Feb 282023
 
Joe Schoen, New York Giants (February 28, 2023)

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JOE SCHOEN ADDRESSES THE MEDIA…
New York Giants General Manager Joe Schoen addressed the media on Tuesday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana (VIDEO). Schoen also answered questions from fans (VIDEO).

GIANTS TO CUT KENNY GOLLADAY ON MARCH 15…
ESPN is reporting that the Giants will release wide receiver Kenny Golladay on March 15, the first day of the 2023 League year. Depending on whether the Giants choose to designate him a pre- or post-June 1st cut, they can “save either $6.7 million or $13.5 million against the 2023 cap, respectively. However, the latter option will kick dead money into 2024.

Golladay will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in NFL history. The Giants signed Golladay as an unrestricted free agent from the Detroit Lions in March 2021 to a 4-year, $72 million contract. According to Spotrac, he received over $40 million of that contract in his two years with the team, playing in 26 regular-season games with 18 starts, catching just 43 passes for 602 yards and one touchdown. He had only six catches for 81 yards in 2022, as mediocre receivers easily passed him on the depth chart. He also dropped four targets on the limited chances he did get.

The 6’4”, 214-pound Golladay was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Lions. Golladay broke out in 2018 and 2019, catching 135 passes for 2,253 yards and 16 touchdowns. Golladay missed 11 games in 2020 with hamstring and hip injuries. He finished with just 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns in five games.

GIANTS LOSE ANOTHER COACH TO COLTS…
The Indianapolis Colts have hired New York Giants Assistant Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano, Jr. to be their new offensive line coach. The Colts hired away Giants Running Backs Coach DeAndre Smith earlier this month. The 56-year old Sparano joined the Giants last year after serving as assistant line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2017-2020) and Carolina Panthers (2021).

For a complete listing of the coaching staff, see the New York Giants Coaching Staff section of the website.

 

Feb 232023
 
DeAndre Smith, New York Giants (December 4, 2022)

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NEW RUNNING BACK COACH FOR GIANTS…
Last week, the Indianapolis Colts hired DeAndre Smith, who served as the running backs coach for the New York Giants in 2022. It is not yet publicly known what role Smith will serve on the Colts’ staff.

Media sources reported on Thursday that the Giants replaced Smith with Jeff Nixon, who served as Assistant Head Coach-Offense for the Carolina Panthers in 2022. The 48-year old Nixon was the running backs coach for the Panthers in 2020 and 2021. He had interviewed for the offensive coordinator vacancy with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month. Nixon also worked with Brian Daboll with the Miami Dolphins in 2011 when Daboll was the team’s offensive coordinator and Nixon the running backs coach.

For a complete listing of the coaching staff, see the New York Giants Coaching Staff section of the website.

BRIAN DABOLL HIRES SON…
New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll has hired one of his sons, Christian Daboll, as an offensive assistant coach. Christian has served as a student coach at Penn State University for the last three and a half years. Last season, he signaled in the plays during games.

DAVIS WEBB BECOMES QB COACH FOR BRONCOS…
Davis Webb, who served as the third-string quarterback for the New York Giants in 2022, has been hired by the Denver Broncos as the team’s quarterback coach. Webb had spent the entire season on the Giants’ Practice Squad, but started the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Feb 162023
 
Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants (January 15, 2023)

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NEW YORK GIANTS RE-SIGN ISAIAH HODGINS…
The Giants have re-signed wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who was set to become exclusive rights free agent on March 15.

The Giants claimed Hodgins off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in early November 2022. Hodgins quickly received playing time, playing in eight regular-season games with five starts. He finished with 33 catches for 351 yards (10.6 yards per catch) and four touchdowns. In the playoff game against the Vikings, Hodgins caught eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. However, he was limited to one catch against the playoff loss to the Eagles.

Hodgins was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Bills. He spent most of his rookie season on Injured Reserve and most of 2021 on the Practice Squad. Before coming to the Giants, Hodgins only played in two regular-season games, catching four passes for 41 yards.

SHEA TIERNEY REMAINS WITH GIANTS…
Shea Tierney will be returning as the quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants in 2023. Tierney had interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their offensive coordinator vacancy, but that position was filled by Seattle Seahawks quarterback coach Dave Canales. The 36-year old Tierney served as the assistant quarterbacks coach of the Buffalo Bills for two years before joining the Giants last offseason.

Feb 142023
 
Mike Kafka, New York Giants (October 7, 2022)

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GIANTS KEEP MIKE KAFKA…
Mike Kafka will be returning as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants in 2023. The Arizona Cardinals have hired Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon as their next head coach, passing on Kafka and Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo. Kafka had also interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, and Houston Texans for their now-filled head coaching vacancies. All of the open head-coaching vacancies have now been filled.

The Giants learned last week that Don “Wink” Martindale would also be remaining as the team’s defensive coordinator. He had interviewed twice with the Colts.

The 35-year old Kafka first became a coach with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, when he served an offensive quality control coach. He was then promoted by the Chiefs to quarterbacks coach (2018-2019) and then quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator (2020-2021).

GIANTS RE-SIGN LAWRENCE CAGER AND JACK ANDERSON…
The Giants have re-signed tight end Lawrence Cager and offensive guard Jack Anderson, both of whom were set to become exclusive rights free agents on March 15.

The Giants first signed Cager to the Practice Squad in October 2022 and the 53-man roster in November 2022. He ended up playing in six regular-season games with three starts, catching 13 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. The 6’5”, 220-pound Cager was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Jets after the 2020 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Jets (2020-2021, 2022) and Cleveland Browns (2021). The Jets cut him in mid-October 2022. Cager has played in 10 regular-season games with five starts.

The Giants claimed Anderson off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles in late August 2022. He played in 12 regular-season games with two starts, one at left guard against the Cowboys and one at right guard against the Eagles. He was a bit shaky against these top two defensive lines. The 6’4”, 314-pound Anderson was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bills. The Eagles signed Anderson off of Buffalo’s Practice Squad in September 2021. He played in two games with one start for Philadelphia. Anderson spent part of the 2021 season on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury.

Feb 112023
 
Don "Wink" Martindale, New York Giants (November 13, 2022)

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DON MARTINDALE LIKELY STAYING, MIKE KAFKA POSSIBLY LEAVING…
Don “Wink” Martindale is likely remaining with the New York Giants as the team’s defensive coordinator. According to media reports, the Indianapolis Colts are have informed Martindale that he is no longer being considered for the team’s head-coaching vacancy. Martindale had been interviewed twice by the Colts for the position. The 59-year old Martindale served as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens for four years before joining the Giants last offseason. From 2012-2017, he was the linebackers coach of the Ravens.

The Colts have also reportedly told New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka that he is no longer in the running for the team’s head-coaching position. Kafka had interviewed with the Colts once.

However, Kakfa remains one of two reported finalists for the head-coaching position with the Arizona Cardinals. Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo is also said to be still in the mix for the vacancy. Kakfa had also interviewed with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans, but the Panthers hired Frank Reich and the Texans DeMeco Ryans as their new respective head coaches.

The 35-year old Kafka first became a coach with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, when he served an offensive quality control coach. He was then promoted by the Chiefs to quarterbacks coach (2018-2019) and then quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator (2020-2021).

GIANTS AND NICK WILLIAMS “PART WAYS”…
The Daily News is reporting that the Giants and Special Teams Quality Control Coach Nick Williams have “parted ways.” The 32-year old Williams was hired by former Giants’ Head Coach Joe Judge as an offensive assistant in 2020. He was Judge’s offensive quality control coach in 2021 before being shifted to special teams quality control coach by Head Coach Brian Daboll last offseason.

Feb 102023
 
Brian Daboll, New York Giants (February 9, 2023)

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New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll has been named the Associated Press (AP) “2022 NFL Coach of the Year.” Daboll received his award at the 12th annual NFL Honors ceremony on Thursday evening. He was also named the “2022 NFL Coach of the Year” by the Pro Football Writers Association of America (PFWA) in late January. Under his guidance, the rebuilding Giants earned a surprising 9-7-1 regular-season record and won a playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The other finalists for the AP award were head coaches Doug Pederson of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers.

Daboll is the fifth Giants’ coach win this award, joining Allie Sherman (1961 and 1962), Bill Parcells (1986), Dan Reeves (1993), and Jim Fassel (1997). Daboll is the first coach to win both AP “Coach of the Year” and “Assistant Coach of the Year”, the latter occurring after the 2020 season with the Buffalo Bills as their offensive coordinator.

“I think it’s just a lot of people trying to do the job the best they can, seeking out some wins,” Daboll said. “Obviously, the wins help. But it’s really a collective effort. I know I’m the head coach, but there’s a lot of people in our building, everybody in the building, that contributed to our success this year. And I’m very thankful for the people that I get to work with every day.

“There was a lot of good, and there was a lot of hardship. Again, I’m just thankful where my feet are right now and the opportunity that I have. We have a great organization with great ownership, general manager and support staff. Again, I’m just a piece. There’s a lot of great people in our building. You wish you could give awards out to a lot of people because a lot of those people in the building deserve it a hell of a lot more than me.”

Daboll is the fifth coach in Giants’ history to take a team to the playoffs in his first season, joining Sherman (1961), Reeves (1993), Fassel (1997), and Ben McAdoo (2016).