NEW YORK GIANTS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE NEW COORDINATORS…
Late on Friday night, the New York Giants officially announced that they have hired Patrick Graham as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator and Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator. The team also retained Thomas McGaughey as special teams coordinator.
“We’re setting out to develop a smart, tough and really sound football team and that’s going to start with the coordinators setting the tone in each room,” said new Head Coach Joe Judge. “Each one has experience, each one has the ability to run multiples (schemes), put the pressure on the opponent, and each one is an excellent teacher.
“All these guys were priorities to add to our staff. You have a short list when you come into this and you make sure you go ahead and take your time and get those guys in with whatever it takes. The priority is to put the best teachers and the best people around your players so you can form a strong locker room and make them fundamentally sound and situational. And I think all three of these guys bring that to the team.”
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham: The 40-year old Graham was also named assistant head coach. Before becoming defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2019, Graham was the defensive run game coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers (2018), defensive line coach for the New York Giants (2016-2017), linebackers coach for the New England Patriots (2011, 2014-2015), defensive line coach for the New England Patriots (2012-2013), defensive assistant for the New England Patriots (2010), coaching assistant for New England Patriots (2009), defensive line coach for the University of Toledo (2009), graduate assistant for the University of Notre Dame (2007-2008), tight ends coach for University of Richmond (2005-2006), defensive line coach for the University of Richmond (2004), and a graduate assistant for Wagner College (2002-2003).
“We’ve had a lot of discussions, both before he came here as well as since he’s been here, in terms of what he would want to do with the scheme,” Judge said. “We share the same vision to be able to run multiples and use the players on our roster to the best of their ability to match up against the opponent.”
Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett: The 53-year old Garrett served as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys since 2011. Before that, he served in other roles for the Cowboys, including interim head coach (2010), assistant head coach and offensive coordinator (2008-2010), and offensive coordinator (2007). He was also quarterbacks coach of the Miami Dolphins (2005-2006). The Cowboys decided not to renew Garrett’s contract when it expired on Tuesday.
“I’ve known about Jason for a long time, not only through the general public as well-known as he is as head coach of the Cowboys,” Judge said. “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. 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.
“We had some great conversations when we were able to bring him in here. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other a little better than we had before. It was a great opportunity to sit there and talk ball and share philosophies and views on the game. It’s a great system he brings with great teaching that will allow our players to go out there and play aggressively.”
Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey: The 46-year old McGaughey, who was hired as special teams coordinator by former Head Coach Pat Shurmur in 2018, will remain in the same position under new Head Coach Joe Judge. McGaughey’s previous special teams experience also includes coordinator jobs with the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, and New York Jets.
“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 (Assistant Special Teams Coach) 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.”
FREDDIE ROACH STAYING AT MISSISSIPPI STATE…
According to the University of Mississippi, their team’s defensive line coach, Freddie Roach, will not be joining the New York Giants as previously reported. It appears the school gave Roach a promotion that included new roles as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator to keep him.