New York Giants Hire Craig Johnson as Running Backs Coach
Yesterday, the New York Giants hired their second former quarterbacks coach this offseason. First, the Giants hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator. Now, the team has announced that Craig Johnson will replace Jerald Ingram as the team’s new running backs coach.
Johnson spent the last three seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to the Vikings, Johnson was on the staff of the Tennessee Titans for ten years. He spent the majority of his time there as the team’s quarterbacks coach, but also worked as an offensive assistant and running backs coach.
Ingram had been New York’s running backs coach since 2004. He also coached under Tom Coughlin during Coughlin’s entire coaching tenure with Jacksonville, which lasted from 1995-2002. Coughlin then brought Ingram over to the Giants with him when he was hired in 2004.
As of right now, New York’s running back situation looks a bit murky. David Wilson didn’t provide the Giants much comfort in his sophomore campaign and Andre Brown is a free agent. Wilson played in just five games this year before suffering a major neck injury. He already had the surgery but it’s not clear how effective he will be once he steps back on the gridiron.
Wilson could be moved back to special teams and play a more limited role in the backfield next season. In that case, the Giants need to find a feature back. Brown played very well after returning from a fractured leg but was quiet down the stretch. He is also prone to injuries, so it will be hard for New York to give Brown a major deal. Either way, there is clearly work to be done.