Former RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Tights coach Freddy Kitchen will be off duty after playing against the Bronx in less than a calendar year against his previous team.
The Giants canceled practice on Thursday “out of an abundance of caution.” They are working with the league’s chief medical officer to determine the next steps. No close contact appeared until Thursday morning.
The Giants’ coaches and players did not meet anyone on Monday or Tuesday. Per league guidelines, he worked remotely. The Giants practiced in person on Wednesday.
Garrett was hired to head the Giants offense after nine seasons as the Cowboys’ head coach. But it has been a struggle, especially without Starr back Saikon Barclay. Only the New York Jets have scored fewer points this season than the Giants, who are one game out of first place in the NFC East for Week 15.
The Giants (5-8) are also unsure whether starting quarterback Daniel Jones will be healthy enough to start against the Browns. Coach Joe Judge said on Wednesday that it would be too early to decide.
Kitchens, who have experience playing the play, will work with Jones or Colt McCoy, another former Brown. He has spent this season primarily guiding the Giants’ tight ends, but the judge said earlier this week that he was “tremendous the way the entire season helped with game planning and scouting reports” . “
Garrett will continue to work remotely.
Kitchen’s success with the Brons late in the 2018 season led to him being promoted as head coach last year. Cleveland finished 13th in total offense during Baker Mayfield’s rookie season. He threw 19 of his rookie-record 27 touchdown passes in the final eight games under Kitchen, when the Browns went 5–3.
But Cleveland fired Kitchen after a rocky 2019 season in which Mayfield regrouped and threw 21 interceptions.
The judge worked hard on his staff to get the kitchen. The two have formed a relationship since their time at Mississippi State and Alabama, and Judge considers the former head coach a bonafide confidant.
Now, Sunday has turned into the ultimate Freddy Kitchen revenge game, an opportunity for him to once again call plays against the team that fired him as head coach after a rocky season. The Browns (9-4) are going strong the first year under new coach Kevin Stefanski, something Kitchen has seen from afar.
“I couldn’t be happier for Cleveland fans,” he said earlier this week. “They’ve waited a long time to go to the games and do something to be happy. But no two teams are the same. We say that every year.”