Oct 302020
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As previously reported, New York Giants left guard Will Hernandez tested positive for COVID and was sent home on Thursday. Hernandez remains at home and was officially placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. He will not play on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The good news is that the seven other players and two coaches who were also sent home as a precaution have passed the COVID testing protocols and returned to the team.

The two coaches were reported to be Outside Linebackers Coach Bret Bielema and Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson. The players were offensive linemen Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley, Shane Lemieux, Cam Fleming, Andrew Thomas, and Chad Slade as well as wide receiver Binjimen Victor.

RB Devonta Freeman (ankle) and OG Will Hernandez (positive COVID test) did not practice on Friday.

WR Sterling Shepard (shoulder/toe), CB Darnay Holmes (neck), and S Adrian Colbert (shoulder) were limited in practice.

WR C.J. Board (concussion) fully practiced.

RB Saquon Barkley, who is on Injured Reserve with a torn ACL, partially tore the meniscus, and sprained MCL, underwent surgery today.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on Giants.com:

The New York Giants practice on Saturday (11:30AM-1:15PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Oct 152020
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Kyler Fackrell, New York Giants (October 11, 2020)

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WR Darius Slayton (foot), DL Dexter Lawrence (knee), LB Kyler Fackrell (ankle), and S Jabrill Peppers (ankle) were limited in practice on Thursday.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

The New York Giants practice on Friday (11:30AM-1:15PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Oct 082020
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Kaden Smith, New York Giants (October 4, 2020)

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LB Oshane Ximines (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday.

LB Kyle Fackrell (neck), S Jabrill Peppers (ankle), and S Adrian Colbert (neck) practiced on a limited basis.

LB David Mayo, who underwent surgery on a torn meniscus on his left knee on August 27th, returned to practice today. May is current on Injured Reserve and the Giants now have 21 days to decide whether to turn Mayo to the 53-man roster or keep him on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

The New York Giants practice on Friday (11:30AM-1:15PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Oct 012020
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Logan Ryan and Julian Love, New York Giants (October 1, 2020)

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S Jabrill Peppers (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. S Julian Love (knee/ankle) and S Adrian Colbert (quad) were limited.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

The New York Giants practice on Friday (11:15AM-1:00PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Sep 242020
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Devonta Freeman, New York Giants (September 23, 2020)

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S Adrian Colbert (quad) was limited in practice on Thursday. Linebacker Carter Coughlin (hamstring) fully practiced.

The New York Giants have terminated the Practice Squad contract of linebacker Jermaine Grace, who the team just signed on Tuesday. The 6’1”, 223-pound Grace was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2017 NFL Draft. The much traveled Grace has spent time with the Falcons (2017, 2018-2019), Indianapolis Colts (2017), Cleveland Browns (2018, 2019-2020), and Seattle Seahawks (2018, 2019). Grace has played in 24 regular-season games with no starts, accruing eight tackles.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

The New York Giants practice on Friday (11:30AM-1:15PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Sep 172020
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Jason Garrett, New York Giants (August 23, 2020)

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WR Golden Tate (hamstring), LB Carter Coughlin (hamstring), and S Adrian Colbert (quad) were limited in practice on Thursday. LB Tae Crowder (hamstring) fully practiced.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube/Giants.com:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

The New York Giants practice on Friday (11:30AM-12:30PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Sep 102020
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LB Markus Golden (illness) was the only player to not practice on Thursday.

WR Golden Tate (hamstring), TE Levine Toilolo (hamstring), LB Tae Crowder (hamstring), and DB Adrian Colbert (illness) were limited.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at YouTube:

The New York Giants practice on Friday (11:30AM-1:15PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Aug 252020
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Daniel Jones, New York Giants (August 25, 2020)

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Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • Giants started practice outside, moved inside due to lightning, and then returned outside again.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones and offensive lineman Nick Gates ran laps for a fumbled exchange in the red zone.
  • Linebacker Lorenzo Carter also ran a lap after he and tight end Evan Engram jawed at each other and Carter threw Engram’s helmet.
  • Defensive lineman B.J. Hill intercepted a quarterback Daniel Jones pass at the line of scrimmage.
  • With Spencer Pulley out, Nick Gates was the starting center. Tyler Haycraft also saw reps at center.
  • Linebacker Kyler Fackrell, who had an active practice, batted down a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy.
  • Cornerback Darnay Holmes had excellent deep coverage on a long pass intended for wide receiver Derrick Dillon.
  • In the 2-minute drill, quarterback Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the corner of the end zone against cornerback James Bradberry.
  • In 2-minute drill, quarterback Cooper Rush threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Coleman against cornerback Prince Smith.
  • Linebacker Markus Golden beat offensive tackle Cam Fleming for a “sack.”
  • Linebacker Blake Martinez broke up a quarterback Daniel Jones pass intended for tight end Evan Engram.
  • On 4th-and-long, wide receiver Sterling Shepard dropped a long sideline pass.
  • Tight end Kaden Smith and wide receiver Alex Bachman each had a couple of catches during the 2-minute drill.
  • Running back Dion Lewis picked up a 1st down on 4th-and-short.
  • Running back Dion Lewis and cornerbacks Corey Ballentine and Darnay Holmes returned kickoffs.
  • The Giants provided a 20-minute overview of today’s practice on YouTube.

Fullback Eli Penny (unknown), center Spencer Pulley (unknown), linebacker Ryan Connelly (knee?), linebacker Devante Downs (unknown), and safety Nate Ebner (unknown) did not practice.

Safety Jabrill Peppers (unknown), linebacker Cam Brown (knee?), and tight end Rysen John (unknown) left the field early again today.

According to media reports, the Giants are expected to sign unrestricted free agent cornerback Brandon Williams, who is currently going through the team’s COVID-19 protocol. The 27-year old, 6’0”, 200-pound Williams was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. In four seasons with the Cardinals, Williams played in 45 regular-season games with three starts, accruing 38 tackles and five pass defenses. He missed all of 2019 with a shoulder injury. Williams has mainly played on special teams.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

Giants practice on Wednesday afternoon (1:15-2:30 PM). Head Coach Joe Judge and several assistant coaches and players will also address the media.

Aug 112020
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Jason Garrett, New York Giants (August 9, 2020)

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New York Giants Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham addressed the media on Tuesday (see video at Giants.com and YouTube):

Q: Coach Judge talks a lot about being multiple. How do you go about evaluating what guys can do for you without a lot of competitive opportunities at this point?

A: First, let me start of my expressing my condolences for the Tisch family during this trying time. I know this is hard, I just want to take the opportunity to do that. To answer your question, I think it’s mostly based on past film, and what we know about them as a player from there. Also, just the mental part of what you can handle so far during meetings, the meetings we had in the spring, the meetings we’ve had so far in the last few weeks. I think it’s our jobs as coaches to make it as simple as possible so they understand the core elements of what we want to do defensively. Even with trying to be multiple, the idea is to be multiple in a limited amount of scheme so that we’re doing all the fundamentals that we are looking for on defense. In terms of, playing with our hands, playing with good pad level, setting the edge, defending the deep part of the field and tackling. That’s what we focus on.

Q: You just got to Miami a year ago. What made you make this jump to come back?

A: I think Joe spoke on it earlier. The Giants went through the process of contacting Miami, Miami granted permission and we went from there. Obviously, I have familiarity with Joe. We worked together in New England. He presented an opportunity to work with the Giants. I have familiarity with the organization and it’s close to home, so it’s been positive. I’m excited to be here now in 2020. That’s pretty much the extent of that.

Q: You have a lot of young guys specifically at cornerback and you brought in James Bradberry and there’s reports that Ross Cockrell is going through the testing protocol. When you look at that young group and sorting that out, that back end of the defense is going to so important for the pass rush.

A: No question. In terms of the pass rush, when you are dealing with young players coming into the league, just like any other position in the NFL, it’s different from college. The pass rush is different from college. What I mean by that is they have to start to understand some of the intricacies of how to rush the passer in this league. You’re dealing with the 32 of them in the world that can throw the ball. How are we going to try to affect that passer? Understanding that if you just run up the field, there’s a chance he is probably going to step up and still get the ball off, with accuracy, throwing inside throws which are the easiest throws. Trying to get the guys how to understand how we have to fill the pass rush lanes. How we have to work together to affect the quarterback effectively. It’s a process. We are right at the beginning of the process. We did try to tackle some of it on film during the spring but right now we are in the process of the combination of film, drills on the field and trying to figure what everybody does well to see what’s the best plan we can put together to utilize the talent that we have. These guys are young but it doesn’t matter. It’s about performance and what they do. Once we get to the field, we’ll find out and get a better idea.

Q: Up front, it seems like you have quantity at pass rush, specifically edge rushers. Kyler, X-man, Carter, Markus and so forth. How do you sort through them? It looks like on paper you have more weak side linebackers. Do you envision a rotation? How do you anticipate that might play out?

A: Not to be cliché, but it’s going to be week to week. During this developmental stage when we are trying to find out what we have, they all have unique skills sets. We have to figure out, is this guy a better rusher if we stand him up on the inside, is he a better rusher on the outside, is he better on the left, is he better from the right. I think it’s going to be some trial and error and getting everybody on the same page. Trying different packages, different schemes and seeing how it plays out. Whether it’s going to be a rotation or not, it’s too early to even talk about that stuff right now. Everybody is going to get an equal opportunity and whoever ends being out there, it’s going to be based on they earned it during camp. It’s going to be interesting and it’s going to be fun to work with these guys. They all work hard, Bret (Bielema) does a great job coaching those edge guys. Coach Spence does a great job coaching the interior guys. I’m really excited to see how it plays out.

Q: Who is Patrick Graham in the defensive coordinator role? How do you look at it? What do you believe in? What are non-negotiables for you as a defensive coordinator?

A: I see myself as an old D-line coach, that’s what I see myself as. In terms of stuff that is non-negotiable, what we are looking for is guys who put the team first. They value the process and they play with good football position. Again, team first, that’s pretty self-explanatory right there. We have to get over ourselves in order to accomplish a goal and we can’t let our personal feelings or personal agendas get in the way. I think it’s important to understand there is a limited amount of time each day. Throughout the season, there is a limited amount of time and we have come in and put in the necessary work and the hard work to improve. We have to embrace that. That’s a big part of what I’m looking for when I’m talking to these guys. Lastly, the football position. That’s just playing with their eyes, hands and feet. That’s what we’re looking for with these guys. That’s really what we’re concentrating on during this early part of camp. Those are the things that I am looking for right there. I would say there has to be an element of toughness and then how are we going to measure toughness. There’s mental toughness, you know that, there’s physical toughness. I tell the guys straight up, it’s how we play the run game and how we affect the special teams coverage unit. I think it’s important that the toughness comes out and I know Joe spoke on it, we are going to be a reflection of the region. This is a tough region, in terms of tough people make up this region. I grew up in Connecticut, so I am familiar with the area, I think I want our toughness to jump off the film in terms of how we cover kicks, how we affect that as a defensive unit. The guys on the defense and on those units and how we do against the run game.

Q: Joe talked about being multiple? What’s your thoughts? We saw what you did in Miami.

A: I always answer with ‘yes’. So you say 4-3, 3-4, 2-4, 3-3-5, whatever you want to say, I’ll say yes. I’m not trying to make a joke of it. We are going to do what’s best with what we have in terms of the people, the personnel we have and what we think is best for the game. I would say this, the game is mostly made up of sub plays when you look at the percentages. Most of the time there is three receivers out there. I think you have to look at it from a sub perspective in terms of how you are going to deploy the guys and then go from there. Whether it’s a 3-4, 4-3, 4-2-5 ,they have a basic football foundation in terms of defensive scheme. They all kind of blend together in my mind.

Q: You describe yourself as D-line coach. One of your key players is a defensive lineman in Leonard Williams. I’m curious what you thought of him? The knock on him for years has been not enough pass rush, not enough sacks. Does that necessarily matter to you? Or does he do enough things with whatever you are able to do with your scheme?

A: The thing that stood out for me from Leonard is the fact that he’s very inquisitive. He wants to know why he should be thinking that, what he should be thinking here. Asking our opinions, whether it’s me or Coach Spence, just talking to us in terms of how to be a better player. So far, he has been working really hard, he’s been really diligent in the classroom. From afar, I know he has been a productive player in this league. He’s a big body who has athleticism, plays with his hands, affects the passer and plays in the run game. He can move up and down the line, so right there is a big smile that comes on my face when you are dealing with someone like that. You can’t wait to get your hands on him and just get out to the field and see what he can do and be able to coach him. I’m excited to be around him and work with him. I’m excited to be around all the guys. We have guys that from afar I am very interested in coaching these guys. Dalvin is somebody I have coached in the past. I’m excited to work with B.J., I’m excited to work with Dex, I’m excited to work with all these guys. Whether it’s RJ, AJ, or Chris Slayton, I’m excited work with all these guys.

Q: You guys brought in a tall lengthy corner in Christian Angulo. I am interested to get your thoughts on his game and what you saw from him on film. In a pressure style defense, how does a taller corner with his ability help you out overall?

A: I think Christian has a unique skill set. He has size and then he can run. Right there, the ability to have some size instead of us being in mismatches, he can also help. The big thing for him is the size, the speed, and his willingness to learn. Obviously, it’s going to be a transition coming up with his first year in the league. We’ll see how it plays out. He’s been working hard and being diligent and listening to coaching and going out there and getting in condition. I’m interested to see how it plays out in camp with him.

Q: I’m curious about Dexter Lawrence and your impression of him before he got here. I’m sure you scouted him a bit coming out of Clemson. What do you think of him since you have had the chance to coach him a little bit?

A: I met Dex before during the combine and I thought he was big then. Then you go a whole year and you don’t see him and then I saw him before the game when we played the Giants and I realized yeah, this guy is pretty big. Then when you finally see him again after the hiatus off of football, everything was on Zoom and he is reduced to a one-inch box. All of the sudden, you see him walk in and you think this dude is really big. That’s my main impression. He is a pleasure to be around. He has a bubbly personality. I would say that counters my demeanor, which is usually not too bubbly. He has a way of keeping it light and I like that. I think a big part of being a coach and being in a leadership role is being receptive to other people and how they are. I like that about him. I know he works hard, too, so I’m very excited to be around him. I’m very excited to see him on the field and get this thing going.

Q: What does stand out about him as a defensive tackle?

A: When you look at him and, again, I don’t want to default to this, but the athleticism is obviously there. The athleticism is there, this guy is a big body who can run, who can bend his knees. The thing that stood out to me, it’s a football thing, it’s the effort. He plays with really high-level effort in terms of trying to chase plays from the backside. There’s a screen play that we showed of this guy, he’s a left side defensive tackle, he plants his foot in the ground, I think it was against Tampa Bay, runs down, misses a tackle, he gets there and he is running on top of the tackle. It went from a big gain to a shorter gain because this big man running down the field and it jumped out to me when I got through the tape. Not to take away from him as an interior pass rusher or interior run stopper. The effort he plays with, I’m very excited to see that. When those big guys are the guys leading with the effort on the field, you can feel that. You can feel when a 300-pound man is running to the ball carrier. You can feel when a 300-pound man is hitting that check down, the opponents will feel that. That’s exciting to see because I think the guys will feed off of that.

New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett addressed the media on Tuesday (see video at Giants.com and YouTube):

Opening Statement: Before I get started, it’s obviously a very sad day here with the passing of Steve Tisch’s daughter. Just our sincere condolences to Steve and his family. It’s obviously a tragedy, and his family is certainly in our thoughts and in our prayers.

The other thing I wanted to say just here at the outset is this is the first time I’ve really officially spoken to the media since coming to the Giants from the Cowboys. I just want to acknowledge my time in Dallas and how grateful I am for that whole experience and for everyone in the Cowboys organization, for the opportunity and the support and the lifelong friendships that I’ve made. The players, the coaches and the staff members who were with me and made my life way better, I am eternally grateful to them and really appreciative of having that in my life and for that experience. I’m awfully proud of the program we built and the teams that we had. We had a lot of great days there. Again, I’m very grateful for that experience and for the people who made that experience what it was.

Having said that, this is a new day and I’m awfully excited about being part of the New York Football Giants and being back in this part of the country with this amazing organization, where I’ve had so many great times in the past. With all due respect, I’d love to have the questions that we talk about today be focused on what’s happening here with the Giants rather than in Dallas. Thanks so much guys.

Q: I’m curious your first impressions of Daniel Jones when you watched him on film preparing for your guys game last year against the Giants? And maybe if now there’s an area, now that you’ve gone on the field with him and seen his work in the offseason, where you’ve seen him really show some growth and development so far?

A: I have great respect for Daniel from my first interactions with him. That happened when we started to evaluate him in the draft process when he was coming out of Duke. We weren’t in the quarterback market, if you will, so we didn’t do a deep dive study into him. But obviously, we evaluate all of the players. There were so many great things said about him from the people at Duke. We admired his career and weren’t surprised one bit that he was taken in the first round and has had the success that he’s had up to this point. We did get a chance to see him play against us and on tape all throughout last year. Playing as a rookie in the NFL is a challenge. Playing quarterback as a rookie in the NFL is a real challenge. Daniel handled himself really, really well. Again, reflecting back on the reports and everything we knew about him coming out in the draft, it didn’t surprise us that much. Since I’ve been here, he’s been a real joy to work with. There’s no question he is a football guy. He loves football. He’s always so prepared, he’s always studying his stuff, he always has great questions and wants to get better. My experience has been, when you have that kind of approach and that kind of attitude, if you have some ability, you’re going to keep growing and getting better every day, and he’s certainly done that.

Q: Just one quick follow up. You saw the quarterback make that big leap from year one to year two firsthand with Dak (Prescott), and we’ve seen quarterbacks make that big leap all around the league in recent years. What about Daniel makes you confident that he’s going to be the next guy to follow in their footsteps?

A: Again, we don’t really get into comparing players. Everyone is in a different situation. The thing you just like so much about Daniel is just his approach. He clearly has ability. He’s someone who’s big, he’s strong, he’s athletic, he has a really good arm. He has all the tools you’re looking for. But the thing that really jumps out is the approach that he takes every day. Like I said, he’s a ball guy. He loves ball. He works very hard at it and he’s always trying to refine his skills. He’s always trying to gain more knowledge and find a way to become a better quarterback, individually and for our team. That’s what you get most excited about.

Q: When you decided to come to the Giants, was there any hesitation in the sense of ‘I want some time off,’ or did you just want to get back to work?

A: I love coaching football. I’m just so fortunate to have been able to play football in the National Football League for 15 years, and now I’ve been coaching since then. I love the game. I love every part about the game, as a player and as a coach. When I had the opportunity to come work for Coach (Joe) Judge and the Giants organization, it was just something my wife and I felt was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’m really excited to be here. I’m learning, trying to grow as a coach, trying to help contribute to this football team in any way that I can.

Q: I’m just curious how this whole process kind of went down. From the outside looking in, it seemed like you were sitting there waiting in Dallas and they were interviewing guys. Then the next thing we know, you were interviewing for the Giants. Maybe you could take us kind of how that went down, and what about the Giants intrigued you that made you want to come here?

A: No disrespect, but I don’t want to talk about the past that way. Any question you guys have about what we’re doing here with the Giants now, I’m excited to answer. Like I said in the earlier answer, I had four years of a great experience here with the Giants as a player from 2000 to 2003. I have had great admiration for this organization for a long, long time. Certainly, I’ve had great admiration for Coach Judge from afar. Again, I’m really excited to be here and I’m trying to get better every day and trying to help these guys grow as players. It’s been a really interesting start to training camp for us. I think the organization has done an amazing job allowing us to coach these guys as best as we can. I’m excited to get better each day.

Q: You guys brought in some leaner, athletic offensive linemen as rookies. From your perspective as an offensive coordinator, what advantages does that give you having those guys that are athletic? Not those stereotypical, girthy linemen, but guys that are versatile and athletic and are able to play multiple spots?

A: One of the things that we believe very strongly in is offensive linemen have to do a lot of different things. We had the opportunity to draft Andrew Thomas with the fourth pick, Matt Peart in the third round, and Shane Lemieux in the fifth round. Those were guys that we just liked a lot in the draft process. We felt like they were versatile guys. First of all, they were ball guys. They love ball. All the feedback we got from their coaches at their respective schools was so positive in terms of how much they love ball, how committed they were to getting better every day. Then we felt like they had the skill set necessary to do what we’re asking them to do. We ask our linemen to do a lot of things. Our linemen have to be athletic. They need to be able to run block on the second level. They need to be able to pass protect against the rushers in this league. These guys are all rookies. They’re learning on the run. We haven’t had a real practice yet. We’ll get into that here at the end of the week. Their approach has been outstanding and we’re excited to work with them.

Q: You obviously go back a long way with Marc Colombo. I was curious what you remember about him from your time when you actually got the chance to coach him? Then over the years seeing him develop as a coach, what made you want to bring him back with you to New York when you got here?

A: Marc was a hell of a player for us in Dallas. He was one of those guys that was just a natural leader on our offensive line and throughout our team. He simply played the game the right way. You talk about wanting guys who are going to fight, guys who are smart, tough, disciplined, and play the game at a high level. Marc did that. He was always so prepared. He always approached practice and games the right way and had a really positive impact on everyone around him. He was one of those guys when he retired from football, I told him, I said ‘Hey, I’m going to give you a couple of years,’ he was in a rock band, I don’t know if you guys know that. ‘I’ll give you a couple years pursuing your rock and roll band, but we’re going to get you back in here.’ Sure enough, a couple years later, we got him back in the organization and started him on his way as a coach. He’s done an outstanding job. I think you see that right from the start with a guy like that. He did a great job for us as a player and certainly has been a real asset as a coach.

Q: What did you think of his music back then?

A: It’s maybe a little harsh for me. Heavy metal times ten. But he certainly played with passion, there’s no question about that.

Q: As a former quarterback, are there ways that you can relate to Daniel Jones, not only just in his growth process, but particularly as he tries to clean up the fumbling? And if I may, I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask about now getting to coach Saquon (Barkley) when I vividly remember last year at MetLife Stadium, your folks before the game telling me ‘We can’t let Saquon Barkley beat us today.’

A: Yeah, really excited about both of those guys and so many other guys on our offensive team who we’re coaching every day. Talking about Daniel’s approach, he’s been outstanding. Again, always prepared, always ready, always trying to get better. There are a ton of things that all of our players need to work on. It’s our job as coaches to identify those things and try to give them the tools to get better at it. There are certainly a ton of things that our guys have done well that you want to build on. That’s the process that you go through. I did have the opportunity to play quarterback throughout my life, so there’s no question in my mind I feel like there can be a connection there and I can relate to these guys, hopefully in a very natural way that can help them get better. Again, I’m excited to do that with Daniel. He’s been really fun to work with up to this point. Regarding Saquon, he’s just one of those guys who’s such a good football player. We had to try to tackle him in Dallas, and all of our energy was put on that because he’s such a difference-making player. But again, I want to go back to his approach. Talk about a first-class person. Talk about someone who loves football. Talk about someone who wants to work hard and do everything he can to be the best player he can be, the best teammate he can be. He’s a sterling example of that. He’s been a real joy to work with.

Q: This is a Jason Garrett question, not a Cowboys question. You were a head coach for a decade. Has there been an adjustment for you going back to a coordinator role, maybe looking around at some points and saying, ‘Oh wait, I don’t have to do that now, I just have to do this.’ Not that your role is not significant, but it’s not the head coach. As a second part to that, being a former head coach, have you found that you can help Joe Judge, who’s a rookie head coach? Has he leaned on you for certain things in that regard?

A: Again, I’m just excited about the opportunity that I have and the role that I have here with the Giants. I’ve learned so much from Joe and from others in this organization right from the start. That’s really the mindset and mentality that I have. I certainly will try to contribute in any way that I can, just like we ask all of our coaches and our players to do. That’s my mentality. Again, I have my notebook open every day and I’m taking notes in all of those staff meetings, and continuing to learn from Joe on a daily basis. I’m excited to be here, I’m excited to work for him.

Q: When you got the job here, our job is we go back and we try to dive in, going back to when Jason Garrett was an offensive coordinator and trying to pick apart maybe what you did back when you ran the offense, per se. I’m just curious over the years, now that you’re in that role again, what will this offense look like in your mind? How has your philosophy evolved? What do you want to see from this unit that you’ve put together?

A: Again, we’re just trying to learn each other and try to coach our players as hard and as well as we can. That’s where it starts. We certainly have a system of football that’s been in place for a long time. But it’s also a system that’s evolved through the years, and it has evolved based on the people we have on our team. There have been times in the past where we’ve thrown the ball a lot. There have been times in the past where we’ve run the ball a lot. The one thing that’s been consistent is we want to attack defenses different ways. We’ve played our best offense when we’ve executed at a high level, and we’ve attacked defenses different ways, and we’ll continue to strive to do that.

Q: You just talked a little bit about the different ways you want to attack people. In this circumstance where you haven’t had a spring, you haven’t had a full practice yet, how do you go about evaluating exactly what you have on offense and how you can utilize some of the talent that’s at your disposal? Is it more difficult to do all of that in this circumstance?

A: I think the biggest thing you try to do is you watch any tape that you have of players from the past to get a feel for that. We did that early on in this process. You go back and you watch Giants tape, maybe go back and watch college tape just to learn more about the players, what their strengths are and some of the areas you want to work with them on. In regards to this process that we’ve been in since then, a lot of Zoom meetings over the spring. That was the medium we had. No excuses. You find a way to install the offense over Zoom, and our players have been really, really receptive to that. Then you come back, you get into this early training camp. This is a different medium than we had. Again, you try to embrace the opportunities. Certainly, when we get going, we start running fast in practice and start going against the defense, that’s another opportunity. One of the things that we try to emphasize to our players is we’re always evaluating them. We’re evaluating that old tape, we’re evaluating everything they do. How they handle themselves in a Zoom meeting, how they handle themselves in a real life meeting, in a walkthrough and a practice. We’re always trying to help them live up to the high standards that we establish for our football team.

New York Giants Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey addressed the media on Tuesday (see video at Giants.com and YouTube):

Q: First off, I just have to ask, with your health history, what’s your level of concern with coaching in this environment? Did you give any thoughts to not coaching this season?

A: No. I do my best to keep my body in the best shape that I can, put the best things in my body. I’m not really concerned about it. I’m just excited to be back. Be around the guys, coach them up, trying to take that next step getting better every day. To me, that’s the most important. I’m not really worried about the health part. I just need to take care of myself. I can run into issues at home.

Q: Just as far as evaluating returners, without preseason games, how are you going to be able to go about doing that?

A: You figure it out. I don’t know, man. We’re just out there coaching them up. I’m sure we’ll do some things to evaluate them throughout the process as far as just catching balls, just going through the process of practicing and seeing who’s doing what. You know how that is. That return game is different. You don’t know until you get into a game and you put a guy into a situation. We won’t have games, so that’s just the reality of our situation. We just need to make do with what we have.

Q: Two-parter. One, related to the health, are you staying in the team hotel and do you have to take any additional precautions in this current environment?

A: I’m like everybody else. I stay at home. I try to isolate myself as much as possible. I literally get in my car, drive to work, go to work, get in my car, drive home and go right upstairs to my apartment. Every once in a while, I might have to stop at a store or something. But for the most part, I’m here at the office and I’m in my apartment. That’s the only way I could do it. I was doing the same thing at home when I was in Houston.

Q: My second part is how disappointing was it that Aldrick Rosas isn’t a part of the team anymore? I know that was a player, of course, you put a lot of time into coaching.

A: Yeah, I love Aldrick to death. But it’s a new day, new opportunity. Aldrick’s going to be fine. He knows how I feel about him. You’re right, it was disappointing.

Q: The opposite side of Aldrick Rosas is Chandler Catanzaro. What experience do you have with him? Why was he the right guy for you guys coming out of retirement? Do you know what he was even up to the last year?

A: Chandler is a guy who’s a veteran kicker in this league. He’s performed at a high level before. We’re just hoping to get him back to that level. He’s a hard worker and very conscientious. His availability was there and we took advantage of bringing him in. Hopefully we can get him rolling and get him up to par.

Q: Was he still training for the last year on his own, or is he just starting from scratch again now?

A: Yeah, he was still training.

Q: You were in Carolina for James Bradberry’s first two years there. I was curious what you remember about him from back then and how excited you were to bring him in when the Giants signed him this offseason?

A: Very excited for James and the organization. A good man, works his tail off, very quiet and unassuming. He has a workmanlike mentality. He comes in, he does his job. He’s like a little church mouse in the room. You won’t even know he’s there. A great kid and I’m excited to have him here.

Q: With the reps being what they are, where is the biggest challenge you see for guys coming in trying to get acclimated to playing special teams, as far as a coverage standpoint?

A: Yeah, it’s tough. It’s hard because these young guys normally get the speed of the game during the preseason game, so they get just a little taste of it. This year, it’s going to be hard for them to get that experience because you don’t have that game-like intensity. It’s just tough. We’re just going to have to make do with what we have. We have to do a good job of trying to simulate that in practice so we know exactly what we’re doing and evaluating our guys.

Q: With Joe Judge’s special teams background, what has his influence been on your group in particular? Everybody talks about specials teams coaches having that experience commanding a room and commanding the whole team. What has he been like in that regard since he’s taken over, and since you guys have actually been able to get together as a team?

A: Joe’s been awesome. I can’t even begin to tell you. It’s been very enlightening and he has been outstanding. I just look forward to getting the season going, just watching him grow as a new head coach and just see how far he can take us.

Q: Has he brought an influence in from his time in New England that he has imparted on you to bring to the Giants?

A: It’s one of those things where it’s kind of a perfect marriage. Joe has a ton of experience and has had a ton of success in the league. We just sit down and come up with the things that feel like are good for the unit and we implement them. It’s an easy conversation, it flows great. We put the stuff together that is going to help the team the best. We put it all out there, guys love it, they eat it up. They just go out there and do it on the field. Practice it, walk through it and those different things. It’s weird, it’s a really good situation.

Q: When you were looking for kickers after seeing Aldrick, how important was it for those kickers to have had experience kicking in the northeast winds?

A: You always want to have somebody who’s had experience kicking in the northeast. That was huge. Obviously getting Chandler who has actually kicked in this exact stadium was a benefit.

Q: How good of an indicator is the college tape going to be on these return candidates that you have brought in?

A: You are going to have lean heavily on it, but we all know there is a transition between college and the pros. It’s going to be a difficult situation for all of us as evaluators to be able to make sure we’re making the right decisions. That’s just the situation we’re in and we have to make do with it. Everybody in the league is in the same situation. We’re not the only team in the league that has to deal with this process. We will try to find the best way to handle it.

Q: Especially with young players who make their way to the NFL through special teams. How will you allow them to reach a competitive level where you can really evaluate them knowing they won’t have those preseason games. Obviously, there is some concern when players at your own practices get too intense.

A: It’s a fine line. We have to be able to watch them in the drill work and the stuff we’ll do simulated in practice that will simulate games. We just have to put our best foot forward as evaluators. It’s hard, I’m not going to sit up here and say it’s easy. Again, everybody in the league has to deal with the same situation. We’ll simulate as much as we can in practice, the speed of everything, as much as we can in practice. We’ll come up with the best 53 at the end of training camp.

Q: You’ve always worked for a head coach that has been an offensive or defensive guy. Special teams has always been your thing and the head coach has kind of left you alone, I guess. Is the dynamic different because Joe is a special teams guy and not an offensive or defensive guy? What are your thoughts on Nate Ebner who has been a good special teams player for a long time?

A: Joe is a football coach. He is not just a special teams coach. He is a football coach, he coaches it all. That’s the thing I enjoy about watching him work. It’s easy for me, I’m a team guy. Whatever is going to be best for the team, we are going to do it, regardless of the situation. It’s been really good. Like I said, it’s almost like a perfect marriage, there are no issues. It’s like how do we want to do it, we want to do it this way, okay boom, we’ll do it this way. It’s pretty easy. I don’t have any issue with it and I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying the process.

Q: Nate Ebner is a real special teams specialist, isn’t it?

A: Yeah, Nate’s awesome. He’s a good man, works extremely hard, he’s a great teammate. He brings a lot to the table. He comes with a lot of experience. He is really good with the young players. Again, first things first with him, he is a team guy.

Closing statement: I would be remiss if I didn’t say anything about the Tisch family. I want to send out condolences to them. Any time you lose a family member, that’s always a tough thing, so just letting them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Joe Judge, New York Giants (January 9, 2020)

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Head Coach Joe Judge

One of the hallmarks of a bottom-tier sports franchise is how often it cycles through new coaches. In the last five years, the Giants have fired three head coaches and more assistant coaches than I care to count. With fan ire now rightfully shifting towards ownership, John Mara took a tremendous gamble in hiring Joe Judge, a 38-year old who has never served as a head coach at any level.

  • 2020-Present: Head Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2015-2018: Special Teams Coordinator, New England Patriots
  • 2012-2014: Special Teams Assistant, New England  Patriots
  • 2009-2011: Special Teams Assistant/Football Analyst, University of Alabama
  • 2008: Special Teams/Linebackers Coach, Birmingham-Southern College
  • 2005-2007: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University

On the surface, Judge’s resume appears almost entirely based on praise from two living football legends who he has worked under: Nick Saban and Bill Belichick. Other than that, Judge served at the coordinator level for only five seasons (2015-2019).

“He’s an excellent coach,” said Belichick. “He understands the game well, works extremely hard and is a very good teacher of fundamentals. Joe picks up concepts and coaching points quickly. He is an exceptional leader and one of the best coaches I have been around. He has been responsible for coaching units comprised of nearly every player on the roster. That requires an ability to handle many moving parts, make constant adjustments and immediate decisions.”

“Joe did a fantastic job for our program early on in our tenure in Tuscaloosa,” said Saban. “He went on to have a lot of success on Bill’s staff in New England. Joe is one of the brightest young coaches in our profession, and I think he will do a tremendous job as the head coach of the New York Giants. They are getting an extremely smart football coach who is very loyal, organized and diligent about getting the job done.”

At least in the short-term, Judge won over many doubting fans during his introductory press conference, evincing a no-nonsense, take-charge attitude and a sense of urgency that seems to have been lacking in recent years. But make no mistake, Mara is taking a big risk here on an unproven commodity with virtually no track record on the offensive and defensive sides of the football.

Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett

Despite his 85-67 regular-season record as head coach and earning “coach of the year” honors in 2016, most Cowboys fans were eventually glad to see Garrett let go. That said, his temperament and overall ability is probably best suited to offensive coordinator. Hiring Garrett was a major “get” for Judge and the Giants as his very presence gives the coaching staff some much-needed gravitas. Indeed, many had expected the Giants to pursue Garrett for the head coaching vacancy. When asked about Garrett, Judge pointed to Garrett’s ability run multiple schemes, putting pressure on defenses, and being an excellent teacher.

“There were guys I worked with that I came across in my career at both Alabama and at the New England Patriots that worked with Jason through their time in Miami with him,” said Judge. “They consistently all reflected on how smart he is, how great a teacher he is and how his perspective of the game was through a different lens than most coaches. And when he sees it, he’s able to communicate it and paint that mental image to the players. And he does a fantastic job of making in-game adjustments… It’s a great system he brings with great teaching that will allow our players to go out there and play aggressively.”

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2011-2019: Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2010: Interim Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2008-2010: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2007: Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2005-2006: Quarterbacks Coach, Miami Dolphins

Quarterbacks Coach Jerry Schuplinski

After serving four years as an assistant quarterbacks coach with two teams, Judge hired Schuplinski as the primary quarterbacks coach for the Giants. Schuplinski has received praise from former pupils young and old, including Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Fitzpatrick. While Schuplinski will be under pressure to develop Daniel Jones, keep in mind that Jason Garrett began his NFL career as both a quarterback and quarterback coach.

“Jerry is an incredible teacher,” said Judge. “He has done a phenomenal job of developing young quarterbacks in this league. He simplifies the game so the quarterback can play fast in terms of understanding our scheme and analyzing the opponent’s defense.”

  • 2020-Present: Quarterbacks Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Assistant Quarterbacks Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Quarterbacks Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2013-2015: Coaching Assistant, New England Patriots
  • 2007-2012: Linebackers/Special Teams Coach, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2002-2006: Head Coach, Trinity High School (Ohio)
  • 2000-2001: Running Backs/Special Teams Coach, John Carroll University
Running Backs Coach Burton Burns

The oldest member of the staff, the 67-year old Burns actually transitioned from legendary running backs coach at Alabama to assistant athletic director for football two years ago. Yet the coaching bug appears to still be in his veins.

“I’ve worked with Burton, so I knew first-hand the impact he has on the players he coaches,” Judge said. “He’s coached a number of great backs, he’s coached on a lot of championship teams, and he knows how to get the most out of his players. He’s tough. That’s one thing you’re going to find out about Burton right away. He’s tough. He’s hard-nosed, he coaches tough, he demands his players to play tough. But he has as deep a care for the players he coaches as anybody out there. They respond to him because they know he’s in a foxhole with them. I’m excited to have Burton here, very excited to have Burton here. I know he’s looking forward to working with the guys on the roster.”

Burns was credited with helping to develop Heisman Trophy winners Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry. One has to think that the lure of coaching Saquon Barkley was a major factor in bringing Burns out of coaching retirement.

  • 2020-Present: Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Assistant Athletic Director for Football, University of Alabama
  • 2007-2017: Running Backs Coach, University of Alabama
  • 1999-2006: Running Backs Coach, Clemson University
  • 1994-1998: Assistant Coach, Tulane University
  • 1986-1993: Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Saint Augustine High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1981-1985: Assistant Coach, Southern University
  • 1980: Assistant Coach, Booker T. Washington High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1977-1979: Assistant Coach, Saint Augustine High School (New Orleans, LA)
Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert

One of the few coaches to survive the purge, Tolbert was hired by Pat Shurmur two years ago after serving as wide receivers coach with a number of franchises including the Cardinals, Bills, Panthers, and Broncos. From an outsider’s perspective, the major reason he was brought back appears to be the development of Darius Slayton. Others such as Sterling Shepard and Cody Latimer, the latter also being with Tolbert in Denver, have not developed as hoped. Judge may have been impressed with his work with previous teams as well as the job he did with a slew of bottom tier wide receivers the Giants have had to rely on the past two seasons.

“Tyke’s a guy I knew throughout the league from going against him,” Judge said. “He’s a guy that came recommended by a lot of people that I know very personally. But ultimately, the deciding factor on Tyke is you turn his tape on, and his guys play hard, they play fundamentally sound, he’s been able to develop a number of receivers in different systems, and ultimately, the video tapes are what tells you how a guy is coaching.”

  • 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/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Florida
  • 1999-2001: Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 1998: Tight Ends Coach, Auburn University
  • 1995-1997: Tight Ends Coach, Northeast Louisiana University
  • 1995: Wide Receivers Coach, Ohio University
  • 1994: Graduate Assistant, Northeast Louisiana University
  • 1994: Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University
Tight Ends Coach Freddie Kitchens

A lightening rod for many fans given his disastrous debut season as a head coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2019, Kitchens was not long ago considered a rising offensive mind in the League. Indeed, it was speculated that Judge may have considered Kitchens for the offensive coordinator spot. Kitchens has a wide array of position coaching experience, including running backs, tight ends, and quarterbacks. He also was an offensive coordinator for one season in Cleveland before becoming head coach. Kitchens replaces Lunda Wells, who now ironically is the tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think any position on offense is good for Freddie,” Judge said. “He’s got a lot of experience at different positions. He’s been head coach, he’s been a coordinator, he’s been a position coach. He sees it through a lot of different perspectives. What I love about Freddie is he brings an element of toughness and discipline to his room. He brings outside the box thinking a lot of times to how he approaches the game from a game plan perspective. I think he’ll be an asset to working with our offensive coaches and developing the game plan throughout the week. But ultimately, I’ve worked with Freddie, I’ve played for Freddie, and I’ve called against Freddie, and I understand what his players are about.”

  • 2020-Present: Tight Ends Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Head Coach, Cleveland Browns
  • 2018: Offensive Coordinator, Cleveland Browns
  • 2018: Associate Head Coach/Running Backs Coach, Cleveland Browns
  • 2017: Running Backs Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2013-2016: Quarterbacks Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2007-2012: Tight Ends Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2006: Tight Ends Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2005: Running Backs Coach, Mississippi State University
  • 2004: Tight Ends Coach, Mississippi State University
  • 2001-2003: Running Backs Coach, University of North Texas
  • 2000: Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University
  • 1999: Running Backs/Tight Ends Coach, Glenville State College

(NFL has blocked the following video from BBI, click on link to see “Freddie Kitchens: The Most Selfless Man in the NFL”).

Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo

Most Giants fans were pining for long-time offensive line guru Bill Callahan, but Cleveland hired Callahan in late January. Judge instead chose 41-year old and relatively still green offensive line coach Marc Colombo over the more experienced Dave DeGuglielmo, who couldn’t seem to stay in one place very long. One of the primary selling points had to be Colombo’s preexisting relationship and experience with Jason Garrett in Dallas. As a player for the Cowboys, Colombo was also a favorite of then Dallas Head Coach Bill Parcells.

“Continuity is very important, especially between the offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach, that they can be on the same page starting out,” Judge said. “One of the challenges of a new staff is getting on the same page and working through some of the differences that maybe we’ve had from past experiences but making sure we’re working to one goal. I’d say with Marc, the deciding factor wasn’t his past experience with Jason. The deciding factor was he’s a tremendous coach. His body of work as you turn on the tape and watch how his guys play with technique, execution and toughness is ultimately what the deciding factor was.”

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Offensive Line Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Dallas Cowboys
Assistant Offensive Line Coach Ben Wilkerson

Wilkerson is another Pat Shurmur hire who survived the purge. He worked under unimpressive offensive line coach Hal Hunter, who was out of coaching in 2017 before Shurmur hired him and currently remains unemployed as a coach. Judge has not publicly commented on the retention of Wilkerson. He must see something in him.

  • 2018-Present: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2015-2017: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Chicago Bears
  • 2014: Assistant Football and Track Coach, North Shore Senior High School (Texas)
  • 2012-2013: Offensive Line Coach, Grambling State University
  • 2011: Offensive Administrative Intern, Louisiana State University
  • 2010: Offensive Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University
Senior Offensive Assistant Derek Dooley

Dooley is the third assistant coach on the offensive side of the football who has served as a head coach in the NFL or at a major collegiate program. He also worked with Jason Garrett in Dallas for five seasons as wide receivers coach. He also has experience as an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, tight ends coach, running backs coach, and special teams coordinator.

  • 2020-Present: Senior Offensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, University of Missouri
  • 2013-2017: Wide Receivers Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2010-2012: Head Coach, University of Tennessee
  • 2007-2009: Head Coach, Louisiana Tech University
  • 2005-2006: Tight Ends Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 2004: Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Louisiana State University
  • 2003: Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Louisiana State University
  • 2000-2002: Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Louisiana State University
  • 1997-1999: Wide Receivers Coach/Co-Recruiting Coordinator, Southern Methodist University
  • 1996: Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia

At the very least, he is quite the character (see video below).

Offensive Assistant Stephen Brown

It seems Brown was probably brought onboard due to his preexisting relationship with Jason Garrett, serving in the same role in Dallas for four seasons. Judge has not commented on Brown.

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2016-2019: Offensive Assistant, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2013-2014: Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant, Buffalo Bills
  • 2009-2012: Quality Control Coach/Director of Recruiting, Syracuse University
  • 2006-2008: Student Assistant, University of Tennessee
Offensive Quality Control Coach Bobby Blick

Blick survived both the Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur firings. However, Judge moved him from the defensive to the offensive side of the ball. Judge has not commented on Blick. Typically, quality control coaches prepare the statistical analysis as well as the initial video study of upcoming opponents several weeks in advance of playing them.

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Quality Control Coach, New York Giants
  • 2017-2019: Defensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2016: Director of Player Personnel, Army
  • 2015: Special Teams Coordinator/Director of Recruiting, Samford University
  • 2014: Tight Ends/Slot Receivers Coach, Samford University
  • 2014: Special Teams Quality Control Coach, Georgia Tech
  • 2011-2013: Tight Ends/Running Backs Coach, Elon University
  • 2008-2010: Offensive Graduate Assistant, North Carolina State University
  • 2004-2007: Undergraduate Assistant, North Carolina State University
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham

The selection of Graham as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator may be the most head-scratching hire Judge made. In his only season as defensive coordinator, an admittedly undermanned Miami Dolphins defense finished 30th in yardage allowed and 32nd in points allowed. Furthermore, since Graham was still under contract, the Dolphins voluntarily allowed Graham to go to the Giants.

  • 2020-Present: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2019: Defensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins
  • 2018: Defensive Run Game Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, Green Bay Packers
  • 2016-2017: Defensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2014-2015: Linebackers Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2012-2013: Defensive Line Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2011: Linebackers Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2010: Defensive Assistant Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2009: Coaching Assistant, New England Patriots
  • 2009: Defensive Line Coach, University of Toledo
  • 2007-2008: Defensive Graduate Assistant, University of Notre Dame
  • 2005-2006: Tight Ends Coach, University of Richmond
  • 2004: Defensive Line Coach, University of Richmond
  • 2002-2003: Graduate Assistant, Wagner College

When asked about Graham, Judge repeats the same word: multiple. The good news about Graham is that Belichick thought enough of him to keep him around for seven years, coaching both the defensive line and linebackers. Ironically, he also served two years on Ben McAdoo’s staff in 2016 and 2017.

Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer

Spencer was not Judge’s first preference as this job was first offered to University of Mississippi Defensive Line Coach Freddie Roach, who apparently first accepted and then backed out of the job. Despite not having any pro coaching experience, Spencer appears to be a solid fallback option as “Coach Chaos” was widely respected for his work at Penn State.

“I’ve known Sean through the business,” Judge said. “The most impressive thing about Sean is the players he’s developed through his time at both Vanderbilt and Penn State, among other stops in his career. Sean has a great energy about him, he has great command within a room, his players respond to him, they play hard and they play fundamentally sound.”

  • 2020-Present: Defensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Associate Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Penn State University
  • 2014-2017: Defensive Line Coach, Penn State University
  • 2011-2013: Defensive Line Coach, Vanderbilt University
  • 2009-2010: Defensive Line Coach, Bowling Green State University
  • 2007-2008: Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, University of Massachusetts
  • 2006: Defensive Line Coach, Hofstra University
  • 2005: Linebackers Coach, Villanova University
  • 2004: Defensive Line Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • 2001-2003: Defensive Line Coach, University of Massachusetts
  • 2000: Defensive Line Coach, Trinity College
  • 1998-1999: Running Backs Coach, Trinity College
  • 1996-1997: Running Backs Coach, Shippensburg University
  • 1995: Running Backs/Tight Ends Coach, Wesleyan University

Outside Linebacker Coach/Senior Assistant Bret Bielema

Bielma’s career path is a bit odd and he is somewhat a controversial and “colorful” figure. As head coach, he led the Wisconsin Badgers to a 68-24 overall record and three straight Big Ten Championships. But Bielma surprisingly left Wisconsin for the head coaching position at Arkansas, where he struggled, compiling just a 29-34 record. He was fired after five seasons. Bill Belichick then hired Bielma as a consultant in 2018 and then shifted him to defensive line coach in 2019. After being the only coach Judge poached off of Belichick’s staff, Bielma interviewed for head coaching jobs at Michigan State and Colorado. However, as of now, he will be a New York Giant in 2020.

“There’s a lot of things (to like) about Bret,” Judge said. “I think Bret brings a great personality to the group, brings a great perspective on how he sees the game, he’s coached the front for some time, he’s coordinated defenses at a high level. Players respond to Bret in a positive way. He has a great way of teaching, he has a great way of getting the guys motivated, and he gets the most out of his players. He brings experience from the NFL, as well as college, so not only does he understand what’s going on in the league now, he understands what the players coming from college are used to and how to better translate the trends they’re going to see.”

  • 2020-Present: Outside Linebacker Coach/Senior Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2019: Defensive Line Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2018: Consultant to the Head Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2013-2017: Head Coach, University of Arkansas
  • 2006-2012: Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
  • 2004-2005: Defensive Coordinator, University of Wisconsin
  • 1996-2001: Linebackers Coach, University of Iowa
  • 1994-1995: Graduate Assistant, University of Iowa
  • 2002-2003: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State University

Inside Linebackers Coach Kevin Sherrer

Like Sean Spencer, Kevin Sherrer has never coached at the pro level. So it remains to be seen how well he will adjust to the pro game. Interestingly, he coached linebacker Lorenzo Carter at the University of Georgia.

“Kevin is just an old ball coach,” Judge said. “When I met Kevin, he was coaching at Hoover High School in Alabama. The next year, he was on the staff with us at Alabama. I’ve watched him progress through his career as defensive coordinator at South Alabama, his time in Georgia, his time in Tennessee. I think Kevin is a phenomenal football coach, and he coaches from the ground up with fundamentals, his players play sound and they play hard.”

  • 2020-Present: Inside Linebackers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, University of Tennessee
  • 2018: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, University of Tennessee
  • 2014-2017: Outside Linebackers Coach, University of Georgia
  • 2013: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, University of South Alabama
  • 2010-2012: Director of Player Development, University of Alabama
  • 2007-2009: Defensive Coordinator, Hoover High School (Alabama)
  • 2005-2006: Defensive Assistant, Hoover High School (Alabama)
  • 2001-2004: Defensive Backs Coach, Spain Park High School (Alabama)
  • 1998-2000: Graduate Assistant, University of Alabama
  • 1996-1997: Assistant, Tuscaloosa County High School (Alabama)
Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson

On the surface, Henderson doesn’t seem like an overly inspiring hire as his passing game defenses in Atlanta ranked 28th, 12th, 27th, and 22nd the last four seasons. The Falcons fired him in January. Before that, he served as defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys for four seasons.

“Jerome has a great resume, he’s coached a lot of good players in a lot of good schemes,” Judge said. “I think the more you check around with Jerome, I talked to guys that he coached, the way they responded to him and the way they respected him in the room definitely said a lot about him as a coach.”

  • 2020-Present: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2016-2019: Defensive Passing Game Coordinator, Atlanta Falcons
  • 2012-2015: Defensive Backs Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2009-2011: Defensive Backs Coach, Cleveland Browns
  • 2008: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Jets
  • 2007: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach/Director of Player Development, New York Jets
  • 2006: Director of Player Development, New York Jets

Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Anthony Blevins

Blevins was another Pat Shurmur assistant who Judge chose to keep. However, Judge moved him from assistant special teams coach to assistant defensive backs coach. Blevins did coach defensive backs at the collegiate level.

“I’ve known Blev for some time now, and he’s coached on all three sides of the ball,” Judge said. “He brings great experience that he can contribute to a lot of different parts of developing players. One thing you learn working with the special teams is you’re learning how to develop techniques of a total player. He could easily have gone over to the offense and worked with a skilled position. He could have stayed on special teams and have been an asset. We thought right now, the best fit for Blev was to help with our defense and bring some experience he brought from the other sides of the ball and work with Jerome.”

  • 2020-Present: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
  • 2013-2017: Coaching Assistant/Special Teams, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2012: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2011: Special Teams Coach/Cornerbacks Coach, Tennessee State University
  • 2009-2010: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Tennessee State University
  • 2008: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Tennessee-Martin
  • 2005-2007: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
  • 2003-2004: Defensive Backs/Running Backs Coach, Meadow Creek High School (Georgia)
Defensive Assistant Jody Wright

Judge has not publicly commented on Wright, who will serve as a defensive assistant.

  • 2020-Present: Defensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2019: Offensive Assistant, Cleveland Browns
  • 2018: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2015-2017: Director of Player Personnel, University of Alabama
  • 2014: Running Backs Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2013: Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Jacksonville State University
  • 2010-2012: Graduate Assistant/Offensive Analyst, University of Alabama
  • 2009: Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations, Mississippi State University
  • 2006-2008: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
  • 2005: Volunteer Coach, Mississippi State University
  • 2002-2004: Student Assistant Coach, Jacksonville State University
    Defensive Quality Control Coach Mike Treier

    Judge also has not commented on Treier, who will serve as defensive quality control coach. Typically, quality control coaches prepare the statistical analysis as well as the initial video study of upcoming opponents several weeks in advance of playing them.

    • 2020-Present: Defensive Quality Control Coach, New York Giants
    • 2019: Safeties Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Marshall University
    • 2018: Defensive Backs Coach, Marshall University
    • 2017: Defensive Analyst, Marshall University
    • 2016: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach, University of Tennessee at Martin
    • 2014-2015: Graduate Assistant, Marshall University
    Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey

    McGaughey deservingly survived the latest coaching purge as his special teams performed decently the past two years.

    “I’ve known T-Mac from going against him as well as being in the business and I have a good relationship with him professionally and personally,” Judge said. “I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person. He gets the most out of his players. I’ve competed against him and I knew it was always going to be tough sledding in the game there. From the perspective of having to go against him, you understand you don’t want to get him out of the building; you want to hold onto guys like that. They’re definitely key assets. He and Tom Quinn do an outstanding job of working together, coaching the players in techniques and coming up with schemes for game plans that allow them to apply pressure on the opponents.”

    • 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

    Assistant Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn

    Quinn must have been reincarnated from a cat because he definitely has nine lives. Quinn miraculously not only has survived Tom Coughlin, Ben McAdoo, and Pat Shurmur, but some dreadful special teams units during his tenure as special teams coordinator for a decade with the team.

    “The experience is important, but the success is more important,” Judge said. “(McGaughey and Quinn have) been doing it at a high success rate for a long time. The fact that they had a relationship working together already, I had a relationship with both guys from going against them and have known them within the profession for some time now. T-Mac and Tom do a tremendous job. I love the way they relate to the players, I love the way they coach their guys. You know when you go against their units that they’re going to be sound and they’re going to play hard, and that’s critical. I have a lot of respect for both of them.”

    • 2018-Present: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
    • 2007-2017: Special Teams Coordinator, New York Giants
    • 2006: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
    • 2004-2005: Special Teams/Outside Linebackers Coach, Stanford University
    • 2002-2003: Special Teams/Tight Ends Coach, Stanford University
    • 1999-2001: Special Teams/Linebackers/Tight Ends Coach, San Jose State University
    • 1996-1998: Defensive Coordinator, College of the Holy Cross
    • 1995: Defensive Coordinator, Boston University
    • 1992-1994: Special Teams Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, James Madison University
    • 1991: Linebackers Coach, Davidson College
    Assistant Coach – Special Projects and Situations Amos Jones

    Amos was the last coach Judge hired. His title is a new one for the New York Giants franchise.

    “Amos is someone I’ve known for quite some time,” Judge said. “I have a high trust factor with him. He’s definitely somebody who has worked consistently throughout his career with a number of organizations dealing with situations. He’s got an eye for all sides of the ball. He’ll help with a lot of special projects that will come up throughout the season with evaluation of ourselves and our opponents… Amos brings a wealth of experience to our team.”

    • 2020-Present: Assistant Coach – Special Projects and Situations, New York Giants
    • 2019: Assistant Special Teams Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • 2018: Special Teams Coordinator, Cleveland Browns
    • 2013-2017: Special Teams Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
    • 2012: Special Teams Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • 2007-2011: Assistant Special Teams Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • 2006: Outside Linebackers Coach, Mississippi State University
    • 2004-2005: Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Mississippi State University
    • 2003: Tight Ends/Special Teams Coach, James Madison University
    • 1999-2002: Running Backs/Special Teams Coach, University of Cincinnati
    • 1998: Assistant Coach, East St. John High School (Louisiana)
    • 1997: Assistant Coach, BC Lions
    • 1995-1996: Linebackers Coach, Tulane University
    • 1993-1994: Assistant Coach, Eau Gallie High School (Florida)
    • 1992: Kicking Game Coach, University of Pittsburgh
    • 1990-1991: Special Teams Coach, University of Alabama
    • 1989: Assistant Coach, Shades Valley High School (Alabama)
    • 1986-1988: Defensive Line Coach, Temple University
    • 1983-1985: Tight Ends Coach, Temple University
    • 1981-1982: Graduate Assistant, University of Alabama