Longtime Giants coach Mike Pope will join the Cowboys staff (Garafolo).
Pope was the Giants tight ends coach before the offensive shakeup with the addition of OC Ben McAdoo.
Pope was a coach with the Giants when Jason Garrett was on the team.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterJason Garrett is a smart guy and this is a smart move. Pope is a great TE coach, perhaps the best the league has ever seen. The Cowboys have a promising TE in Gavin Escobar, who Jerry Jones wants to see develop. Pope is certainly the guy for the job. Jason Witten is already headed towards Canton, but even he can benefit from Pope’s tutelage.
From Dan Graziano of ESPN NewYork:
“Pope has spent a total of 23 years as a Giants assistant coach and is the only coach whose name is inscribed on all four of the franchise’s Super Bowl trophies.
Pope was a member of Bill Parcells’ staff from 1983-91, then spent the rest of the 1990s working for the Bengals, Patriots and Redskins before returning to the Giants in 2000. When Coughlin was hired as coach in 2004, Pope was the only assistant coach he kept from the prior regime.
“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.’”