Christopher Smith

Oregon State Hires Jason Garrett's Brother As Offensive Coordinator

Created on Feb. 19, 2014 5:08 PM EST

Oregon State hired former NFL assistant John Garrett as its new offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

“John comes from a great football family and brings with him to Oregon State a wealth of knowledge about the game,” coach Mike Riley said in the release. “In addition to his NFL experience, he has coached at the college level and knows the recruiting aspects of the game at this level.” 

Garrett, brother of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, served as Tampa Bay's receivers coach in 2013 under since-fired Greg Schiano. In addition to working for the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Virginia Cavaliers, he was the Cowboys' tight ends coach from 2007-2012. He served as the team's passing game coordinator from 2011-12 before getting fired by his brother (reportedly under orders from owner Jerry Jones).

Garrett replaces Danny Langsdorf, hired in January as the New York Giants' quarterbacks coach. He inherits an offense that includes upcoming senior quarterback Sean Mannion, who threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns last season in a pass-happy group that struggled to run the ball.

"I’m excited to be joining the coaching staff at Oregon State University,” Garrett said in a statement. “I have tremendous respect for what Coach Riley, his staff and players have accomplished over the years and I look forward to being part of the program’s continued success.”  

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