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Mike Sullivan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (August 29, 2013)

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The New York Giants have announced that they have rehired Mike Sullivan as the team’s quarterback coach. Sullivan was the quarterbacks coach for the Giants from 2010-11 before he was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their offensive coordinator in 2012. Sullivan replaces Danny Langsdorf, who joined the Giants as their new quarterback coach in January 2014, but who was just hired as offensive coordinator by the University of Nebraska.

Before Sullivan became the Giants’ quarterback coach in 2010, he served as the team’s wide receivers coach from 2004-09. Sullivan was the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay under Head Coach Greg Schiano for two years before Schiano was fired. He remained with the Buccaneers as a consultant in 2014.

“It’s great to be back,” Sullivan said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

“Mike Sullivan is a quality football coach and is an outstanding positional coach and did a great job for us as a receiver coach and as a quarterbacks coach,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “He was the first thought that I had and we were fortunate in that the timing was right to get him back here. We’re very pleased to be able to bring him back home.”

Sullivan has never worked with Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who joined the Giants last January.

“I know of Ben and I know a lot of folks that speak highly of him, including some other people that I’ve worked with,” Sullivan said. “He had asked around about me and, fortunately, had heard some good things. We had a good conversation and, of course, I’m close with (wide receivers coach) Sean Ryan, (offensive line coach) Pat Flaherty and (tight ends coach) Kevin M. Gilbride. He has a comfort level with those guys and they were able to tell him what I’m about and how I work. I hit it off real well with him on the phone. He seemed like a great guy and did a heck of a job trying to change so much with a new system, new scheme and really got Eli doing a lot of good things. I’m just really excited to get back in the fold there and work with Eli.”

In the two seasons during Sullivan’s first tenure as quarterbacks coach, QB Eli Manning completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 8,935 yards, 60 touchdowns, 41 interceptions, and a passer rating of 89.2. He had career-high totals of 31 touchdown passes in 2010 and 4,933 yards the following season, when the Giants won their second Super Bowl with Manning as quarterback.

“Mike worked very well with Eli when he was the quarterbacks coach,” Coughlin said. “We all wished him well when he went off to be an offensive coordinator, but we were sorry to see him go.”

“I have a great working relationship with coach Sullivan,” Manning said. “It will be good to have him back on the staff and back in the quarterback room. When he was here, we did a great job getting the game plan together and communicating. We did good work in the offseason, so it will be good to have him back and get back to work.”

“The greatest memory was obviously the run that we had in 2011 and winning the Super Bowl,” Sullivan said, “and the type of football he played and the competitiveness and resilience and poise. It was just such a great experience and I learned a lot from him. We had a lot of great experiences, and that’s certainly something that I’ve always tried to draw upon in later years. I’m just really excited about doing everything possible to help him be the best that he can be and help us win.”

Sullivan will now have to learn McAdoo’s offensive system, which is much different than the one employed by former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride (2007-13).

“He’ll have these next couple of months where he’ll be with the coaches and he’ll get familiar with everything,” Manning said. “Coach McAdoo is in our meetings a good bit, so we’ll all get together and he’ll have time to learn everything and get up to speed and he’ll learn it quickly and we’ll move forward.”

“Mike has been with us a long time and he’s a quality, quality person with a wonderful family, and he is versatile,” Coughlin said. “He’s a West Point grad. He’s smart. He’s disciplined. He does it all. He’s a worker. He has an outstanding work ethic and he’s a very positive guy. He’s a very positive and uplifting guy.”

  • 2015-Present: Quarterbacks Coach, New York Giants
  • 2014: Consultant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2012-2013: Offensive Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2010-2011: Quarterbacks Coach, New York Giants
  • 2004-2009: Wide Receivers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2003: Offensive Assistant, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2002: Defensive Quality Control Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2001: Defensive Backs Coach, Ohio University
  • 1999-2000: Defensive Backs Coach, Army
  • 1997-1998: Defensive Backs Coach, Youngstown State
  • 1995-1996: Outside Linebackers Coach, Army
  • 1993-1994: Wide Receivers Coach, Humboldt State University
Jan 102014
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (September 5, 2012)

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The Latest on the Giants Search for a New Offensive Coordinator: Here is a rundown of known interviews the New York Giants are conducting with new offensive coordinator candidates:

  • Mike Sullivan (ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator): Met with the Giants on Wednesday.
  • Dowell Loggains (ex-Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator): Met with the Giants on Thursday.
  • Karl Dorrell (ex-Houston Texans quarterbacks coach): Meeting with Giants on Friday.
  • Ben McAdoo (Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach): Will meet with Giants on Saturday.

On Thursday, Giants President/CEO John Mara said there also may be additional candidates.

Marc Ross Will Interview With Dolphins on Sunday: As we reported on Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have requested and received permission from the New York Giants to interview Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross. Both teams are considering Ross for their general manager vacancies. is reporting that Ross will interview with the Dolphins on Sunday.

Michael Strahan Makes Final 15 for Potential Hall of Fame Induction, George Young Does Not: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (1993-2007) made the cut from 25 to 15 modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014 candidates on Thursday night. Those actually being entered into the Hall of Fame in 2014 will be announced on February 1st, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII, with the list first being reduced to 10 then 5.

Strahan made the cut to 10 last year, but did not make the final cut to five.

Strahan played 15 seasons for the Giants and was voted to seven Pro Bowls and named All Pro six times (four times first-team, two times second-team). He was also named the 2001 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He accrued 141.5 sacks as a Giant.

Former New York Giants General Manager George Young (1979-1997) did not make the cut. See the Hall of Fame Giants section of BBI for a complete list of Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Jan 082014
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Mike Sullivan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (August 29, 2013)

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Giants Will Interview Ben McAdoo for Offensive Coordinator Position: According to Newsday and The New York Daily News, the New York Giants will interview Ben McAdoo on Saturday for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position. The 36-year old McAdoo has spent the last two season as Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach, and before that he was Green Bay’s tight ends coach for six years.

Previous press reports have already indicated the Giants have or will interview Mike Sullivan (ex-Buccaneers offensive coordinator) and Dowell Loggains (ex-Titans offensive coordinator) this week.

According to The Star-Ledger and The New York Post, the Giants interviewed Sullivan on Wednesday.

According to Newsday and The New York Post, the Giants will interview Loggains on Thursday.

Buccaneers and Dolphins Request and Receive Permission to Interview Marc Ross: According to Newsday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have requested and received permission from the New York Giants to interview Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross. Both teams are considering Ross for their general manager vacancies.

Ross joined the Giants in 2007 and has run their college scouting department since 2008.

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Jan 072014
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Dowell Loggains, Tennessee Titans (October 7, 2012)

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Dowell Loggains to Interview for Giants Offensive Coordinator Position on Wednesday: According to press reports, Dowell Loggains will interview for the New York Giants vacant offensive coordinator position on Wednesday. The 33-year old Loggains was the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans the past two seasons.

Mike Sullivan, the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), interviewed with the Giants on Tuesday, and meetings with him will reportedly continue on Wednesday. Sullivan was on  Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants staff from 2004-11, first as wide receivers coach then quarterbacks coach.

Giants Sign Four More Street Free Agents: The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that they have signed the following four street free agents:

  • WR Preston Parker
  • TE Daniel Fells
  • OT/OG Troy Kropog
  • LB Spencer Adkins

The team also confirmed that it signed PK Brandon McManus, which we reported on Saturday.

Because of these moves, we have updated the TransactionsFree Agent Signings (with scouting reports), 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website. Q&A with DE Damontre Moore: The video of a recent Q&A with DE Damontre Moore is available at

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Jan 062014
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Will Beatty, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

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Mike Sullivan to Interview for Giants Offensive Coordinator Position This Week: According to The Star-Ledger, Mike Sullivan will interview for the New York Giants’ vacant offensive coordinator position on Tuesday or Wednesday. The position opened up last week when Kevin Gilbride retired from the NFL. Sullivan was the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012-13 before he was fired last week. Sullivan served on Tom Coughlin’s staff with the Giants as wide receivers coach (2004-09) and quarterbacks coach (2010-11).

Redskins Confirm Monday’s Interview with Perry Fewell: The Washington Redskins have publicly confirmed that they interviewed New York Giants’ Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell on Monday for their head coaching vacancy. Fewell is one of many potential candidates for the Redskins’ head coaching job.

Surgery for Left Tackle Will Beatty: According to The Star-Ledger, left tackle Will Beatty underwent surgery on December 31 to repair the leg he fractured in the regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins. Newsday is reporting that the injury was a fractured tibia to his right leg. Both papers say Beatty did not suffer any ligament damage. Beatty is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season, but it is not clear if he will be ready for offseason Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices or even the start of training camp.

Safety Stevie Brown Thinks He Will Re-Sign With Giants: The Star-Ledger is reporting that soon-to-be unrestricted free agent safety Stevie Brown believes he will re-sign with the Giants. Free agency begins on March 11. An unidentified source told The Ledger that contract talks between the Giants and Brown should pick up soon as the Giants finish their personnel evaluations.

“It’s a great team,” Brown told “It’s a great organization, great people around here all the time, great fan base – everything like that. So it’s definitely a place I want to be. It’s just now we’ve got to talk to everybody upstairs (in the front office) and see where it goes from there.”

Brown tore the ACL in his left knee in the 2013 preseason.

“I’m about to start doing side-to-side stuff here soon,” Brown told “It feels strong. It feels stable. I couldn’t ask for it to be better at the stage that it’s in.” Q&A with S Stevie Brown: The video of a recent Q&A with S Stevie Brown is available at

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Jan 042014
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Eli Manning (10), David Carr (8), Sean Ryan, Curtis Painter (17), Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (July 28, 2013)

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Tom Coughlin Was Prepared to Fight for Kevin Gilbride: According to The Daily News, had Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride not retired on Thursday, Head Coach Tom Coughlin was prepared to fight to keep Gilbride in his discussions with team President/CEO John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reese. Those organizational discussions reportedly began on Thursday and will continue into next week. The Daily News says, “Knowing Mara’s intention to replace Gilbride, Coughlin told at least one person ‘I’m not going to let that happen.'” The Daily News adds that it is unknown how far Coughlin was willing to go if Mara insisted on firing Gilbride. A source informed The Daily News that Coughlin told Gilbride he was going to fight for him, but Gilbride said there was no need since he had decided to retire.

“The first thing that I said to our owners is that I’m responsible for the coaches,” Coughlin said said on WFAN on Friday. “To think that there’s any one individual who is responsible for the circumstances that we found ourselves in, that’s crazy. Kevin Gilbride is an excellent football coach, he’s an excellent teacher and communicator. His players do respond to him. He works very, very hard at his trade. He has made his mark on this organization.”

Mike Sullivan Not a Shoo-In for Offensive Coordinator?: According to various press reports, team sources have said that it is premature to label Mike Sullivan as the favorite to be the next offensive coordinator of the Giants. Sullivan, who was Tampa Bay’s Offensive Coordinator in 2012-13, was on Coughlin’s staff from 2004-11, first as wide receivers coach, then quarterbacks coach.

Daily News: More on the Assistant Coaching Front: According to The Daily News, a source told the paper that Wide Receivers Coach Kevin M. Gilbride, the son of the Giants’ recently retired offensive coordinator, is expected to retain his job.

However, two sources told the paper that Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn and Quarterbacks Coach Sean Ryan may be let go next week, possibly as early as Monday.

Giants Sign PK Brandon McManus: The Giants have signed PK Brandon McManus to a reserve/future contract. Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

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Jan 032014
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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (August 2009)

Brandon Jacobs Accepts BBI Giants of the Year Award

RB Brandon Jacobs Retires: RB Brandon Jacobs announced his retirement from football on Twitter on Thursday. Jacobs played eight seasons for the New York Giants (2005-2011, 2013) and one season with the San Francisco 49ers (2012). In 2013, in seven games, Jacobs rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns. He had cartilage graft surgery to repair osteo-arthritis in his left knee on December 11 and was placed on Injured Reserve the next day. Jacobs leaves the NFL as the Giants’ #4 leading rusher in franchise history with 5,087 yards and #1 rushing touchdown leader with 60. (Both figures are regular-season totals).

“After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats,” wrote Jacobs. “I’ve had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long. I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come!”

After the 2008 season, Jacobs received the “Giant of the Year” trophy. That season, Jacobs rushed for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin on WFAN: The audio of Friday’s WFAN interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at CBS New York. For an overview of the interview, see Giants coach Tom Coughlin insists Kevin Gilbride wasn’t forced out by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger.

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