Coughlin putting Giants’ best interests, future ahead of allegiances

We knew the Giants were faced with some tough personnel choices this offseason. After longtime OC Kevin Gilbride was replaced by Packers’ QB coach Ben McAdoo yesterday, the Giants let two more long-timers go.

TE coach Mike Pope and RB coach Jerald Ingram were both dismissed by Tom Coughlin this morning, in what some are calling surprising moves. They shouldn’t be. Tom is planning on coaching for the foreseeable future and he needs some 21st century influences around him.

Coughlin expressed his desire to stay on as head coach and the Giants granted him that, but with a caveat that he change up the offense. So far, he’s just not shaking things up, he’s blowing them up.

McAdoo’s attack-style offense will need like-minded thinkers all around. Pope and Ingram apparently did not fit. Still here are Pat Flaherty (OL), Lunda Wells (Asst. OL), Sean Ryan (QBs), Kevin M. Gilbride (WRs) and Ryan Roeder (Asst.).  No word on any other moves….yet.

Giants Announce Coaching Staff Changes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – One day after adding Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator, the Giants continued restructuring their coaching staff with the departures of longtime assistants Michael Pope and Jerald Ingram.

Pope has been the Giants’ tight ends coach since 2000, while Ingram has mentored the running backs since Tom Coughlin’s arrival in 2004.

“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” Coughlin said. “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.”

Pope recently completed his 31st consecutive season as an NFL assistant coach and his 14th season in his second tour of duty with the Giants. In his two stints with the Giants (1983-91 and 2000-13), Pope coached for 23 years, longer than any assistant in franchise history. He is the only coach to participate in each of the Giants’ five Super Bowls and the only Giants coach to have his name inscribed on the team’s four Lombardi trophies. He also coached in the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 1996.

The list of standout tight ends who learned their craft under Pope includes Mark Bavaro, Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Martellus Bennett.

“Mike and I coached together on the Giants staff back in the 1980s,” Coughlin said. “When I returned as the head coach, I didn’t intend to keep anyone from the previous staff. I visited with Mike and made a decision that I wanted him as a part of our new staff going forward, and it was certainly the right decision.

“He has coached many, many outstanding players in the years that we’ve been here, guys that have made great contributions to our success. Mike has four Super Bowl rings from all four championships the New York Giants have won in the modern era.”

Ingram has worked with Coughlin for more than 20 years, first at Boston College (1991-93), then with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1994-2002) and the Giants (2004-13). Ingram helped develop recent standout backs Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown.

“He’s an outstanding football coach,” Coughlin said. “He has done a very good job here. I think the record speaks for itself in terms of the guys that have played for him and are very loyal to him. He’s a man of principle and has been a very loyal assistant for a lot of years.

“Jerald demonstrated again last season what a good teacher he is when we had injures at the running back position and we signed Peyton Hillis. In one week’s time, Peyton started in the third-down nickel package, which, in our system, is a complex job.”


Is there a better TE coach around than Mike Pope? 

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I agree with John on this. Coughlin is still a hell of a head coach. He should be the guy organizing and delegating as well as disciplining. But he needs to allow the new gen guys put the X's and O's together. I'm loving this right now. Very excited to see this offense next year. Especially when they add Sammy Watkins...oops I plugged @sammywatkins7 again. Just cNt help myself.


@Peter Sinapi Why do you support the Giants' continued neglect of the LB and OL positions in the first round of the draft?