New York Giants OC Jason Garrett tests positive for coronavirus; Freddie Kitchens to call the games against Cleveland Browns

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Tight-end coach Freddie Kitchens will assume playing duties against his former team less than a year after the Browns fired him.

The Giants canceled training Thursday “out of caution”. They are working with the league chief medical officer to determine the next steps. There does not appear to have been any close contact on Thursday morning.

The Giants’ coaches and players did not meet in person on Monday or Tuesday. Under league guidelines, they were working remotely. The Giants trained in person on Wednesday.

Garrett was hired in the last offseason to lead the Giants’ offense after nine seasons as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. But it was a struggle, especially without running back Saquon Barkley. Only the New York Jets have scored fewer points this season than the Giants, who are one game away from the NFC East first place at the start of 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 it was too early to make the decision.

Kitchens, who has experience calling plays, will work with Jones or Colt McCoy, another Brown alumnus. He’s spent this season primarily guiding the Giants’ tight ends, but Judge noted earlier this week he’s been a “tremendous help all season in how he assists with game planning and scouting reports. “.

Garrett will continue to work remotely.

The Kitchens’ success with the Browns at the end of the 2018 season earned him a promotion to head coach last year. Cleveland finished 13th in all-out offense in Baker Mayfield’s rookie season. He threw 19 of his 27 touchdown passes, his rookie record, in the last eight games under Kitchens when the Browns were 5-3.

But Cleveland sacked Kitchens after a tough season in 2019 in which Mayfield regressed and threw 21 interceptions.

The judge worked hard to have kitchens on his team. The two have been linked from their time together in Mississippi state and Alabama, and the judge considers the former head coach a trusted confidante.

Now Sunday has become Freddie Kitchens’ ultimate revenge game, with an opportunity for him to call the games again against the team that sacked him after a difficult season as a head coach. The Browns (9-4) are having a good first year under new coach Kevin Stefanski, which Kitchens has noticed from afar.

“I couldn’t be happier for the Cleveland fans,” he said earlier this week. “They’ve waited a long time for something like that to go to games and cheer. But no two teams are the same. We say this every year. ”

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