REPORT – BILL MCGOVERN NEW LINEBACKERS COACH…
Though not officially confirmed, ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have hired Bill McGovern as the team’s new linebackers coach. McGovern replaces Jim Herrmann, who the Giants allowed to depart and who is now the linebacker coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
McGovern has served in recent years as Boston College’s linebackers coach (2000-2008), Boston College’s defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (2009-2012), and the outside linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2015). McGovern’s full bio is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.
ELI MANNING NAMED TO THE PRO BOWL…
The NFL announced on Friday that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He replaces Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to injury. Manning will join teammate wide receiver Odell Beckham in the game. Beckham has been named one of the Pro Bowl’s four co-captains.
This is Manning’s fourth Pro Bowl. Manning was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2011, and played in the game after the 2012 regular season as an alternate. He did not play in the 2011 Pro Bowl because of Super Bowl XLVI.
Manning finished 2015 with 4,436 yards (second-highest total in his career and franchise history), 35 touchdowns (career single-season high and one short of the franchise record), and 14 interceptions (tied for second-lowest in his career since his rookie season). Manning also set franchise marks for passing attempts (618) and completions (387), completing 62.6 percent of his passes (third-best completion rate of his career). Manning’s 93.6 passer rating in 2015 was a career-high.
The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Sunday, January 31, and televised live on ESPN at 7:00PM eastern time.