person. His first season was all Zoom access because of COVID-19 protocols. He lauded Daniel Jones, took a little dig at those who did not like how little pre-snap motion he used in 2020 and certainly did not pull a Deion Sanders with a “Call me Coach’’ decree.

Here is what transpired:

As Garrett’s time came to an end, he said “Good to see you guys’’ and then bent down to pick up his practice notes from the ground. There was no real response from the media assembled around him, socially distanced.

Garrett straightened himself out and then repeated himself, a bit more forcefully: “Good to see you guys.’’ This was met by responses of “Likewise’’ and “Good to see you in person.’’

Garrett smiled and said “Yeah, we say ‘Good to see you, coach,’ that’s how we do it.’’ The tone was similar to a parent instructing his kid how to respond politely to another adult. Then he smiled and walked off.

Garrett was referring to how the interaction is with his players in meetings. He greets them, they greet him back and call him “Coach.’’

That’s it. Nothing much to see here.

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Corey Sipkin

WR Kenny Golladay continues to receive treatment for a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him off the field for 2-3 weeks. Coach Joe Judge did not offer any date for a return, saying he did not want to “create some kind of fabricated timetable for people in the public.’’ … TE Kyle Rudolph, coming off foot surgery, has taken much of his rehab inside after working outdoors earlier in camp. … G Shane Lemieux (knee) was able to participate in the slow-paced walk-through practice.

The Giants had two veteran players, OL Joe Looney and LB Todd Davis, retire this week, only days after signing with the team. If they opt to play again, there could be a place for them on the roster.

“In the brief time we had both of them, they both made strong impressions,’’ Judge said. “These are tough decisions on guys. As you get vets later in their career, they started training camp, it’s not uncommon for this to happen. Now, you don’t want it to happen, but you have to respect the decision each person makes for their family. I’d say in both these cases, not to speak for the players, but both of them had family situations that they had to attend to, and that was a large part of the decision.

“I think both guys could’ve helped us. We left the door open for both guys based on what may open up in the future.’’

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Paul Schwartz

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