Giants News: Offense with Jason Garrett Will Be Similar to Cowboys' Last Season

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2020

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett takes part in a news conference following an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Arlington, Texas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says New York is hiring Garrett to be the Giants offensive coordinator. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, because the team did not immediately announce the move. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
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Nobody in the entire NFL finished with more yards during the 2019 regular season than the Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Giants will look to replicate that success with a similar system. 

Giants head coach Joe Judge said the team's offense will primarily be based on Jason Garrett's system from Dallas, per Zack Rosenblatt of the Newark Star-Ledger. Garrett was the head coach of the Cowboys last year and is the offensive coordinator for the Giants heading into the 2020 campaign.

From a talent standpoint, Dallas had some advantages that New York may not be able to match.

Neither team is hurting at running back with Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley on the shortlist of the best players at their position in the entire league, but Dak Prescott is a two-time Pro Bowler who threw for a career-best 4,902 yards during the 2019 campaign. He also had Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup at wide receiver.

Both pass-catchers surpassed 1,100 yards through the air last year.

New York's answer to Prescott is second-year quarterback Daniel Jones, who showed flashes of his potential as a rookie but was still just 3-9 as a starter. What's more, Darius Slayton was the only pass-catcher to finish the 2019 season with more than 700 receiving yards with 740.

Despite the explosive offense, the Cowboys still missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record last season. Its inability to come up with key defensive stops in games undercut those efforts and cost the team the chance at a postseason run.

The Giants are looking for their first playoff win and second playoff appearance since they went to the Super Bowl in the 2011 season and will need better showings on both sides of the ball to accomplish that goal.

They were a middling 19th in the league in points scored and an ugly 30th in the league in points allowed last year. Garrett's system could help them address one of those categories, but his Cowboys proved it will take a combined effort to win the NFC East.