“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” Tom 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 was the only coach Tom Coughlin retained from the previous staff, and said, “He is the best tight ends coach in football” (Vacchiano).
Pope has been with the team for over 20 years, and has been the tight ends coach since 2000.
The Giants have also let RB coach Jerald Ingram go. He has been with the Giants for last ten seasons.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterJohn Mara said the Giants were not going to “blow it up,” but these moves suggest he’s blowing up at least half of it. With McAdoo in the big chair on offense now, the Giants apparently are looking for assistants who are familiar with his style and strategy.
They don’t put assistants in the Hall of Fame, but Pope is as close to a great assistant as one might find. He is clearly the best – or close to the best – tight ends coach in the NFL, and has been for the last 30 years.
Ingram was no slouch, either. First, he turned Tiki Barber into a HoF-caliber player and then presided over the championship Earth, Wind and Fire days.