Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
Perhaps best known most for the new shades of red discovered when his face froze during the 2007 NFC Championship Game, Tom Coughlin is currently the head honcho of New York’s Football Giants.
Coughlin got his NFL start as a wide receiver's coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants. He is one of the many current coaches to have been an assistant to Bill Parcells. He has also held various coaching positions at Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Boston College.
Coughlin found success in some form at every stop along the way, resulting in his first NFL head coaching job with the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. He managed to take the rag-tag group to an AFC Championship Game in only its second year of existence. He coached there from 1995-2002, going 68-60.
In 2004, Coughlin took over for Jim Fassel as the New York Giants head coach. After a disappointing first season, Coughlin took the Giants to the playoffs four straight seasons, including two NFC East titles and one Super Bowl victory.
Coughlin came under fire after his third season with the team due to his strict coaching style. After Tiki Barber cited a rift with the coach as one of his reasons for retirement, Coughlin knew that he needed to change his tune before he lost the locker room and his job. Seemingly over night, Coughlin transformed himself into a more laid back, players coach.
The team rallied behind him and went on a historic run, winning ten road games in a row on their way to the Super Bowl. Coughlin’s record in five seasons with the Giants (2004-2008) is 47-33.
Tom is the father-in-law of Giants pro-bowl offensive lineman Chris Snee.
Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride
Despite the Giants' offense putting up solid numbers over the past two seasons, Kevin Gilbride draws the ire of many Giants fans who think another coach would be able to squeeze more points out of the Giants' offense. Some believe that his play calling is sometimes overly simplistic, while others will argue that Gilbride tends to over-think situations.
Gilbride has been a football coach in some form since 1976 when he was a linebackers coach with Tufts. Since then, he has coached for American International, Southern Connecticut State, Eastern Carolina and even the Ottowa Rough Riders of the CFL. He was an offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers and Jacksonville Jaguars (under head coach Tom Coughlin).
From 1997 to 1998, Gilbride was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, where he went just 6-16. He went on to become the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills before joining the Giants as a quarterbacks coach from 2004 to 2006.
In 2007, Gilbride was promoted to offensive coordinator for his first full season. Gilbride devises game plans and calls plays for the offense, employing a power rushing attack that helps set the tone for the offense. Gilbride, like most offensive coordinators, likes to balance the rushing and passing game evenly. Gilbride uses Brandon Jacobs to eat up yards, and open up the passing game for Eli Manning to spread the ball around, with a handful of deep shots every game.
Fans may complain about his play calling, but no one was complaining when Gilbride’s offense marched 83 yards down the field and stole the Super Bowl away from the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
In only two full seasons as offensive coordinator, Gilbride has developed Eli Manning from a struggling, potential bust into a legitimate franchise quarterback. His offense produced two 1,000 yard rushers for only the fifth time in NFL history. He has taken the pieces that Jerry Reese has given him and molded them into winning football players.
That and a Super Bowl title ought to buy a guy some more slack. But hey, this is New York.
The rest of the offensive coaching staff:
Pat Flaherty, Offensive Line
Jack Bicknell, Jr Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Jerald Ingram, Running Backs
Mike Pope, Tight Ends
Mike Sullivan, Wide Receivers
Chris Palmer, Quarterbacks Coach
Sean Ryan, Offensive Quality Control
Defensive Coordinator: Bill Sheridan
Unlike Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride, Bill Sheridan has no head coaching experience at any level.
Sheridan got his start as an assistant coach for Shrine High School in 1981, and went on to coach linebackers at Maine, Cincinnati, Army, Michigan State, and Michigan. He has also coached defensive backs, defensive linemen, and special teams along the way.
He broke into the NFL as a linebackers coach with the Giants in 2005 and has held that position until the 2009 off season, when defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo took the head coaching job with the St. Louis Rams.
Being that he will be a defensive coordinator for the first time in his life, Sheridan has smartly stated that he will not change much from Steve Spagnuolo’s successful units. Some people may question why the linebacker coach was promoted to defensive coordinator, especially with linebacking being a weakness in recent years. But Sheridan has gotten the most out of his linebackers, despite a rash of injuries, eroding skills and overall limitations in personnel.
Sheridan has experience working closely with every defensive position, and he was able to spend two years learning Spagnuolo’s complex blitzing schemes. Sheridan has stated that he loves to blitz, so the talented front seven, including an improved linebacking core, should be just what the doctor ordered for Sheridan’s affection.
The rest of the defensive coaching staff:
Al Holcomb, Defensive Quality Control
Peter Giunta, Secondary/Corners
David Merritt, Secondary/Safeties
Jim Herrmann, Linebackers
Mike Waufle, Defensive Line
The rest of the coaching staff:
Tom Quinn, Special Teams Coordinator
Thomas McGaughey, Assistant Special Teams Coach
Jerry Palmieri, Strength and Conditioning
Markus Paul, Assistant Strength and Conditioning
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