New York Giants Hire New Quarterbacks Coach: Though not official, The Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record are reporting that the Giants have hired Chris Palmer as their new quarterbacks coach, replacing Kevin Gilbride who was promoted to offensive coordinator earlier this month.

In 2006, Palmer served as the quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Before that, from 2001-2005, he was the offensive coordinator for the expansion Houston Texans. From 1999-2000, Palmer was the head coach of the expansion Cleveland Browns. And from 1997-1998, he was Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator in Jacksonville – ironically replacing Gilbride who had then moved on to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Minnesota Vikings Were Interested in Steve Spagnuolo Too?: The Star-Ledger and Newsday are reporting that the Giants might have beaten the Minnesota Vikings to the punch regarding the hiring of Steve Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator. The papers say the Vikings would have been interested in Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator had the Giants not hired him first. Spagnuolo worked with Vikings’ Head Coach Brad Childress for seven seasons in Philadelphia.

Jeremy Shockey to Skip the Pro Bowl: TE Jeremy Shockey, who missed the regular-season finale against the Redskins with an ankle injury, will not play in the Pro Bowl. In 2006, Shockey was elected to his fourth Pro Bowl in five seasons. HB Tiki Barber was the only other Giants’ player elected.