The New York Giants are already making more changes to the offensive side of the ball after hiring former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. The New York Daily News reported yesterday the Giants have fired tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram.
Pope had served as an assistant coach for the Giants on all four Super Bowl winning teams, and he was also an assistant when the Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Ingram joined the Giants when head coach Tom Coughlin became the head coach in 2004 and was with Coughlin when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as Boston College.
The article stated it was Coughlin’s decision to let them go, but Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese probably talked about these moves during McAdoo’s interview process. Co-owner John Mara called the offense “broken” immediately after the season, so these changes to the offensive side of the ball should come as no surprise.
It’ll be interesting to see how Coughlin and McAdoo fill the holes created by the firings. The Giants were hoping Pope would retire on his own as he is 71-years-old and had been with the Giants in two stints since 1983. However, it is believed Pope still wants to coach, so he’ll probably pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride decided to retire, creating that vacancy. However, after the firing of Pope and Ingram, one must wonder if Gilbride retired amid pressure from Mara or Coughlin.