New York Giants Hire Mike Sullivan as New Quarterbacks Coach: The Giants announced yesterday that Mike Sullivan is the team’s new quarterback coach, replacing Chris Palmer who retired last month. For the last six years, Sullivan has been the Giants’ wide receivers coach.
“The major reason that I felt strongly about Mike Sullivan coaching the quarterbacks here is that Mike has been with us for all six years and he’s been an integral part of the progress of our pass game,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He was the position coach for the wide receivers last year and worked very closely with the quarterbacks and the offensive coordinator. He has a very good understanding of our passing game. He did the majority of the work in assembling our first and second down pass game. He is an industrious, very hard-working, very intelligent coach who looks forward to each challenge. In the words of Eli, he knows exactly what we can expect from Sully and that Mike is a grinder. Mike is going to work extremely hard in the face of any challenge – and his challenge is to continue the development of Eli.”
“I’m excited about getting to work with Coach Sullivan,” QB Eli Manning said. “He’s been in the system with the Giants and been working with the receivers for the past six years, so I’ve been working closely with him, trying to get on the same page with the receivers. We have a good relationship and we communicate well, so I’m excited about having him in the quarterback room. I think we’re going to have a great relationship on and off the field. He’s helped me become a better quarterback and I’m looking forward to that opportunity. I talked to Coach Coughlin about this. I feel very comfortable with Coach Sullivan. I knew he was in the mix. I feel very good about him moving to the quarterback position. He’s a guy who knows what we do and we can grow as an offense. I think he’ll be good in the meeting room, giving me different ideas and things we can work on and I look forward to that.”
“I feel very proud of everything we accomplished as a wide receiving group and I enjoyed my experience working with some tremendous players over the years,” said Sullivan. “But this is a new challenge and a chance to grow professionally and stretch myself as a coach. It’s exciting to move to the quarterbacks, particularly to work with Eli Manning. We’ve been together for six years and we’ve worked together to develop our knowledge of the scheme and the pass game particularly. And just to take that next step and have that one-on-one relationship with him and work with him and try to become the best possible player is really an exciting challenge for me.”
“We spent a lot of time just by the nature of the positions, the receivers and the quarterbacks, not just out on the practice field but in the meeting room and many areas,” said Sullivan. “In many cases that transition is one that is a lot easier than someone coming from the outside that doesn’t know the system and doesn’t know how we operate and doesn’t have years of experience in a relationship built up. From that standpoint, it makes it a lot easier.”
“(Manning’s) done some great things and shown the ability to be the quarterback that we want him to be,” Sullivan said. “My job now is to do everything possible to help him achieve that high level of consistency, to be a guy that is going lead our team and help us be successful – to be that guy that’s going to lead us. I look forward to it and I feel honored, humbled and excited for this opportunity.”
Because of this move, we have updated the Coaching Staff section of the website.
New York Giants Hire Sean Ryan as New Wide Receivers Coach: The Giants announced yesterday that Sean Ryan is the team’s new wide receivers coach, replacing Mike Sullivan. For the last three years, Sullivan has been the Giants’ offensive quality control coach.
“Sean has made outstanding progress as a young coach,” Coughlin said. “Last spring, when Mike Sullivan was working with a very young receiving corps, Sean was very instrumental in working with that group as well. In truth, in training camp and all through the fall, when Sean has worked with a group on the field, it has been with wide receivers. He has communicated very well with the receiver group. He has been in their meeting room with them for the better part of two years. I think everyone on the offensive side of the ball that has had a chance to work with Sean knows that he is ready for this assignment. Sean is eager to get his position and to coach his own group. We feel like he’s a young aspiring coach who certainly is prepared for his first assignment at the pro level with regard to a position.”
“I’m very grateful to Coach Coughlin and the Giants organization for this great opportunity,” Ryan said. “You dream about this chance to help keep the offense moving in a positive direction. I also feel lucky that I’m stepping into a situation where I have an existing working relationship with these guys. I’ve got three years with them assisting Sully and working with them on a daily basis. I know how they work. I know effective ways that Sully used to coach them and I think that’s going to be really beneficial.”
“Obviously, it’s a younger group of guys, but a younger group of guys who have playing experience, which is a great combination,” said Ryan. “There’s excitement and room to grow for these guys. There’s a ton of potential left to reach. At the same time, they’re coming in with real game experience.”
“I have three years of being in the room and hearing it taught and seeing what works for them and being able to carry on and knowing what Coach (Kevin) Gilbride (the offensive coordinator) and Sully and everybody is trying to get done within the offense – having that to work off of is an incredible advantage,” said Ryan. “You don’t skip a beat. Obviously, I’m going to have my own way of teaching. I won’t copy everything Sully did. But to have that as a background and have that kind of knowledge going in is going to make a great transition.”
Because of this move, we have updated the Coaching Staff section of the website.
Rumor – Kevin Gilbride’s Son To Be Named New Offensive Quality Control Coach: According to The Star-Ledger, there is a rumor floating around that Kevin Gilbride, Jr., the son of Giants’ Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride, will be named the team’s new offensive quality control coach. That position is now vacant with the promotion of Sean Ryan to wide receivers coach.
Gilbride, Jr. is currently the wide receivers coach at Temple University. The Star-Ledger reports that he has already interviewed with the Giants.
Giants May Stay in Albany: According to The Daily News, the Giants are moving closer to a deal that will keep the team in Albany, NY for summer training camp. For the past 14 years, the Giants have held their camp at SUNY Albany.
With the completion of the Giants’ new training/practice facility, the Timex Center, at the Meadowlands last year, it was widely speculated that the Giants may move their training camp to New Jersey.
“We met with university staff last week (and) we had a thorough, productive meeting,” said Giants Vice President of Communications Pat Hanlon. “As has always been the case, the university is working with us to address our concerns. So we are working toward a return, but we’re not there yet.”
The Daily News reports that one of the team’s concerns is that SUNY Albany does not allow the Giants to use their artificial turf fields for practice when the grass fields are wet. In the past, the Giants have been forced to practice indoors on the school’s basketball arena, where obviously not much real work can be done.
“Holding the training camp in Albany is good for both the Giants’ morale and cohesion and the local economy,” said Senator Charles Schumer. “What’s more, the training camp has become one of the favorite ways for Capital Region families to spend a summer day and, quite frankly, it is the Giants’ last physical link to New York State.”