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Gary Emanuel, Indianapolis Colts (January 11, 2015)

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REPORTS – FOUR MORE NEW YORK GIANTS ASSISTANT COACHES REVEALED…
Although not officially announced, media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have retained Bill McGovern as linebackers coach and hired Gary Emanuel as defensive line coach, Lou Anarumo as defensive backs coach, and Anthony Blevins as assistant special teams coach.

The 55-year old McGovern joined the Giants in 2016.

  • 2016-Present: Linebackers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2013-2015: Outside Linebackers Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2009-2012: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Boston College
  • 2000-2008: Linebackers Coach, Boston College
  • 1997-1999: Defensive Backs Coach, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1994-1996: Defensive Backs Coach, Boston College
  • 1992-1993: Defensive Coordinator, University of Massachusetts
  • 1991-1992: Defensive Backs/Kickers Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • 1987-1990: Defensive Backs Coach, University of Massachusetts
  • 1986-1987: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • 1985: Freshmen Coach, University of Pennsylvania
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Back, College of the Holy Cross (1981-1984)
  • Born December 31, 1962

The 59-year old Emanuel has served as the defensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts since 2012.

  • 2018-Present: Defensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2012-2017: Defensive Line Coach, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2011: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Purdue University
  • 2010: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Purdue University
  • 2008-2009:  Defensive Line Coach, Rutgers University
  • 2007: Defensive Line Coach San Jose State University
  • 2005-2006: Defensive Line Coach, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2003-2004: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Ends Coach, Purdue University
  • 2000-2002: Defensive Ends Coach, Purdue University
  • 1997-1999: Defensive Tackles Coach, Purdue University
  • 1994-1996: Defensive Line Coach, Washington State University
  • 1991-1993: Defensive Line Coach, Syracuse University
  • 1988-1991: Defensive Line Coach, Dartmouth College
  • 1986-1988: Outside Linebackers Coach, University of Massachusetts
  • 1985-1986: Defensive Line Coach, West Chester University
  • 1982-1984: Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, Plymouth State University
  • 1981: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Plymouth State University
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Offensive Guard, Westchester Community College (1976-1978)
  • Born October 30, 1958

The 51-year old Anarumo last served as defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2017. He also served as interim defensive coordinator for the Dolphins in 2015.

  • 2018-Present: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2015: Interim Defensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins
  • 2012-2017: Defensive Backs Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 2004-2011: Defensive Backs Coach, Purdue University
  • 2001-2003: Defensive Backs Coach, Marshall University
  • 1995-2000: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Harvard University
  • 1992-1994: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • 1990-1991: Graduate Assistant/Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Syracuse University
  • 1990: Part-Time Running Backs Coach, Wagner College
  • 1989-1990: Part-Time Running Backs Coach, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: None
  • Born August 18, 1966

Blevins will work under new Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey. Blevins served as an assistant special teams coach for the Arizona Cardinals for the past five seasons.

  • 2018-Present: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
  • 2013-2017: Coaching Assistant/Special Teams, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2012: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2009-2011: Special Teams Coach/Cornerbacks Coach, Tennessee State University
  • 2008: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Tennessee-Martin
  • 2005-2007: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
  • 2003-2004: Secondary Coach Meadowcreek High School (Georgia)
  • Pro Experience: Defensive Back, Mobile Admirals (1999), Birmingham Steeldogs (2000), Birmingham Thunderbolts (2000-2001)
  • Collegiate Experience: Cornerback, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995-1998)
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Thomas McGaughey, New York Jets (November 24, 2014)

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REPORT – GIANTS HIRE THOMAS MCGAUGHEY AS SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR…
Multiple media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have hired Thomas McGaughey as the team’s new special teams coordinator, replacing Tom Quinn. Ironically, McGaughey served as an assistant under Quinn from 2007-2010 with the Giants on Tom Coughlin’s staff.

The 44-year old McGaughey was hired away from the Giants by LSU after the 2010 season, where he served as Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant from 2011-2013. He then went on to become Special Teams Coordinator of the New York Jets (2014) and San Francisco 49ers (2015). In 2016, the Carolina Panthers hired McGaughey as an assistant special teams coach and then promoted him to special teams coordinator in 2017.

  • 2018-Present: Special Teams Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2017: Special Teams Coordinator, Carolina Panthers
  • 2016: Assistant Special Teams Coach, Carolina Panthers
  • 2015: Special Teams Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2014: Special Teams Coordinator, New York Jets
  • 2011-2013: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant, Louisiana State University
  • 2007-2010: Assistant Special Teams Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2005-2006: Assistant Special Teams Coordinator, Denver Broncos
  • 2004: Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach, University of Houston
  • 2003: Special Teams Coordinator, University of Houston
  • 2002: Special Teams Intern, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2002: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Scottish Claymores (NFLE)
  • 2001: Pro Scouting Assistant, Houston Texans
  • 2001: Minority Intern, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 1998-2001: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Willowridge High School (Houston, TX)
  • 1998: Graduate Assistant, University of Houston
  • Pro Experience: Safety for Philadelphia Eagles (1996) and Barcelona Dragons (1997)
  • Collegiate Experience: Safety for University of Houston (1991-1995)
  • Born May 8, 1973

DAVE GETTLEMAN TALKS GIANTS…
New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman answered a few questions from the media at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday. Here are a few highlights:

  • On Head Coach Pat Shurmur: “The bottom line is we got the right guy. I am absolutely thrilled he’s our football coach. I can look you in the eye and say that. I am thrilled… I really believe the head coach job for the New York Football Giants is a job for an adult, and Pat’s every bit of that. I’m just really excited. We’ve had some great conversations. He’s got a great sense of humor, and I’m just excited about where we’re going… He’s an adult. He’s mature. He’s got wisdom. He’s very even-keeled. It really pays off. I’ve watched him on the sideline. He doesn’t get shook. He doesn’t get rattled. This is a job for a grownup. We’re halfway through the interview and I wrote down, ‘This is an adult.’ Everybody wants the next whiz-bang kid. Let me tell you something, you look at history and see how that’s worked out. He’s a veteran, seasoned, professional football coach.”
  • On whether or not Shurmur will call the offensive plays:  “I believe so, yes.”
  • On why some media sources were claiming that the Giants preferred New England Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia for the head coaching job: “Because you got agents (putting) all the bullshit out. That’s why! It’s frustrating. People make shit up. There’s no accountability.”
  • On QB Eli Manning: “I had an opportunity to watch (Manning’s film) because the quarterback is the most important position on the team. At the end of the day, (the second game against the Philadelphia Eagles) wasn’t a mirage. It was not a mirage.”
  • On QB Davis Webb: “I know nothing (about him). I know that he’s a double transfer. I’ve spent some time talking to him. He seems like a great kid. I know he followed Eli around and is learning how to be a pro. That’s what I know.”
  • On what was the problem on the Giants’ offense: “I’m not going there.”
  • On WR Odell Beckham, Jr.: “I had a chat with Odell. I had a great chat with him. People are going to call me crazy, but in that (2014) draft the only guy I would have taken over Kelvin Benjamin, who (the Panthers) took, the only guy I would have taken over him was Odell. That’s it… The bottom line is he’s a wonderfully talented player and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
  • On picking second in the 2018 NFL Draft: “With the second pick, we’re going to take the best player. They screamed at me in Carolina, ‘You’ve got to draft a tackle, you’ve got to draft a tackle.’ If the value’s not there when you pick, you’re going to make a mistake. You’ll make a mistake. We’re going to set ourselves up so that we can take the best player available. And if the best player available is a quarterback, then that’s what we’re going to do… If you take a guy just to take a guy, especially at the quarterback position, and he fails, you set yourself back five years. You set yourself back five years because there are teams that are in what I call quarterback hell. They’ve got quality defense, they’ve got a good special teams, and they’re going 7-9, 8-8, 9-7. And now if there is a legitimate guy, they’ve got to trade up and give away the farm to get the guy.”
  • On the Giants’ roster: “There’s talent here now. There’s talent on this team. I went to Carolina and they’re coming off, I think, four consecutive losing seasons and we went 12-4. I’m not saying we’re going to replicate that, but I’m saying you’ve seen quick turnarounds in this league. It happens all the time. We’re going to build it one brick at a time. We’re going to see what we have. I have not had the opportunity to study our personnel yet. That’s my job Monday. I’m going to turn my cell phone off and just watch film for five days until my eyes bleed.”

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Jan 242018
 
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Tyke Tolbert, Denver Broncos (October 1, 2017)

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REPORT – GIANTS HIRE TYKE TOLBERT AS WIDE RECEIVERS COACH…
9.News (Denver) is reporting that the New York Giants have hired Tyke Tolbert as the team’s new wide receivers coach. For the last seven seasons, the 50-year old Tolbert served in the same role for the Denver Broncos. Tolbert has also served as wide receivers coach for the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, and Arizona Cardinals. According to 9.News, Tolbert received “strong interest from multiple teams.”

  • 2018-Present: Wide Receivers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2011-2017: Wide Receivers Coach, Denver Broncos
  • 2010: Wide Receivers Coach, Carolina Panthers
  • 2004-2009: Wide Receivers Coach, Buffalo Bills
  • 2003: Wide Receivers Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2002: Tight Ends Coach, University of Florida
  • 1999-2001: Wide Receivers Coach, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 1998: Tight Ends Coach, Auburn University
  • 1995-1997: Tight Ends Coach, University of Louisiana Monroe
  • 1995: Wide Receivers Coach, Ohio University
  • 1994: Graduate Assistant, University of Louisiana Monroe
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Wide Receiver, Louisiana State University (1988-1990)
  • Born September 15, 1967

DAVID MERRITT SIGNS WITH THE ARIZONA CARDINALS…
New York Giants Safeties Coach David Merritt has joined the coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals. Merritt is the seventh Giants coach to depart this offseason, including Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan, Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti, Jr., Wide Receivers Coach Adam Henry, Tight Ends Coach Kevin M. Gilbride, Offensive Line Coach Mike Solari, and Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham.

REPORT – GIANTS SIGN RB TERRELL WATSON…
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Terrell Watson tweeted on Tuesday that he has signed a contract with the New York Giants. Watson originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with Bengals (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016), Denver Broncos (2016), Philadelphia Eagles (2016), and Steelers (2017). Watson has played in 10 NFL regular-season games with no starts, nine of which came with the Steelers. He only has accrued 36 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries in his NFL career. Watson is a big, bruising back with decent athleticism who does his best work between the tackles.

Jan 242018
 
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James Bettcher, Arizona Cardinals (November 29, 2015)

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GIANTS HIRE JAMES BETTCHER AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
According to various media outlets, the New York Giants have hired former Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher as the team’s new defensive coordinator. The 39-year old Bettcher served as the Cardinals outside linebackers coach (2013-2014) before being promoted to defensive coordinator (2015-2017).

Bettcher became available when the Cardinals hired Steve Wilks this week as their new head coach. Bettcher was interviewed by the Giants on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Tennessee Titans were also interested in Bettcher.

Bettcher’s blitz-oriented 3-4 defenses ranked 5th, 2nd, and 6th in yards allowed and 7th, 14th, and 19th in points allowed the past three seasons with the Cardinals.

  • 2018-Present: Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2015-2017: Defensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2013-2014: Outside Linebackers Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2012: Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Outside Linebackers Coach, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2011: Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, University of New Hampshire
  • 2010: Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coach, Ball State University
  • 2007-2009: Defensive Graduate Assistant/Defensive Assistant, University of North Carolina
  • 2006: Defensive Graduate Assistant, Bowling Green State University
  • 2003–2005: Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, University of St. Francis
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Offensive Lineman, University of St. Francis (1999-2002)
  • Born May 27, 1978

Former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio was also a leading candidate for the Giants’ defensive coordinator position, but team decided on Bettcher over him.

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James Bettcher, Arizona Cardinals (August 31, 2017)

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REPORTS – GIANTS INTERVIEW JAMES BETTCHER FOR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
ESPN and The NFL Network are reporting that the New York Giants will meet with former Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher about the Giants’ defensive coordinator position at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday. The Tennessee Titans are also said to be interested in Bettcher. The 39-year old Bettcher became the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator in 2015 after serving as outside linebackers coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2012) and Cardinals (2013-2014).

ESPN previously reported that former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio (2015-2017) is also a leading candidate to become the Giants’ next defensive coordinator. In recent years, the 54-year old Del Rio has also served as defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers (2002), head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2011), and defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos (2012-2014).

GIANTS CLAIM KYLE CARTER OFF OF WAIVERS…
The New York Giants have claimed tight end Kyle Carter off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Carter was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Carter spent most of the past two seasons on the Vikings Practice Squad, but he was on the 53-man roster for three games in December 2017. The Vikings waived Carter in January 2018. Carter is more of an H-Back than true tight end given his size (6’3”, 245 pounds). He is a good athlete who can catch the ball but an inconsistent blocker.

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Jan 222018
 
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Pat Shurmur, Minnesota Vikings (January 14, 2018)

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PAT SHURMUR NAMED HEAD COACH OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS…
The New York Giants have officially announced that Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur will be the franchise’s 18th head coach in team history. ESPN is reporting that Shurmur received a 5-year contract from the Giants. Shurmur’s introductory press conference will be held this Friday at 11:00AM.

“We are pleased to welcome Pat to our organization and look forward to the leadership he will provide for our team,” said team owners John Mara and Steve Tisch in a prepared statement. “He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction. We interviewed six talented and qualified candidates, and we feel like Pat, with his vision and experience, is the right person to lead our team.”

“I can’t wait to start working with Pat,” said General Manager Dave Gettleman. “I know he will provide the type of leadership we need to take our team back to where it belongs. I have followed Pat’s career for many years, and he has had great success wherever he has been. What struck me during our conversation is that being the head coach of the New York Giants is not too big for him. He is made for this moment and this opportunity.”

“I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” said Shurmur. “I am looking forward to getting to work with Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team. I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support.”

In recent years, the 52-year old Shurmur has served as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach (2002-2008), St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator (2009-2010), Cleveland Browns head coach (2011-2012), Eagles offensive coordinator (2013-2015), and Vikings tight ends coach (2016). Shurmur was promoted to Vikings offensive coordinator in 2017. He also served as interim head coach for the Eagles in 2015 and interim offensive coordinator for the Vikings in 2016.

REPORT – JACK DEL RIO LEADING CANDIDATE FOR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
According to ESPN, former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio (2015-2017) is a leading candidate to replace Steve Spagnuolo as Giants defensive coordinator. In recent years, the 54-year old Del Rio has also served as defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers (2002), head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2011), and defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos (2012-2014).

Jan 202018
 
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Thomas McGaughey, San Francisco 49ers (August 1, 2015)

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REPORT – DAVE GETTLEMAN CHANGES DRAFT PROCESS…
The New York Post is reporting that General Manager Dave Gettleman is in the process of revamping the way the New York Giants approach the draft. The paper says he is breaking with his predecessors – General Manager Jerry Reese and Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross – in a number of key ways:

  • How players are graded.
  • How New York Giants scouts are assigned.
  • How the New York Giants draft board is assembled.

“We’re changing everything around in the department, from how we operate to the grading scale, everything,’’ an unidentified team source told The Post. “Everything. Nothing’s going to stay the same.”

The source told the paper that Gettleman wants more “checks and balances” in the team’s evaluation process as it is felt the Giants poorly graded a number of prospects that are thriving with other teams.

“We’re gonna have what I call a philosophical and method shift on how we operate, yes,’’ Gettleman told The Post. “The philosophy is the way of looking at players, and the method is how we set up the draft board… Putting your focus on different things, the board is gonna look very different. It’s actually something I learned in Carolina. There’s an old saying: Every man is my equal, in that I may learn from him. These guys taught me a different way of looking at it — not how to evaluate, not how to do it philosophically, but just a different way of setting up a board, and I think it’s terrific.

“My goal here is to just to do a better job to improve the evaluation process, to make it more concise, make it more clear as to the types of players we are looking for and we want to draft.”

The Giants have apparently promoted scout Chris Pettit to a “higher organizational role” in the process.

REPORT – THOMAS MCGAUGHEY TO COACH SPECIAL TEAMS…
The Sporting News is reporting that Thomas McGaughey is expected to become the new special teams coordinator for the New York Giants, replacing Tom Quinn. Ironically, McGaughey served as an assistant under Quinn from 2007-2010 with the Giants on Tom Coughlin’s staff.

The 44-year old McGaughey was hired away from the Giants by LSU after the 2010 season, where he served as Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant from 2011-2013. He then went on to become Special Teams Coordinator of the New York Jets (2014) and San Francisco 49ers (2015). In 2016, the Carolina Panthers hired McGaughey as an assistant special teams coach and then promoted him to special teams coordinator in 2017.

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Jan 192018
 
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Steve Spagnuolo and Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 31, 2017)

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GIANTS STILL WAITING ON PAT SHURMUR…
It is widely assumed among national and local sports media that the New York Giants and Minnesota Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur have tentatively agreed that Shurmur will become the 18th head coach of the New York Giants. The New York Post is reporting that both sides came to an agreement on January 15th, five days after Shurmur interviewed with the team. The hold-up right now is the Minnesota Vikings are still in the playoffs. If the Vikings are eliminated by the Eagles in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, a formal announcement could be made soon. If not, the announcement will have to wait until after the Super Bowl, which we be held on February 4th.

On Thursday, Shurmur was asked about his interview with the Giants. “I thought it was a really good conversation and I felt we connected on a lot of levels,’’ said Shurmur. “I walked away saying — and I knew this going into it — that’s an iconic franchise. I walked away feeling that same amount of respect for them. When I think of them, I just have great respect for what they’ve accomplished. They’ve won through the years, the players, the Lombardi Trophies, it’s iconic in a lot of ways. I know when I was with the Eagles and we got on the bus and rode up the parkway I was looking forward to competing against them. That’s a little piece of me.”

In recent years, the 52-year old Shurmur has served as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach (2002-2008), St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator (2009-2010), Cleveland Browns head coach (2011-2012), Eagles offensive coordinator (2013-2015), and Vikings tight ends coach (2016). Shurmur was promoted to Vikings offensive coordinator in 2017. He also served as interim head coach for the Eagles in 2015 and interim offensive coordinator for the Vikings in 2016.

The New York Post is reporting/speculating the following:

  • A second interview with Shurmur should merely be considered a “stamp of approval.” A source told The Post, “If you have a second interview very rarely is that not to get the job. It’s done, unless something horrible happens.”
  • The Giants were the first choice for Shurmur. “He was always infatuated by the Giants because the Giants are the Giants,’’ said a source. Selling points were the team’s ownership, roster, quarterback situation, and 2018 draft position.
  • Shurmur supposedly thinks Eli Manning can still play and having the #2 pick in the draft to possibly spend on a quarterback is also attractive.
  • Steve Spagnuolo, who served as the team’s interim head coach for the final quarter of the season, may be retained as defensive coordinator by Shurmur. Both worked together in Philadelphia and St. Louis.
  • The Giants were disappointed that they lost Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham to the Green Bay Packers.

DAVE GETTLEMAN MEETS WITH ELI MANNING…
The New York Post and Newsday are reporting that Dave Gettleman met with quarterback Eli Manning for the first time last Friday in Gettleman’s new role as general manager of the New York Giants.

“Yes, it was a great meeting,’’ Gettleman told The Post on Thursday. “There’s only three guys who are still here from when I left. Eli, Zak DeOssie and JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul)… We had a great conversation and everything went well.’’

When asked about the results of the meeting, Gettleman responded, “I don’t want to go there.”

Manning has two years and $22 million in base salary and $11 million in bonuses left on his current contract. His 2018 cap hit is currently scheduled to be $22.2 million. Manning also has a no-trade clause in his contract.

MIKE SOLARI SIGNS WITH THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS…
New York Giants Offensive Line Coach Mike Solari has joined the coaching staff of the Seattle Seahawks. Solari is the sixth Giants coach to depart this offseason, including Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan, Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti, Jr., Wide Receivers Coach Adam Henry, Tight Ends Coach Kevin M. Gilbride, and Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham.

EVAN ENGRAM AND DALVIN TOMLINSON HONORED…
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson have been voted to the Pro Football Writers’ “All-Rookie Team.” Engram and Tomlinson were selected in the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants, respectively.

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Jan 152018
 
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Pat Shurmur, Minnesota Vikings (December 31, 2017)

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NFL “insiders” Jason La Canfora and Ian Rapoport are reporting that the New York Giants are expected to hire Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur as their next head coach. Shurmur cannot officially sign with another team until the Vikings’ season is over.

President/CEO John Mara, General Manager Dave Gettleman, and Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams interviewed Shurmur on January 6th. “I don’t really know anything,” Shurmur told The New York Post. “I had a great visit with them last week. I felt like we connected. So we’ll have to wait and see.”

In recent years, the 52-year old Shurmur has served as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach (2002-2008), St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator (2009-2010), Cleveland Browns head coach (2011-2012), Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator (2013-2015), and Vikings tight ends coach (2016). Shurmur was promoted to Vikings offensive coordinator in 2017. He also served as interim head coach for the Eagles in 2015 and interim offensive coordinator for the Vikings in 2016.

Jan 152018
 
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Matt Patricia, New England Patriots (January 13, 2018)

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REPORTS – MATT PATRICIA WILL BE HIRED BY THE LIONS…
ESPN is reporting that one of the three supposedly desired New York Giants head coaching finalists – New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia – will be hired by the Detroit Lions. SI.com is also reporting that the Lions have informed their other head coaching candidates that Patricia will be their next head coach. The move cannot be officially announced until New England’s season is over.

ESPN and The Daily News had reported last week that Patricia was in fact the Giants’ preferred target. Other sources have said that it was not clear that Patricia was the favorite.

According to multiple press reports, Patricia, along with Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels and Minnesota Vikings Coordinator Pat Shurmur, are the three supposed finalists for the Giants’ job. But since the Patriots and Vikings are both still in the playoffs, no one can officially make a move. The problem for the Giants too is that Patricia (Lions), McDaniels (Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans), and Shurmur (Arizona Cardinals) are all being pursued by other teams.

If the Giants are turned down by all three candidates, the speculation in the media is that the Giants could turn back to Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks, who also interviewed with the Giants for the position along with Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Denver Broncos Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville.

LATE UPDATE: The Tennessee Titans have fired Head Coach Mike Mularkey and are also believed to be pursuing McDaniels.

KEVIN GILBRIDE SIGNS WITH THE CHICAGO BEARS…
New York Giants Tight Ends Coach Kevin M. Gilbride has joined the coaching staff of the Chicago Bears. Henry is the fifth Giants coach to depart this offseason, including Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan, Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti, Jr., Wide Receivers Coach Adam Henry, and Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham.

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