New York Giants Promote Mike Sullivan to Quarterbacks Coach

Kyle McMorrow@@Kyle_McMorrowCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin watches on from the sideline against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have promoted wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan to quarterbacks coach.

Sullivan, who has worked as the Giants receivers coach for the past six seasons, will replace former quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer, who resigned two weeks ago.

Although Sullivan has no previous experience as a quarterbacks coach, he has gained the confidence of his organization and Head Coach Tom Coughlin to handle the responsibility.

"He is an industrious, very hard-working, very intelligent coach," Coughlin said of Sullivan. Mike is going to work extremely hard in the face of any challenge, and his challenge is to continue the development of Eli."

If Sullivan's past is any indication of how he will develop Eli Manning, then Giants fans have a lot to look forward to from their young quarterback.

Since joining the team back in 2004, Sullivan has helped develop the Giants receiving core, most notably this past season when three separate wide-outs had break-out seasons, including a Pro Bowl selection for receiver Steve Smith.

Sullivan seems like a safe pick in terms of knowing his personnel. The former receivers coach has spent years watching and working with Eil in various pass packages, and can relate to the style and player Manning is.

His previous position will be filled in-house as well, as former offensive quality control coach Sean Ryan will take over in developing the receivers.