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Giants fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after dreadful performance Monday night

The Giants finished with 215 total yards Monday night under offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

The New York Giants fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after a dreadful performance in a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants (3-7) tweeted the decision Tuesday, saying the former Dallas Cowboys head coach had been relieved of his duties.

There was no immediate word who would replace Garrett for Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6). Former Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is on the staff and could take over.

Garrett was hired last year shortly after Joe Judge was named head coach.

The Giants (3-7) were embarrassed Monday night, dropping a 30-10 decision to the Bucs. Judge said the team has too many good players not to be scoring, giving an indication changes were coming.


New York has scored 189 points this season. It has struggled in the red zone and in five of its seven losses has a combined 65 points.

The Giants finished with 215 total yards Monday night, the second-lowest total of the 26-game Judge era. They gained 159 yards in a loss to Arizona Dec. 13, 2020. Only one of the Giants’ 54 offensive plays gained more than 16 yards against Tampa Bay.

The Giants’ 15 first downs were a season low and their fewest since they had 14 against Cleveland last Dec. 20. They have 31 first downs in their last two games, including 16 in the victory against Las Vegas on Nov. 7.

Joe Judge, right, and Jason Garrett won't be working together anymore.Seth Wenig/Associated Press

New York rushed for 66 yards, its second-lowest total of the season; the Giants ran for 60 yards in their season-opening loss to Denver. New York's 24:21 time of possession was a season low.

The offense has been devastated by injuries, particularly on the line. Center Nick Gates (broken leg) and left guard Shane Lemieux (knee) played two and one game, respectively. Standout left tackle Andrew Thomas has missed games with foot and ankle injuries, and guard Will Hernandez and tackle Nate Solder are playing on the right this season, a new side for them.


Jets QB Wilson to start Sunday

Zach Wilson will return as the Jets’ starting quarterback Sunday against the Texans in Houston, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision.

The No. 2 overall pick in April missed the past four games with a sprained posterior collateral ligament in his right knee.

Wilson’s return comes just in time, too: Backup quarterbacks Mike White and Joe Flacco were both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That leaves just Wilson and Josh Johnson, who’s on the practice squad, at the quarterback position.

Flacco said last week he is not vaccinated. White’s vaccination status was not immediately known.

Bears coach Nagy denies report he will be fired

Who coaches the Bears after Thursday seems to be the bigger topic now than who their starting quarterback will be this week.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Andy Dalton will start against the Lions for injured Justin Fields, then spent half of his press conference dealing with a report saying he has been told he will no longer coach the Bears after Thursday’s game.

“That is not accurate,” Nagy said of the report, which appeared on Patch.com.

What does the future hold for Matt Nagy?Kamil Krzaczynski/Associated Press

The Bears have lost five straight and for three straight years have had losing streaks of four games or more. So Nagy’s job status has been a hot debate throughout Chicago. Chants of “Fire Nagy,” were heard at times in Soldier Field during Sunday’s 16-13 loss to Baltimore — and even at the United Center during a Chicago Bulls game.


Nagy said he normally talks on a regular basis with team general manager Ryan Pace, president Ted Phillips and board chairman George McCaskey, but not this week as there were no meetings scheduled.

“We have constant communication,” Nagy said. “I always think it’s good and healthy and so we stayed on course. With the bye week and then with the short turnaround and with game prep, we have not [talked].”

The Bears have never fired a coach during midseason.

Titans waive RB Peterson

The Titans waived 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson after three games in a flurry of roster moves.

The Titans signed running back Dontrell Hilliard from the practice squad to replace Peterson. They also signed defensive back Buster Skrine and brought back outside linebacker John Simon.

They also placed defensive back Chris Jackson (foot) and wide receiver Marcus Johnson on injured reserve. Johnson hurt his right hamstring in the first quarter in last week’s loss to the Texans, a week after he caught five passes for a season-high 100 yards receiving.

Along with an injury to 2020 Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown, that has left the Titans thin at wide receiver. That’s why the Titans signed receivers Golden Tate and Austin Mack to the practice squad along with defensive lineman Kevin Strong and running back Rodney Smith.

Peterson signed originally to the Titans practice squad Nov. 2 to help replace Derrick Henry and was promoted to the active roster two days before a win in Los Angeles over the Rams. Peterson started two games and had 27 carries for 82 yards and a 3.0-yard average per rushing attempt and one touchdown run.