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NEW YORK GIANTS ANNOUNCE ASSISTANT COACHES…
The New York Giants have officially announced the team’s assistant coaches. The team’s coordinators – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham, Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett, and Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey – were announced on January 17th.

“The first thing I was prioritizing was good coaches who had a deep concern for the players that they were going to coach,” new Head Coach Joe Judge said in the team’s press release. “It has to start with the relationship from the coach to the player and understanding that we’re working together. Next thing I was prioritizing was good teachers. We had to find guys who can paint that mental picture for a player and find a way to tap into how they learn and get the most out of them. To me, it’s a big trust factor with the guys I have on the staff. I have a personal relationship with a lot of these guys, professional relationships with nearly all of them. Guys who I have not worked with directly, I’ve competed against, I’ve known for some time. I’ve more than done my research on everybody on this staff, including the guys I’ve worked with. No stone has been unturned. I’m very excited about the group we have in here. I know they’re going to bring a lot to this organization. I know they’re going to be a great asset to the players they’re going to coach.”

The other 17 members of Judge’s 20-member staff are:

Quarterbacks Coach Jerry Schuplinski

  • 2020-Present: Quarterbacks Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Assistant Quarterbacks Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Quarterbacks Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2013-2015: Coaching Assistant, New England Patriots
  • 2007-2012: Linebackers/Special Teams Coach, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2002-2006: Head Coach, Trinity High School (Ohio)
  • 2000-2001: Running Backs/Special Teams Coach, John Carroll University
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: John Carroll University
  • Born: April 4, 1977

“Jerry is an incredible teacher,” said Judge. “He has done a phenomenal job of developing young quarterbacks in this league. He simplifies the game so the quarterback can play fast in terms of understanding our scheme and analyzing the opponent’s defense.”

Running Backs Coach Burton Burns

  • 2020-Present: Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Assistant Athletic Director for Football, University of Alabama
  • 2007-2017: Running Backs Coach, University of Alabama
  • 1999-2006: Running Backs Coach, Clemson University
  • 1994-1998: Assistant Coach, Tulane University
  • 1986-1993: Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Saint Augustine High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1981-1985: Assistant Coach, Southern University
  • 1980: Assistant Coach, Booker T. Washington High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1977-1979: Assistant Coach, Saint Augustine High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Fullback, University of Nebraska (1971-1975)
  • Born: October 27, 1952

“I’ve worked with Burton, so I knew first-hand the impact he has on the players he coaches,” Judge said. “He’s coached a number of great backs, he’s coached on a lot of championship teams, and he knows how to get the most out of his players. He’s tough. That’s one thing you’re going to find out about Burton right away. He’s tough. He’s hard-nosed, he coaches tough, he demands his players to play tough. But he has as deep a care for the players he coaches as anybody out there. They respond to him because they know he’s in a foxhole with them. I’m excited to have Burton here, very excited to have Burton here. I know he’s looking forward to working with the guys on the roster.”

Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert

  • 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/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Florida
  • 1999-2001: Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 1998: Tight Ends Coach, Auburn University
  • 1995-1997: Tight Ends Coach, Northeast Louisiana University
  • 1995: Wide Receivers Coach, Ohio University
  • 1994: Graduate Assistant, Northeast Louisiana University
  • 1994: Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Wide Receiver, Louisiana State University (1988-1990)
  • Born: September 15, 1967

“Tyke’s a guy I knew throughout the league from going against him,” Judge said. “He’s a guy that came recommended by a lot of people that I know very personally. But ultimately, the deciding factor on Tyke is you turn his tape on, and his guys play hard, they play fundamentally sound, he’s been able to develop a number of receivers in different systems, and ultimately, the video tapes are what tells you how a guy is coaching.”

Tight Ends Coach Freddie Kitchens

  • 2020-Present: Tight Ends Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Head Coach, Cleveland Browns
  • 2018: Offensive Coordinator, Cleveland Browns
  • 2018: Associate Head Coach/Running Backs Coach, Cleveland Browns
  • 2017: Running Backs Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2013-2016: Quarterbacks Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2007-2012: Tight Ends Coach, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2006: Tight Ends Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2005: Running Backs Coach, Mississippi State University
  • 2004: Tight Ends Coach, Mississippi State University
  • 2001-2003: Running Backs Coach, University of North Texas
  • 2000: Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University
  • 1999: Running Backs/Tight Ends Coach, Glenville State College
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Quarterback, University of Alabama (1993-1998)
  • Born: November 29, 1974

“I think any position on offense is good for Freddie,” Judge said. “He’s got a lot of experience at different positions. He’s been head coach, he’s been a coordinator, he’s been a position coach. He sees it through a lot of different perspectives. What I love about Freddie is he brings an element of toughness and discipline to his room. He brings outside the box thinking a lot of times to how he approaches the game from a game plan perspective. I think he’ll be an asset to working with our offensive coaches and developing the game plan throughout the week. But ultimately, I’ve worked with Freddie, I’ve played for Freddie, and I’ve called against Freddie, and I understand what his players are about.”

Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Offensive Line Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • Pro Experience: Offensive Tackle, Chicago Bears (2002-2005), Dallas Cowboys (2005-2010), Miami Dolphins (2011)
  • Collegiate Experience: Offensive Tackle, Boston College (1998-2001)
  • Born: October 8, 1978

“Continuity is very important, especially between the offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach, that they can be on the same page starting out,” Judge said. “One of the challenges of a new staff is getting on the same page and working through some of the differences that maybe we’ve had from past experiences but making sure we’re working to one goal. I’d say with Marc, the deciding factor wasn’t his past experience with Jason. The deciding factor was he’s a tremendous coach. His body of work as you turn on the tape and watch how his guys play with technique, execution and toughness is ultimately what the deciding factor was.”

Assistant Offensive Line Coach Ben Wilkerson

  • 2018-Present: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2015-2017: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Chicago Bears
  • 2014: Assistant Football and Track Coach, North Shore Senior High School (Texas)
  • 2012-2013: Offensive Line Coach, Grambling State University
  • 2011: Offensive Administrative Intern, Louisiana State University
  • 2010: Offensive Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University
  • Pro Experience: Offensive Lineman, Cincinnati Bengals (2005-2006), Atlanta Falcons (2007-2008), Florida Tuckers (2009)
  • Collegiate Experience: Offensive Lineman, Louisiana State University (2001-2004)
  • Born: November 22, 1982

Senior Offensive Assistant Derek Dooley

  • 2020-Present: Senior Offensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, University of Missouri
  • 2013-2017: Wide Receivers Coach, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2010-2012: Head Coach, University of Tennessee
  • 2007-2009: Head Coach, Louisiana Tech University
  • 2005-2006: Tight Ends Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 2004: Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Louisiana State University
  • 2003: Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Louisiana State University
  • 2000-2002: Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Louisiana State University
  • 1997-1999: Wide Receivers Coach/Co-Recruiting Coordinator, Southern Methodist University
  • 1996: Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Wide Receiver, University of Virginia (1987-1990)
  • Born: June 10, 1968

Offensive Assistant Stephen Brown

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2016-2019: Offensive Assistant, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2013-2014: Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant, Buffalo Bills
  • 2009-2012: Quality Control Coach/Director of Recruiting, Syracuse University
  • 2006-2008: Student Assistant, University of Tennessee
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: None
  • Born: May 3, 1987

Offensive Quality Control Coach Bobby Blick

  • 2020-Present: Offensive Quality Control Coach, New York Giants
  • 2017-2019: Defensive Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2016: Director of Player Personnel, Army
  • 2015: Special Teams Coordinator/Director of Recruiting, Samford University
  • 2014: Tight Ends/Slot Receivers Coach, Samford University
  • 2014: Special Teams Quality Control Coach, Georgia Tech
  • 2011-2013: Tight Ends/Running Backs Coach, Elon University
  • 2008-2010: Offensive Graduate Assistant, North Carolina State University
  • 2004-2007: Undergraduate Assistant, North Carolina State University
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: None
  • Born: September 8, 1984

Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer

  • 2020-Present: Defensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2018-2019: Associate Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Penn State University
  • 2014-2017: Defensive Line Coach, Penn State University
  • 2011-2013: Defensive Line Coach, Vanderbilt University
  • 2009-2010: Defensive Line Coach, Bowling Green State University
  • 2007-2008: Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, University of Massachusetts
  • 2006: Defensive Line Coach, Hofstra University
  • 2005: Linebackers Coach, Villanova University
  • 2004: Defensive Line Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • 2001-2003: Defensive Line Coach, University of Massachusetts
  • 2000: Defensive Line Coach, Trinity College
  • 1998-1999: Running Backs Coach, Trinity College
  • 1996-1997: Running Backs Coach, Shippensburg University
  • 1995: Running Backs/Tight Ends Coach, Wesleyan University
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Safety, Clarion University
  • Born: December 15, 1970

“I’ve known Sean through the business,” Judge said. “The most impressive thing about Sean is the players he’s developed through his time at both Vanderbilt and Penn State, among other stops in his career. Sean has a great energy about him, he has great command within a room, his players respond to him, they play hard and they play fundamentally sound.”

Outside Linebacker Coach/Senior Assistant Bret Bielema

  • 2020-Present: Outside Linebacker Coach/Senior Assistant, New York Giants
  • 2019: Defensive Line Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2018: Consultant to the Head Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2013-2017: Head Coach, University of Arkansas
  • 2006-2012: Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
  • 2004-2005: Defensive Coordinator, University of Wisconsin
  • 1996-2001: Linebackers Coach, University of Iowa
  • 1994-1995: Graduate Assistant, University of Iowa
  • 2002-2003: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State University
  • Pro Experience: Milwaukee Mustangs (1994)
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Lineman, University of Iowa (1989-1992)
  • Born: January 13, 1970

“There’s a lot of things (to like) about Bret,” Judge said. “I think Bret brings a great personality to the group, brings a great perspective on how he sees the game, he’s coached the front for some time, he’s coordinated defenses at a high level. Players respond to Bret in a positive way. He has a great way of teaching, he has a great way of getting the guys motivated, and he gets the most out of his players. He brings experience from the NFL, as well as college, so not only does he understand what’s going on in the league now, he understands what the players coming from college are used to and how to better translate the trends they’re going to see.”

Inside Linebackers Coach Kevin Sherrer

  • 2020-Present: Inside Linebackers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2019: Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, University of Tennessee
  • 2018: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach, University of Tennessee
  • 2014-2017: Outside Linebackers Coach, University of Georgia
  • 2013: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, University of South Alabama
  • 2010-2012: Director of Player Development, University of Alabama
  • 2007-2009: Defensive Coordinator, Hoover High School (Alabama)
  • 2005-2006: Defensive Assistant, Hoover High School (Alabama)
  • 2001-2004: Defensive Backs Coach, Spain Park High School (Alabama)
  • 1998-2000: Graduate Assistant, University of Alabama
  • 1996-1997: Assistant, Tuscaloosa County High School (Alabama)
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Tight End, University of Alabama (1993-1995)
  • Born: March 19, 1973

“Kevin is just an old ball coach,” Judge said. “When I met Kevin, he was coaching at Hoover High School in Alabama. The next year, he was on the staff with us at Alabama. I’ve watched him progress through his career as defensive coordinator at South Alabama, his time in Georgia, his time in Tennessee. I think Kevin is a phenomenal football coach, and he coaches from the ground up with fundamentals, his players play sound and they play hard.”

    Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson

    • 2020-Present: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
    • 2016-2019: Defensive Passing Game Coordinator, Atlanta Falcons
    • 2012-2015: Defensive Backs Coach, Dallas Cowboys
    • 2009-2011: Defensive Backs Coach, Cleveland Browns
    • 2008: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Jets
    • 2007: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach/Director of Player Development, New York Jets
    • 2006: Director of Player Development, New York Jets
    • Pro Experience: Cornerback, New England Patriots (1991-1993), Buffalo Bills (1993-1994), Philadelphia Eagles (1995), New England Patriots (1996), New York Jets (1997-1998)
    • Collegiate Experience: Cornerback, Clemson University (1987-1990)
    • Born: August 8, 1969

    “Jerome has a great resume, he’s coached a lot of good players in a lot of good schemes,” Judge said. “I think the more you check around with Jerome, I talked to guys that he coached, the way they responded to him and the way they respected him in the room definitely said a lot about him as a coach.”

    Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Anthony Blevins

    • 2020-Present: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
    • 2018-2019: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
    • 2013-2017: Coaching Assistant/Special Teams, Arizona Cardinals
    • 2012: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • 2011: Special Teams Coach/Cornerbacks Coach, Tennessee State University
    • 2009-2010: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Tennessee State University
    • 2008: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Tennessee-Martin
    • 2005-2007: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
    • 2003-2004: Defensive Backs/Running Backs Coach, Meadow Creek High School (Georgia)
    • Pro Experience: Defensive Back, Mobile Admirals (1999), Birmingham Steeldogs (2000), Birmingham Thunderbolts (2001)
    • Collegiate Experience: Cornerback, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1994-1998)
    • Born: July 23, 1976

    “I’ve known Blev for some time now, and he’s coached on all three sides of the ball,” Judge said. “He brings great experience that he can contribute to a lot of different parts of developing players. One thing you learn working with the special teams is you’re learning how to develop techniques of a total player. He could easily have gone over to the offense and worked with a skilled position. He could have stayed on special teams and have been an asset. We thought right now, the best fit for Blev was to help with our defense and bring some experience he brought from the other sides of the ball and work with Jerome.”

    Defensive Assistant Jody Wright

    • 2020-Present: Defensive Assistant, New York Giants
    • 2019: Offensive Assistant, Cleveland Browns
    • 2018: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • 2015-2017: Director of Player Personnel, University of Alabama
    • 2014: Running Backs Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • 2013: Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Jacksonville State University
    • 2010-2012: Graduate Assistant/Offensive Analyst, University of Alabama
    • 2009: Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations, Mississippi State University
    • 2006-2008: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
    • 2005: Volunteer Coach, Mississippi State University
    • 2002-2004: Student Assistant Coach, Jacksonville State University
    • Pro Experience: None
    • Collegiate Experience: None
    • Born: July 21, 1981

      Defensive Quality Control Coach Mike Treier

      • 2020-Present: Defensive Quality Control Coach, New York Giants
      • 2019: Safeties Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Marshall University
      • 2018: Defensive Backs Coach, Marshall University
      • 2017: Defensive Analyst, Marshall University
      • 2016: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach, University of Tennessee at Martin
      • 2014-2015: Graduate Assistant, Marshall University
      • Pro Experience: None
      • Collegiate Experience: None
      • Born: May 9, 1990

      Assistant Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn

      • 2018-Present: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
      • 2007-2017: Special Teams Coordinator, New York Giants
      • 2006: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
      • 2004-2005: Special Teams/Outside Linebackers Coach, Stanford University
      • 2002-2003: Special Teams/Tight Ends Coach, Stanford University
      • 1999-2001: Special Teams/Linebackers/Tight Ends Coach, San Jose State University
      • 1996-1998: Defensive Coordinator, College of the Holy Cross
      • 1995: Defensive Coordinator, Boston University
      • 1992-1994: Special Teams Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, James Madison University
      • 1991: Linebackers Coach, Davidson College
      • Pro Experience: None
      • Collegiate Experience: Linebacker, University of Arizona (1986-1990)
      • Born: January 27, 1968

      “The experience is important, but the success is more important,” Judge said. “(McGaughey and Quinn have) been doing it at a high success rate for a long time. The fact that they had a relationship working together already, I had a relationship with both guys from going against them and have known them within the profession for some time now. T-Mac and Tom do a tremendous job. I love the way they relate to the players, I love the way they coach their guys. You know when you go against their units that they’re going to be sound and they’re going to play hard, and that’s critical. I have a lot of respect for both of them.”

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      REPORT – GIANTS HIRE JEROME HENDERSON AS DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH…
      ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have hired former Atlanta Falcons Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Jerome Henderson as the team’s new defensive backs coach.

      • 2016-2019: Defensive Passing Game Coordinator, Atlanta Falcons
      • 2012-2015: Defensive Backs Coach, Dallas Cowboys
      • 2009-2011: Defensive Backs Coach, Cleveland Browns
      • 2008: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Jets
      • 2007: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach/Director of Player Development, New York Jets
      • 2006: Director of Player Development, New York Jets
      • Pro Experience: Cornerback, New England Patriots (1991-1993), Buffalo Bills (1993-1994), Philadelphia Eagles (1995), New England Patriots (1996), New York Jets (1997-1998)
      • Collegiate Experience: Cornerback, Clemson University (1987-1990)
      • Born: August 8, 1969

      REPORT – GIANTS HIRE BRET BIELEMA IN UNSPECIFIED CAPACITY…
      The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have hired New England Patriots Defensive Line Coach Bret Bielema in a publicly unspecified role.

      • 2019: Defensive Line Coach, New England Patriots
      • 2018: Consultant to the Head Coach, New England Patriots
      • 2013-2017: Head Coach, University of Arkansas
      • 2006-2012: Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
      • 2004-2005: Defensive Coordinator, University of Wisconsin
      • 1996-2001: Linebackers Coach, University of Iowa
      • 1994-1995: Graduate Assistant, University of Iowa
      • 2002-2003: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State University
      • Pro Experience: Milwaukee Mustangs (1994)
      • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Lineman, University of Iowa (1989-1992)
      • Born: January 13, 1970

      REPORT – GIANTS WILL RETAIN ANTHONY BLEVINS…
      ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants will retain Assistant Special Teams Coach Anthony Blevins in a publicly unspecified role.

      • 2018-Present: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
      • 2013-2017: Coaching Assistant/Special Teams, Arizona Cardinals
      • 2012: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
      • 2011: Special Teams Coach/Cornerbacks Coach, Tennessee State University
      • 2009-2010: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Tennessee State University
      • 2008: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Tennessee-Martin
      • 2005-2007: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
      • 2003-2004: Defensive Backs/Running Backs Coach, Meadow Creek High School (Georgia)
      • Pro Experience: Defensive Back, Mobile Admirals (1999), Birmingham Steeldogs (2000), Birmingham Thunderbolts (2001)
      • Collegiate Experience: Cornerback, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1994-1998)
      • Born: July 23, 1976

      REPORTS – GIANTS TO INTERVIEW DAVE DeGUGLIELMO AND MARC COLOMBO…
      According to media reports, the New York Giants will interview Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo and Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo this week for the team’s vacant offensive line coaching position.

      The 51-year old DeGuglielmo has served as offensive line coach for the Dolphins (2019, 2009-2011), offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2018), senior offensive assistant for the Dolphins (2017), assistant offensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers (2016), offensive line coach for the New England Patriots (2014-2015), offensive line coach for the New York Jets (2012), assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants (2004-2008), as well as a series of college jobs coaching the offensive line for the University of South Carolina, University of Connecticut, and Boston University.

      The 41-year old Colombo has served as offensive line coach for the Cowboys (2018-2019) and assistant offensive line coach for the Cowboys (2016-2018).

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      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.

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      REPORTS – GIANTS HIRE JASON GARRETT AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
      Multiple media outlets are reporting that the New York Giants have hired former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett as the team’s new offensive coordinator. The Cowboys decided not to renew Garrett’s contract when it expired on Tuesday. Ironically, the Giants had expressed interest in interviewing Garrett for their head-coaching vacancy before hiring Joe Judge.

      The 53-year old Garrett served as Dallas’ head coach since 2011, accruing an 85–67 (.559) regular-season record and a 2-3 (.400) post-season record. 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).

      Garrett also was a well-traveled, journeyman back-up quarterback who spent time with five NFL teams, including the New York Giants (2000-2003).

      REPORT – GIANTS HIRE BURTON BURNS AS RUNNING BACKS COACH…
      SiriusXM is reporting that the New York Giants have hired University of Alabama Assistant Athletic Director for Football Burton Burns as the team’s new running back coach. The 67-year old Burns served as running backs coach with Alabama (2007-2017) and Clemson University (1999-2006). Before that he was an assistant coach with Tulane University (1994-1998) and Southern University (1981-1985).

      REPORT – GIANTS TO INTERVIEW SCOTT LINEHAN…
      ESPN is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge is interested in interviewing Scott Linehan, who last served as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys from 2015 to 2018 and passing game coordinator in 2014. It is not known for which position Linehan will interview. Linehan served under new Giants’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in Dallas.

      The 56-year old Linehan also was offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions (2009- 2013), head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-2008), offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins (2005), and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach of the Minnesota Vikings (2002-2004). Before that, he served in a number of offensive positions with the University of Louisville, University of Washington, University of Idaho, and the University of Nevada Las Vega.

      REPORT – GIANTS DENIED REQUEST TO INTERVIEW BRIAN DABOLL …
      SNY is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll, but the Bills denied that request.

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      REPORT – GIANTS INTERVIEWING JASON GARRETT FOR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
      The NFL Network is reporting that new New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge is interviewing former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position. The Cowboys decided not to renew Garrett’s contract when it expired on Tuesday. Ironically, the Giants had expressed interest in interviewing Garrett for their head-coaching vacancy before hiring Judge.

      The 53-year old Garrett served as Dallas’ head coach since 2011, accruing a 85–67 (.559) regular-season record and a 2-3 (.400) post-season record. 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).

      Garrett also was a well-traveled, journeyman back-up quarterback who spent time with five NFL teams, including the New York Giants (2000-2003).

      REPORT – JOE JUDGE INTERVIEWED MIKE SHULA FOR OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
      ESPN is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge interviewed Mike Shula for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position on Monday. Shula served in the same capacity for the Giants under recently-fired Head Coach Pat Shurmur in 2018-2019. However, Shula did not call the plays under Shurmur, who handled those responsibilities himself.

      The 54-year old Shula has also been offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (2013-2017), quarterbacks coach for the Panthers (2011-2012), quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-2010), head coach at the University of Alabama (2003-2006), quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins (2000-2002), offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-1999), tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears (1993-1995), coaches assistant for the Dolphins (1991-1992), quarterbacks coach for the Buccaneers (1990), and offensive assistant for the Buccaneers ( 1988-1989).

      REPORTS – PATRICK GRAHAM ALSO DESIGNATED ASSISTANT HEAD COACH…
      Multiple sources are reporting that Patrick Graham will not only be the team’s new defensive coordinator, but will also be given the title of assistant head coach. The 40-year old Graham served with new Head Coach Joe Judge on the New England Patriots staff from 2012 to 2015 until he joined former Head Coach Ben McAdoo’s staff with the Giants in 2016-2017. Graham’s first year as a defensive coordinator was 2019, when the undermanned Miami defense finished 30th in the NFL in yards allowed and 32nd in points allowed.

      Before becoming Miami’s defensive coordinator, 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).

      REPORTS – NEW YORK GIANTS ASSISTANT COACHES NOT BEING RETAINED…
      According to various reports, the following New York Giants assistant coaches who served under former Head Coach Pat Shurmur will not be retained:

      • Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel
      • Inside Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern
      • Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Dawson
      • Defensive Backs Coach Everett Withers
      • Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Henry Baker
      • Offensive Assistant Ryan Roeder

      In addition, Tight Ends Coach Lunda Wells has also accepted the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.

      DEXTER LAWRENCE NAMED TO PFW ALL-ROOKIE TEAM…
      The Professional Football Writers of America (PFW) have named defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence to their 2019 All-Rookie Team. Lawrence started all 16 games, playing 63 percent of all defensive snaps, and accruing 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defense, and 1 forced fumble. The Giants drafted Lawrence in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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      Joe Judge and Bill Belichick, New England Patriots (February 4, 2018)

      Joe Judge with Bill Belichick – © USA TODAY Sports

      NEW YORK GIANTS HIRE JOE JUDGE AS NEW HEAD COACH…
      Although not official, in a shocking move, the New York Giants have hired New England Patriots Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach Joe Judge as the team’s new head coach, the 19th in team history. Judge was interviewed by the Giants on Monday and ended up being the fifth and last head-coaching candidate with whom the team met. The NFL Network is reporting that Judge was also offered the head-coaching job at Mississippi State University, but chose the Giants instead.

      The 38-year old Judge has held mainly special teams titles with the Patriots since 2012, including special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach (2019), special teams coordinator (2015-2018), and special teams assistant (2012-2014). He has also served as University of Alabama special teams assistant (2009-2011) and Birmingham-Southern College linebackers coach (2008).

      ESPN is reporting that the Giants have requested permission from the Dallas Cowboys to interview Jason Garrett as the team’s new offensive coordinator.

      Earlier in the morning, it was announced Baylor University Head Coach Matt Rhule, who was widely regarded as the Giants’ #1 choice, had been hired by the Carolina Panthers as their new head coach. Rhule had been scheduled to meet with the Giants on Tuesday. The NFL Network is reporting that Rhule called the Giants and gave them an opportunity to match his 7-year, $62+ million contract with the Panthers, but the Giants declined. In addition, the Giants had been expected to interview New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Josh McDaniels on Wednesday.

      The Giants ended up interviewing four other head-coaching candidates: Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach/Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard last Thursday, former Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy last Friday, and Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale last Saturday. McCarthy was hired as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

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      Q&A: Quarterback Jason Garrett

      Interview Conducted by BigBlueInteractive.com Reporter WalterB

      QB Jason Garrett has been rumored to be one of the type of talents who could be our next offensive coordinator, if not someone else coordinator. Jason has been generous with his time to BBI and has agreed to take questions in the coming weeks. I decided to start by asking Jason a number of questions about league defenses, along with a few other questions of course. I hope to follow up with more BBIers inspired questions in the coming three weeks.

      BBI: Do see any particular pattern with defenses in the NFL? And are there defenses where you can obviously identify specific patterns of play?

      Jason Garrett: The past few years the general trend has been teams playing the Tampa two type defense. What that means they have taken on some of the ideas that (Defensive Coordinator Monte) Kiffin and the guys down in Tampa have used for a number of years. It’s a very sound defense where they do not play too many coverages. But what they do is let their really good players get into a scheme that is fairly simple, and then they play it really well. You also see some other teams adopt it as well, Smith went to St. Louis and they are playing the same scheme, and you see this defense sprinkled throughout the league.

      BBI: In terms of linebacker play what do you see that is different? Are the linebackers purposely lighter and dropping faster in defenses like this? Are the defenses relying on them for better pass coverage?

      Jason Garrett: It is hard to make a general comment on that. It seem like in that Tampa style of defense they like to have those fast linebackers who can really run well and get to the football. And that is important when you play that style of defense. You are really counting on guys to get to your quarterback, you are counting on the linebackers to cover a lot of ground. Yet, I think the hardest thing for a quarterbacks with any defense, and even since the beginning of football, is a good pass rush. The best pass coverage is a good pass rush. When defensive linemen are getting to the quarterback, and the quarterback has to get rid of the ball, and when the quarterback is more uncomfortable than he wants to be, or has to throw quicker than he wants to, that is what makes the pass defense really, really good.

      BBI: Are linebackers then mostly playing zone and are the coverages then mostly zone?

      Jason Garrett: I think teams will play both. Teams play both man and zone and that is the way it has been for a while. I don’t really think there is an overwhelming trend one way or another. There is that Tampa style defense where they will play some zone and rally to the ball. Yet, to make a huge generalization about all the teams I think is difficult. For example, there are teams still playing a lot of the zone blitz stuff – Don Capers brought that down in New Orleans. Pittsburgh, Carolina, Jacksonville have it, and it is in Houston. It’s a style of defense where your rushing linebackers and your dropping defensive linemen, and that is still something that is fairly prevalent in the league.

      BBI: In down and distance situations like second and five, second and three, first and long, are there any defensive patterns that you can see in league or that you can identify? Or are defensive calls really being mixed up to the point where they are harder to predict from week to week?

      Jason Garrett: Again I think goes back to the teams that you are playing. One of the things we do each week is we try to get into some down and distance tendencies of that particular defense that we are playing. Typically when it is third and short teams are not going to sit in a zone coverage, they are going to come up and contest you, and maybe bring pressure. But different defenses coordinators have different philosophies about that kind of stuff. Whenever you are in longer passing situations in the Tampa style of defense or the St. Louis style of defense they are going to play some more zone and get after the ball. They are going to force you to catch it and get first downs. They are not going to give you big throws down the field. And that is a philosophy that is prevalent in a lot of defenses as well.

      BBI: The Giants have been running a two tight end offense more so now than before. What are the advantages from a quarterbacks point of view of having two fast tight ends who are quick and can run? How does that change things when attacking a defense?

      Jason Garrett: I think more than anything else it is what you are showing a defense. And when you can show them different personnel looks, and when you can show them different formations, typically it can create situations for you. For example, we have a second tight end who can be a fullback and we have a second tight end who can flank out and be a receiver. When you have those kinds of options and personnel on your team you are just creating more problems for the defense. It just so hard for them to recognize what you are going to do. When you have those kind of athletes and when you have the kinds of schemes where you can put those athletes in the right positions, they can present problems for the defense especially in terms of the defenses ability to recognize and execute against you.

      BBI: Do you see similar tight end sets developing around the league?

      Jason Garrett: I think that goes back to the personnel issue. I think the two tight end sets have been around for a while. If a team has a great fullback, and they want that guy on the field every snap of the game, you are not going to see too much of a two tight end offense. When I played in Dallas we had a real good fullback, Daryl Johnston, so it was rare for him to come off the field. But every team does not have that luxury. You want to use the personnel that you have to the best of their ability.

      BBI: When you bring a tight end in motion, what does that specifically do to a defense? For example, last year when Shockey was playing a moving tight end – what does that do to pressure a defense.

      Jason Garrett: I think it goes back to the point we talked about: when we are using different personnel and using different formations it is hard for the defense to recognize where guys are and what the best coverage to play in is. Shockey for example can lineup at regular tight end then he can line up at split end, and then you can put him in different spots and create good match ups. What results is that defenses end up playing simple coverages, because they do not want to get caught trying to do something aggressively, and not account for players in certain areas of the field where it may be hard to recognize where they are. This could result in a blown coverage. And I think some defenses will have some general checks that will get them into a simpler safe coverage. That obviously works to your advantage as an offense.

      BBI: What is the difference between an offense that you ran in Dallas and the one you have up here in New York in terms of scheme?

      Jason Garrett: I think in general teams run a lot of the same kinds of plays. When you put them up on a board you can recognize them from around the league and be able to compare concepts. Basically you try to fit to the personals strengths and minimize some of the players particular weaknesses.

      BBI: How much of the pass play calling is based on match up play calling?

      Jason Garrett: I think it is all part of it. A lot of the plays that we have are progression reads meaning: you want the fullback first, if he is there take him, if not take the tight end, if not go to the third or one of the wide receivers. On other plays you can look for the match ups – do we like this best, and lets work this guy against this guy – especially if he has single coverage we may just take that shot. In an offense you usually have a mix of both of those concepts.

      BBI: Why is it so tough for a young quarterback to come into the NFL now and be successful right away?

      Jason Garrett: Well I think if you go back and look at history very few young quarterbacks have ever come in and played well. It is hard. It is really hard to do. You can be at the most advanced college program but the jump to the NFL particularly at the quarterback position is difficult. There are a lot of things you need to know. First of all you have to acclimate yourself to the speed of the game. But on top of that is all the mental stuff that you really did not have to do that much of in college. In terms of an expanded offense, there are more things that a defense is doing to you. There are more blitzes, more coverages and those sorts of things. The only guy that I can think of who made a smooth transition is Dan Marino- and that was 20 years ago. The advantage he has was that in his rookie year he was on a team that went to the Super Bowl the year before. There were a lot of guys who turned out to be great quarterbacks who struggled early in their careers because the jump is so difficult.

      BBI: Troy Aikman “may have” once said that there were six NFL offensive coordinators that really made a difference in the NFL. Do you remember him saying anything like this, and if so do you agree?

      Jason Garrett: I think what he may have meant there is that some guys get more attention than other guys, and there are guys that have been around longer. Guys like Bill Walsh years ago in San Francisco is a coach everyone pointed to. And when a team’s season was over they would look at what San Francisco was doing. The teams that do well typically get recognized for what they are doing on offense or defense, or even in the kicking game. One of the things that I found out about this league is that coaching staffs study the rest of the league. They look at what has been successful. Indianapolis is a great play action passing team, so we may look at what Indianapolis does to see if we can get anything out of that. We may also look at teams that are great high percentage passing teams – to see if we can get anything out of that. We may say we have that, we don’t have that, lets add this. So I think what he may have been talking about is that there are a handful of guys at the end of the year who have distinguished themselves. It might be different guys from year to year.