An Inside Look at the Giants Coaching Staff
The New York Giants are known for having one of the best run organizations in the business. John Mara and Steve Tisch took over after their respective father's passed away in 2005, and the Giants franchise kept on rolling. The Giants are known for have a stable, productive organization that keeps a strong fan base and the players happy. This all starts in the front office, and works its way down. From the top down, there is a great sense of "family" among the players. Newly acquired safety C.C. Brown, from the Houston Texans had this to stay about his new team. "It's like a close-knit team, everybody is pretty much like we're all related, we all came from the same person," Brown observed. "[Tom] Coughlin, that's what he preaches all the time, togetherness. It's just how everybody hangs around, it's not this clique or that clique, it's just everybody mingles with everybody. Chemistry like that pays off." The ultimate decision rests with Jerry Reese, who just might be the penultimate decision maker in the NFL.
In Jerry We Trust
When Jerry Reese stepped up to the plate in 2007, his first season as the Giants General Manager, he hit an absolute home run. All eight players he drafted (Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Zak DeOssie, Kevin Boss, Adam Koets, Michael Johnson, and Ahmad Bradshaw) played a significant role throughout the 2007 season, and all players contributed in the magical playoff run, which ended with the Giants hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Reese was appointed the General Manager position after Ernie Accorsci stepped down. Reese made his way up the Giants organization, and eventually became the third African-American General Manager in the NFL. Using his background as the team’s Director of Player Personnel, Reese coordinated the Giants’ college scouting, was in charge of the team’s draft preparation, and ran the draft room during the two days of player selections.
Tom Coughlin—The Drill Sergeant
Let me start by saying, I love Tom Coughlin. He is the perfect coach for this team. He is one of the most animated people I have ever seen, which is great for the Giants. Coughlin worked his way up the Giants ranks, starting out as the wide receivers coach, while Bill Parcells handled the reigns to the Giants. Coughlin's style of coaching is very similar to Parcells' as he is a strict disciplinarian, and pays attention to detail. Tom Coughlin's first big time head coaching stint was at Boston College and then he became the first head coach in the Jacksonville Jaguars' history. Eventually, Coughlin was hired in 2003 by the Giants and the rest is history. Being a no nonsense coach, he has run a tight ship for this Giants team, and keeps his players focused, happy, and ready to work hard.
Kevin Gilbride—Offensive Coordinator
Some people feel they could do a better job than Kevin Gilbride, but this year he is out to prove his critics wrong. Gilbride is going to have to use all of the different weapons he has, to exploit other defenses weaknesses. Look for a lot of WR bubble screens, quick slants, hooks, and out routes. This way, the ball will come out of Eli Manning's hand quicker, and give the receivers the ability to make people miss with their quickness, speed, and elusiveness. The Giants are still a power running team, and Gilbride knows this. Gilbride came about his job as the offensive coordinator after serving as the quarterbacks coach for three seasons. Gilbride has been a coach in the NFL for 20 seasons, so with all his seasoning and experience, you know that he will be ready to create new plays for the Giants lethal offense.
Mike Sullivan—Wide Recievers Coach—the Most Important Position Coach This Season?
Hands down, Mike Sullivan is the most important position coach this season for the Giants. He has his work cut out for him. The Giants have a lot of weapons in the receiving corps, he just has to work with them, and get these athletes to be the best possible players they can be. Each receiver on the Giants possesses a unique trait for Sullivan to work with. Domenik Hixon is fast and the Giants are very high on him. Steve Smith has great hands and has a knack for finding open space in the defense. Sinorice Moss is small, quick, elusive, and has blazing speed. Mario Manningham is a big play threat waiting to happen. David Tyree is a seasoned veteran who is solid all around. Every time he has been given the opportunity, he has succeeded. Hakeem Nicks is a nice sized receiver with great hands. Ramses Barden is a "Giant" himself, standing at 6'6" and already is a weapon in the "green zone." Sullivan was a defensive backs coach when he was younger, which has helped him transition to a wide receivers coach. He knows what to look for, and how to fix it. Look for the Giants receivers to have a big year, with the collective stats that will make them Super Bowl contenders
Bill Sheridan—Defensive Coordinator
Bill Sheridan takes over for the recently departed Steve Spagnuolo, who is now the head coach for the St. Louis Rams. Sheridan served as the Giants linebackers coach for four seasons. Working for the Giants is Sheridan's first stop in the NFL, as he was a successful coach in the college ranks. The past two seasons, the Giants have had a great defense. Sheridan has realized this and said not to expect much of a change from his defense in comparison to Spagnuolo's defense. Sheridan knows the strengths of this defense (rushing the quarterback,) and the weaknesses (when the team goes into prevent mode), and said he wants to keep constant pressure on the quarterback. The Giants are loaded with talent up front, as they boast the premier front seven in the NFL.
Mike Waufle— Defensive Line Coach —the Leader of the Pack
The Giants boast the best defensive line in football, and this can be credited to Mike Waufle. He does all the work behind the scenes. Waufle was with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2003, until he made the switch to the East Coast. Prior to that, all his work was done out on the West Coast in college, and then his first job as the defensive line coach with the Raiders. Waufle is able to brag about coaching Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield, and Fred Robbins. With new comers Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, he is like a kid in a candy shop; he couldn't be happier. The defensive front will be able to stay fresh throughout the entire season, and should wreak havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses.
That Family Atmosphere, Which Includes Actress Kate Mara
The Giants close knit family starts from the top of the organization and works its way down to the players and staff members. Players take being a New York Giant very seriously, as they know they have a special tradition to carry on. Any organization that can boast a family member on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list is a Giant amongst men!