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Pat Shurmur, New York Giants (January 26, 2018)

Pat Shurmur – © USA TODAY

NEW YORK GIANTS COACHING STAFF OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED…
New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur officially announced his coaching staff today via press release. Most of the names had already been previously unofficially reported by the press. They include:

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach: Mike Shula
  • Running Backs Coach: Craig Johnson
  • Wide Receivers Coach: Tyke Tolbert
  • Tight Ends Coach: Lunda Wells
  • Offensive Line Coach: Hal Hunter
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Ben Wilkerson
  • Offensive Assistant: Ryan Roeder
  • Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher
  • Defensive Line Coach: Gary Emanuel
  • Linebackers Coach: Bill McGovern
  • Assistant Linebackers Coach: Rob Leonard
  • Defensive Backs Coach: Lou Anarumo
  • Assistant Defensive Backs Coach: Deshea Townsend
  • Defensive Assistant: Bobby Blick
  • Special Teams Coordinator: Thomas McGaughey
  • Assistant Special Teams Coach: Anthony Blevins
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Aaron Wellman
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Markus Paul
  • Performance Manager: Joe Danos
  • Director of Performance Nutrition: Pratik Patel

The bios for these coaches are available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

“We’re thrilled to announce our coaches,” Shurmur said. “They’re all excellent people, career coaches, guys who have had success in the profession developing players. We’re excited to have them here at the New York Giants. Some of the coaches I have a history with, some were on previous staffs here, and other coaches are guys I’ve known through the profession. I took a good look at some of the coaches that were here, and we certainly wanted to make sure that some of the really fine coaches that were in the building a year ago had an opportunity to stay.

“I’ve been through this and when you’re a new coach, the process of putting together your initial staff is time-consuming. There are many, many excellent coaches out there, but you want to try to bring in the right guys that fit.”

In the team’s press release, the Giants stated that Shurmur will call the plays while Shula will play a primary role in devising game plans as well as working with the quarterbacks.

“I’ve known Mike a very long time,” Shurmur said. “He’s done an outstanding job developing and working with quarterbacks. He was the offensive coordinator of a team that was recently playing in the Super Bowl. They’ve done an excellent job on offense in Carolina. We share a vision in terms of what we want to do offensively. We’re excited that he’ll be with us. He’ll be the offensive coordinator and also work with the quarterbacks. He’ll assume all the roles that any offensive coordinator would have, and he’d obviously be in position to call it, if need be.”

Other comments from Shurmur:

  • On Hal Hunter: “(With) Hunter, there’s a little bit of a scheme fit. He’s done a good job coaching the offensive line wherever he’s been.”
  • On James Bettcher: “James coaches a defense that’s hard to score against. He had great success in Arizona, and we’re certainly glad to have him here.”
  • On Thomas McGaughey: “I knew Thomas in the profession, and after having a chance to visit with him, I knew it would be a perfect fit here. He’s an outstanding coach. He coached top 10 units in special teams.”

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Mike Shula, Carolina Panthers (November 13, 2017)

Mike Shula – © USA TODAY

REPORTS – GIANTS HIRE MIKE SHULA AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AND QUARTERBACKS COACH…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have hired Mike Shula as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Newsday and The NFL Network are also reporting that Shula will also serve as quarterbacks coach. The 52-year old Shula last served as the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2013 to 2017. He was fired by the Panthers in January. Shula is the son of legendary Colts and Dolphins head coach Don Shula.

  • 2018-Present: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, New York Giants
  • 2013-2017: Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers
  • 2011-2012: Quarterbacks Coach, Carolina Panthers
  • 2007-2010: Quarterbacks Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2003-2006: Head Coach, University of Alabama
  • 2000-2002: Quarterbacks Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 1996-1999: Offensive Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1993-1995: Tight Ends Coach, Chicago Bears
  • 1991-1992: Coaches Assistant, Miami Dolphins
  • 1990: Quarterbacks Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1988-1989: Offensive Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Pro Experience: Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987)
  • Collegiate Experience: Quarterback, University of Alabama (1983-1986)
  • Born June 3, 1965

The New York Post is also reporting that Ryan Roeder will remain on the Giants staff as an offensive assistant.

  • 2013-Present: Offensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2010-2012: Princeton University, Tight Ends Coach
  • 2009: Wide Receivers Coach, University of Rhode Island
  • 2006-2008: Offensive Graduate Assistant, Temple University
  • 2005: Running Backs Coach, University at Albany
  • 2004: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Quarterback, University at Albany (1999-2002)
  • Born: February 14, 1980

Although not officially announced, the following assistant coaching positions now appear to be filled:

The bios for these coaches are available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

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