Feb 152018
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Pat Shurmur, New York Giants (January 26, 2018)

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New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur officially announced his coaching staff today via press release. Most of the names had already been previously unofficially reported by the press. They include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other comments from Shurmur:

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


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

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

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

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

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