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Raheem Morris, Washington Redskins (October 12, 2014)

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The local NBC affiliate in Washington, DC is reporting that the New York Giants are no longer interested in Raheem Morris as potentially the team’s next defensive coordinator. Morris, who has been the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins for the last three seasons, interviewed with the Giants on Friday.

Meanwhile, Pepper Johnson interviewed with the Giants for the same position on Monday. Johnson was the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

The Giants are also believed to be interested in Steve Spagnuolo, who was an assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 and who served as the Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007-2008. While NJ.com is reporting that the Giants have not yet officially asked the Ravens permission to interview Spagnuolo, Newsday is saying the Giants have in fact already done so. Newsday, The New York Post, and ESPN are reporting that the Giants are expected to interview Spagnuolo this week.

The New York Post is also reporting that a previous ESPN report that the Giants might consider their current Safeties Coach David Merritt for the defensive coordinator position is not true. Merritt has been on the Giants’ staff since 2004.

Article on New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Candidates: Odds for Giants next defensive coordinator: Steve Spagnuolo the heavy favorite by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Jan 102015
 
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Pepper Johnson, New England Patriots (November 27, 2011)

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Pepper Johnson Will Interview for Giants Defensive Coordinator Position Next Week: According to multiple press reports, Thomas “Pepper” Johnson will interview for the vacant New York Giants defensive coordinator position sometime next week. The 50-year old Johnson is currently the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills. He was a linebacker for the Giants from 1986-1992, earning two Super Bowl rings under then Head Coach Bill Parcells and then Defensive Coordinator Bill Belichick. For 14 seasons, Johnson was on Belichick’s coaching staff in New England.

Johnson’s complete coaching bio:

  • 2014: Defensive Line Coach, Buffalo Bills
  • 2012-2013: Linebackers Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2004-2011: Defensive Line Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2001-2003: Inside Linebackers Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2000: Assistant Linebackers Coach, New England Patriots

Since Johnson is still under contract with the Bills, the Giants had to request permission to speak with him. According to press reports, the Bills have done so.

The Giants have already interviewed Washington Redskins Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris for the position on Friday. For more information on Morris, see One Barber is a big fan of Giants D-coordinator candidate Morris by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post.

RB Rashad Jennings on WFAN Radio: The audio of New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings interview on WFAN Radio on Friday is available at CBS New York.

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Article on Former Giants Safety Will Hill: Giants ‘party‘ casualty Will Hill: I would’ve cut me, too by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Possible New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Candidate Steve Spagnuolo: Former NY Giants give Steve Spagnuolo endorsement on potential return to Big Blue by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Notes: The Giants finished 10th in the NFL in total offense with an average of 367.2 yards a game.

The Giants scored at least 24 points in each of their final six games, their longest such streak in 51 years. They scored 24 or more points in eight consecutive in 1963.

In 2014, the Giants outscored their opponents by 41 points in the first half (211-170) but were outscored by 61 points in the second half (230-169).

The Giants were 1-8 when they rushed for less than 100 yards.

QB Eli Manning completed a career-high 379 passes in 2014 and is one of five quarterbacks with at least 300 completions in each of the last six seasons. The others are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, and Philip Rivers.

Manning completed a career-high and franchise-record 63.1 percent of his passes this season (379 of 601).

Manning has completed 3,308 passes in his career, moving him into 13th place in NFL history.

PK Josh Brown now owns the Giants records for both single season and career field goal percentage. In 2014, Brown hit 24-of-26 attempts (one of the misses was a block). In his two seasons with the Giants, Brown has succeeded on 47-of-52 field goal attempts, a 90.4 percentage.

In the Giants’ last four games, WR Odell Beckham totaled 130, 143, 148 and 185 yards to become the first player in franchise history with four consecutive 100-yard games.

The Giants had at least one sack in all 16 games for the first time since 2007.

Jan 082015
 
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Raheem Morris, Washington Redskins (September 29, 2013)

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According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants will interview Washington Redskins Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris for the team’s vacant defensive coordinator position on Friday. The Redskins granted the Giants permission to interview Morris on Thursday.

The 38-year old Morris has been the Redskins’ defensive backs coach since 2012. Before that, from 2009-11, he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Morris’ complete coaching bio:

  • 1998: Graduate Assistant, Hofstra University
  • 1999: Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams Assistant, Cornell University
  • 2000–2001: Defensive Backs Coach, Hofstra University
  • 2002: Defensive Quality Control Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2003: Defensive Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2004–2005: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2006: Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State University
  • 2007–2008: Defensive Backs Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2009–2011: Head Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2012–2014: Defensive Backs Coach, Washington Redskins

Giants.com Q&A with DE Robert Ayers: Know Your Giants: DE Robert Ayers Jr. by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Jan 082015
 
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Raheem Morris, Washington Redskins (October 12, 2014)

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According to ESPN, the New York Giants have requested permission from the Washington Redskins to interview Raheem Morris for the team’s now vacant defensive coordinator position. The Giants fired Perry Fewell on Wednesday.

The 38-year old Morris has been the Redskins’ defensive backs coach since 2012. Before that, from 2009-11, he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2007-08, Morris was the defensive backs coach for the Buccaneers. His complete coaching bio:

  • 1998: Graduate Assistant, Hofstra University
  • 1999: Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams Assistant, Cornell University
  • 2000–2001: Defensive Backs Coach, Hofstra University
  • 2002: Defensive Quality Control Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2003: Defensive Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2004–2005: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2006: Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State University
  • 2007–2008: Defensive Backs Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2009–2011: Head Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2012–2014: Defensive Backs Coach, Washington Redskins

Although the Giants have requested permission to interview Morris, the Redskins are entitled to turn down the request. The Redskins fired their defensive coordinator Jim Haslett at the end of December.