Apparently the New York Giants offense is getting a facelift. Yesterday, the Giants replaced long-time offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride with former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. Today, the Giants announced that they will not bring back tight ends coach Mike Pope nor running backs coach Jerald Ingram.
Here is an excerpt of a statement made by head coach Tom Coughlin, as reported in an article by ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano:
“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” head coach Tom Coughlin said in a statement. “I decided to make a change in our staff that I believe will be productive going forward. These are very difficult decisions, but I felt they were in the best interests of the Giants moving forward.”
The release of Mike Pope comes as a bit of a shock, as Pope had been on the Giants’ staff for a total of 23 years. He’s been a part of all four of New York’s Super Bowl victories, and spending time on the staffs of Bill Parcells, Jim Fassel and Coughlin.
Ingram was a coach who seemed to be attached to Coughlin at the hip. He spent 22 years as an assistant under Coughlin, which included Coughlin’s entire time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and, of course, the Giants.
The New York front office was clearly fed up with the offense this season. Major changes have already been made and it will be very interesting to see what direction it takes the Giants in. It’s also still early, so New York has a lot more time to make changes along their coaching staff and also, their roster.