Buccaneers hire John Garrett

Updated: January 20, 2013, 2:55 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys passing game coordinator/tight ends coach John Garrett has been hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' wide receivers coach, the latest change to Dallas' coaching staff.

"It just seemed that everybody was told, offensively and defensively, that there are going to be changes and everyone needs to know, as Jerry (Jones) indicated, that every aspect of the organization is subject to change," Garrett said. "When this opportunity came up, it was something that I was able to pursue and it worked out great."

Reports of in-house discord at Valley Ranch surfaced after this season, and Garrett and other coaches had been allowed to seek options with other teams. He applied for the University of Delaware's head-coaching vacancy, but interviewed with Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano last week.

Garrett's move to Tampa Bay helped alleviate a potential sticky situation in which his brother, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, would have had to make a staff change.

"I want to thank the Cowboys and the Jones family for a fantastic six years as an assistant coach here," John Garrett said. "Just really enjoyed the staff, the coaches over the years and everybody in administration and really enjoyed coaching the players. My group, the tight ends, they're fantastic players, fantastic people, who love football and play with great effort and executed well and really appreciate all of them."

Garrett had been the Cowboys' tight ends coach since 2007 and added the passing game coordinator title in 2011. Jason Witten was named to the Pro Bowl five times with John Garrett as his position coach.

But the Cowboys traded one second-round pick, Anthony Fasano (2006), to take another second-rounder in Martellus Bennett (2008) and did not get enough production.

John Garrett last coached wide receivers in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals in the mid to late 1990s. He met with Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson during his interview.

"Lots of respect for what Coach Schiano and what the Buccaneers are doing," Garrett said. "It's really a young team, who was competitive last year, and they're on their way."

The Cowboys now have two vacancies on the offensive side of the ball at tight ends and running backs with the departures of John Garrett and Skip Peete. The issue of playcaller has not been settled yet, but it is possible offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan could take over for Jason Garrett in 2013.

The Cowboys also are looking for a special teams coordinator with Joe DeCamillis off to Chicago.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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