If all goes right, the Giants could have another top-notch pass rushing option in Damontre Moore.

When our colleague Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast tackles a subject, he leaves no stone unturned. Such is the case with his recent series on the Giants' 3rd round selection in this year's draft, DE Damontre Moore. We are all hoping the Blue has the steal of the draft, here. Jimmy says maybe, but not so fast.....

In February, Mel Kiper had Giants 3rd round pick (81st overall) Damontre Moore going 2nd overall to the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Moore is a big name who played on an extremely high-profile team with Johnny Football down at Texas A&M. Many draftniks in addition to Kiper had him as high as the Top 5 a few months ago, but he slipped to the 3rd round for a reason, the same way Marvin Austin slipped deep into the 2nd a few years ago. Moore’s production was good in college, as he was tied for 9th in the nation with 12.5 sacks:

However, a big question became his work ethic, which Moore himself has admitted was a weakness in college. It showed in his embarrassing 12 reps on the bench press at the Combine. By comparison, 21 CBs did more. Moore also ran an extremely unimpressive 4.95 40 time. Here are how his measurables compare to other DEs since 1999:

When a player is lighter than 93% of DEs since 1999, and only faster than 21% of them in the 40 and 14% of them in the 10-yard split, that’s a huge red flag.

Because I hadn’t watched much of Moore leading up to the draft, I wanted to get a better idea of his game, especially because of his high production and low draft position at 81st overall. Thankfully, the great folks over at DraftBreakdown.com have 9 of his games intheir Damontre Moore library. I watched them all, and previously shared my notes in a 4-part series. Here’s that 4-part series, where you can see notes of each of those 9 games:

  1. Part I
  2. Part II
  3. Part III
  4. Part IV
On his games alone, I’m of the opinion that he never should have been considered among the elite prospects in this draft class. However, if it weren’t for his horrendous pre-draft workouts, he would have gone much higher than did at 81st overall.

There were a number of things that stood out. I’ll point them out one at a time:

Moore has an outstanding motor.

“Motor” is one of those terms in football that gets thrown around very liberally. If a guy hustles a little, he has “a great motor.” The ease with which draftniks throw the word “motor” around should be offensive to players like Moore, who truly epitomize what it means. In the nine games I watched of Moore, I saw a clear lack of effort just once, which is strange for a player who admittedly doesn’t work hard in practice or in the weight room. Here are a few examples of Moore’s motor:

  • Here’s Moore against Mississippi State. Moore gets no pass rush, tries to bat the ball at the line, doesn’t get it, but then turns and runs more than 40 yards down the field to tackle the WR. Outstanding hustle.
  • Here’s Moore against Kansas State. Note where the Aggies lined him up. He’s over the WR split right all the way at the top of the screen, and he chases the running play down all the way across to the other side of the field.
  • Here’s a play against Alabama. On 3rd and 7, Moore can’t get to the QB, jumps to try to bat the pass, then turns and hustles to tackle the RB on the screen.
  • Another play from the Alabama game. Moore is doubled, and tries to collapse the pocket (to little avail), jumps to try to get a hand on the ball, tries to chase down the runner, and for no reason dives over the pile. You can probably save your energy instead of jumping on a runner who is already down, Damontre,  but I appreciate the hustle.
  • Moore in the Bowl Game against Oklahoma. 4th quarter, roughly 30 seconds left in the game, Aggies up 28, and Moore is jumping on the pile. Love that.
Moore had a lot of sacks in 2012, but I don’t see much in the way of actual pass rush moves.

I’ll show all of the sacks he got in the 9 games I watched:

  1. Alabama: Moore is all but unblocked (TE gave sort of a semi-chip), and Bama ran a boot to his side. Moore almost missed bringing the QB down. I did like that Moore pursued the QB aggressively here, but this was a fairly unimpressive sack.
  2. Mississippi State #1: Moore hits his inside stunt hard and blows right past the center, who serves as little more than tackling dummy in quicksand. Nice job by Moore nevertheless, as he gets the sack. Bonus points for grabbing the QB’s throwing arm and almost jarring the football loose.
  3. LSU: Pretty simple inside pass rush here on LSU’s LT, gets pressure, QB tries to escape, but Moore has a hold of the QB’s throwing arm, and he’s meat.
  4. Florida #1: Coverage sack. Nothing special about Moore’s pass rush here. Credit his outstanding motor, and a dumb decision by the QB not to throw it away.
  5. Florida #2: Nice inside rush by Moore here on the RG. Moore is simply the better player and wins. Sack.
  6. Florida #3: Coverage sack. 3rd sack of the first half in this game. I’m not sure what Moore’s responsibility on this play is. Does he have the RB in coverage, and when he sees the RB staying in protection and the play breaking down he attacks the QB? That would be my best guess. Whatever the case, once he commits to going after the QB, he gets there and makes the play, although again, there’s nothing special in terms of pass rush ability on this one.
  7. Florida #4: This one is sort of a gift. Moore reads the snap count well and gets off on the ball faster than anyone on either side of the ball but is still blocked well by the LT anyway. The LT eventually stops blocking on the play because it takes so long. Credit Moore again for never stopping.
  8. Louisiana Tech: You’ll hear the announcer say that Moore does a good job using his hands, and he’s dead on here. Moore is able to get his hands into the shoulder pads of the LT, shoves him aside, and the QB is meat. Love the swat at the ball as he’s making the hit, too.
  9. Northwestern: Coverage sack. Moore doesn’t necessarily beat the RT here. The RT for the most part does his job shuttling Moore past when the pocket would have been. Credit Moore for his motor, and for making the most of his opportunity by taking a big shot on the QB.
  10. Kansas State #1: Coverage sack. Texas A&M is in zone, and it looks like Moore has the flat. With no receivers in his area, he attacks the QB, who should have thrown it away.
  11. Kansas State #2: Another coverage sack. Moore drops into coverage, and when the pocket breaks down, the QB is flushed and Moore is there to make the play.
  12. Kansas State #3: Nice one. Watch how Moore keeps the RT off of him by extending his right arm as he races around the edge.
Five of the above sacks were coverage sacks, and Moore didn’t display much of a repertoire of pass rush moves on the others.

What Moore doesn’t seem to have is “bend.” Here’s an example of “bend” by former Texas A&M stud Von Miller (via b/r):

Here’s an example of Jason Babin’s “bend:”

On my favorite of Moore’s sacks (Kansas State #3), look at how upright he is:

You want your pass rushers coming around the end to be able to bend at the waist and knees to cut the corner more sharply and decrease the time it takes to get to the QB, while also giving the OT less of a target to get his hands on you. That takes an incredible amount of athleticism. That is typically not something that can be taught.

At the same time, however, I want to be careful not to suggest that Moore isn’t athletic. Here’s a good example of Moore’s athleticism against Arkansas. The TE tries to cut Moore at the snap. Moore runs right around him, and then right around the LT, gets pressure, smacks the QB as he is throwing, and it’s an INT going the other way. On the replay, watch the QB’s head snap back on the hit.

As for Moore’s lack of pass rush repertoire, that can be viewed one of two ways. The pessimistic view is to just say, “He doesn’t have any pass rush moves,” and leave it at that. The optimist will point to a guy like Bruce Irvin, who was drafted by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2012 draft and had 8 sacks as a rookie. Irvin said that he was never taught how to pass rush.

I feel like, to be honest with you, I’ve never been taught how to pass rush.  The last two years, the 23 sacks that I got, it was all natural ability.  Not to knock my coaches, but they emphasized stopping the run, and that’s what we did.  We never did any pass rushing drills.  I feel like, with the proper coaching and the right people around me I feel like I can be a very productive player in this league.
I can’t speak on the level of coaching at Texas A&M in terms of their ability to teach pass rushing skills, but the optimist might say that if the Giants can coach him up, he can be a player with high upside.

I’ll also note that Moore is always looking to dislodge the football when making tackles, especially when he has a shot at the QB.

Moore is a solid tackler.

Aside from the game against Kansas State in 2011 in which he had a couple of missed tackles, I saw a player who did a good job of wrapping up and getting the ball carrier to the ground. I could show some examples, but they’re boring, so I’ll ask that you just trust me on this one.

Moore is slow in backside pursuit.

A constant theme in watching Moore’s games was the abnormal number of times opposing offenses left him unblocked and ran away from his side. Offenses with do this in order to get “hat on hat” on the run side. By leaving a player unblocked on the backside, they can get favorable numbers in terms of blockers on defenders on the other side. However, if you leave a player with special athletic ability unblocked, there’s the risk of that player making you pay for not accounting for him and messing up the play in the backfield. Opposing offenses routinely left Moore unblocked on the backside, and he rarely made them pay.

I’ll show a few examples:

  1. Against Mississippi State
  2. Against Louisiana Tech
  3. Against Northwestern
This is where you can see Moore’s poor 40 time and 10 yard split in action. He just looks slow in backside pursuit, in my opinion. The Eagles and Redskins run a ton of this on offense, and there’s little a defense can do to make their DE be better in backside pursuit.

Moore had difficulty in the run game against bigger OTs.

As noted above, Moore weighs less than 93% percent of the NFL Combine participants at DE since 1999. Watch what 339 lb. DJ Fluker was able to do against Moore in the run game when Alabama played Texas A&M:

  1. Example 1: Alabama runs right at Moore, DJ Fluker easily moves Moore inside and opens up a huge hole. Fluker has about 90 lbs on Moore.
  2. Example 2: Swallowed up by Fluker and dumped on the ground on a run play to Moore’s side. Borderline hold. Ugly play for Moore whether he was held or not.
  3. Example 3: Completely dominated by Fluker on run play.
Fluker weighs almost 90 pounds more than Moore, so he should win these battles, and he does. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that on most days in the NFL, if he doesn’t put on weight, Moore is going to be giving away at least 30 or so pounds every week. And if he does put on weight, will that make him even slower?

And it’s not always just OTs who severely outweigh Moore who are able to dominate him in the run game. Watch this Mississippi State TE blow Moore off the ball.

But it’s not all bad. When Moore is the aggressor against the run, he can make plays. Here’s a play against Oklahoma in which he slams into the guard, drives him back a few yards, sheds the block, and gets a TFL. Really well done. When he attacks, he can make plays, but when he has to anchor, he’s usually going to lose those battles.

One other thing worth noting about Moore is his play against the read option. Here’s a read option play against Florida where Moore blows up the RB, who does not have the ball. It’s tough to know what Moore’s responsibility is here. Does he simply have the RB? If so, great play. When I think about this play in terms of the NFC East, I think the way the Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys are going to play RG3 is to hammer him as much as they possibly can. If you send the unblocked player directly at the RB, forcing the QB to carry the ball, RG3 may burn you for the occasional nice run, but he’ll take more shots. Make RG3 run the ball. I like Moore’s decisiveness/aggressiveness here, again, depending on his assignment.

Conclusion

I see Moore as somewhat of a “project” with some upside, as opposed to more of a polished, “pro-ready” player. That’s a little odd for a guy from a big school who had bigtime production. If he can develop more of a pass rushing repertoire with the Giants, he can be a guy that they can play on obvious passing downs early in his career. I do worry about him somewhat as a 3-down player, as he was clearly over-matched by bigger offensive linemen in the run game and not a difference maker when teams ran away from him. The 2nd or 3rd round is about right for that kind of player. Moore can be a guy who makes big plays, but ultimately, I see him settling into the NFL as a role player, although potentially an important one.

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Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced on Saturday that he will forego his senior season and has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

"And now, it's time for me to take the next step in my journey," Simmons said in a statement he posted to his social media accounts. "Today, it is with great humility and gratitude that I announce that I will be declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. While I am incredibly excited about the opportunities and challenged that await me, please know that a part of my heart will always remain here in Clemson, South Carolina."

Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker has seen his draft stock soar, particularly after a very strong performance in the National Championship game against LSU, a game in which he may have played himself into consideration for the Giants with the fourth overall pick.

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On Friday, the Giants officially announced the hiring of Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator under head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett joined the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss returning to the team he once played for, his initial conversations with Judge, and his opinion on Daniel Jones.

During his playing career, Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Giants from 2000-03, and now that he's back with Big Blue, he's excited to get to work with such a storied franchise.

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It appears Odell Beckham Jr.'s wild night following LSU's national championship victory won't land him in any trouble with the New Orleans Police Department after all.

On Thursday, the NOPD issued an arrest warrant for the former Giants wide receiver, accusing the wide receiver of simple battery on a police officer after he was caught spanking a member of the department in the LSU locker room following the game.

But ESPN reports that the officer has signed an affidavit saying that he does not want to pursue charges. The arrest warrant could be withdrawn as early as this weekend.

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Giants head coach Joe Judge certainly knew what he was getting when he brought in Jerry Schuplinski as his quarterbacks coach. The two coached together with the Patriots for six years from 2013-2018.

Schuplinski joined the Dolphins in 2019 as their assistant quarterbacks coach, where former Jet quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of his charges. The 14-year NFL veteran was more than impressed with what he saw from him.

"I got to see it from two different sides," Fitzpatrick told The Post. "He had to talk to me, treat me and coach me a different way than maybe he had to treat young guys like Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock in our room. His ability to know who he was teaching and the way that guy learned - and adapt based on who he was talking with - is one of his huge strengths."

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The Giants have hired Burton Burns as their new running backs coach, according to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Burns, 67, was the associate head coach and running backs coach at Alabama from 2007 until 2018.

His ties to Giants head coach Joe Judge go back to Alabama, where Judge was a special teams assistant from 2009 to 2011.

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The Giants added an experienced former head coach to Joe Judge's staff on Friday, hiring Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator.

Giants fans likely know all about Garrett's tenure as Cowboys head coach, as he went 85-67 over 10 seasons with Dallas.

But here are some things you may not know about the Giants' new OC ...

- Garrett, 53, was born in Abington, PA. He spent time growing up in Ohio and New Jersey, before playing quarterback at Princeton University, where he majored in history. In 1988, Garrett was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

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The Giants bosses thought enough of Jason Garrett that they planned to interview him for their head coaching job last week. They always knew he'd be tough to sell to their fan base, though.

Selling him as their new offensive coordinator is going to be a lot easier. And it makes much more sense.

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Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the Giants offensive coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Ed Werder, and later made official by the team. The Giants also offically announced Patrick Graham as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and Thomas McGaughey as special teams coordinator.

Garrett was let go by the Cowboys on Jan. 5 after going 85-67 over 10 seasons as the team's head coach, and his contract officially expired on January 14.

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On Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN that an arrest warrant was issued to former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., accusing him of simple battery of a police officer.

Beckham was in New Orleans on Monday night to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship, and was seen handing out money to LSU players while celebrating with the team after the game. 

While celebrating with the team in the locker room, Beckham was also seen slapping a male police officer on the butt. And now some sportsbooks have released odds on Beckham being fined for battery or even being sentenced to jail time in 2020.

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Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has interviewed for with the Panthers and Jaguars this week as he looks to return to an NFL sideline for the first time since 2017.

The Athletic's Joe Person reported Thursday that new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule brought in McAdoo to interview for an unspecified role. Former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady has already been brought on as the new Carolina offensive coordinator.

However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McAdoo met with the Jaguars this week specifically about their offensive coordinator position. Jacksonville fired fromer OC John DeFilippo after one year with the team.

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The Giants' search for assistants to fill out Joe Judge's staff is ongoing. Here's the latest on the offensive coordinator job...


Jan. 17, 8:45 AM:

Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be interviewing with the Giants this weekend, reports Chris Mortensen.

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Darius Slayton had exactly the same reaction as almost everyone else when he heard the Giants new head coach was going to be Joe Judge.

Who?

"Yeah, I had not heard of him prior to the Giants hiring him," Slayton told SNY in an interview on Thursday. "But you know he's coming from a really good organization. Everybody I've heard speak about him has glowing things to say about him, so I'm sure he'll be a good guy for the job."

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Odell Beckham Jr. is already in trouble with LSU and the NCAA for handing out wads of cash to players after the NCAA football championship on Monday night.

Now he's in trouble with police, too.

An arrest warrant was issued for the former Giants receiver on Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN, accusing Beckham of simple battery of a police officer. The charge is based on a video that showed him slapping a male officer on the butt in LSU's post-game locker room.

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Joe Judge seems likely to hire an experienced offensive coordinator, and it might turn out to be Jason Garrett. But the new Giants coach had hoped to talk to Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll about the job first.

The 44-year-old Daboll, who was on the New England Patriots staff with Judge from 2013-16, was high atop Judge's wish list when he was hired by the Giants, multiple sources told SNY. The Giants requested permission for Judge to interview Daboll, the sources said, but that permission was denied by the Bills.

That wasn't surprising, considering it would've been a lateral move for Daboll, who was a big part of why the Bills finished 10-6 this past season and made the playoffs for just the second time in the last 20 years. He's also earned rave reviews for his work with second-year quarterback Josh Allen. Daboll was so highly regarded that he interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job last week, and was reportedly a "sleeper" candidate before they hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski instead.

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Former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants the media to leave him alone, yet he found himself in the spotlight yet again following the National Championship where his alma mater LSU Tigers came away victorious. 

Beckham, who was joined by LSU and Browns teammate Jarvis Landry among other former Tigers players, was able to celebrate with the team on the field and in the locker room after the game. And during that celebration, Beckham was seen handing out cash to players as he shook their hands for winning the contest over Clemson. 

LSU was quick to say the money was fake, but their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow killed that claim during the latest episode of Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take

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The main news coming from the Giants facility Wednesday is that former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is in the building to interview for the offensive coordinator job, but that wasn't the only information coming out of East Rutherford.

The Giants let go of outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson, defensive backs coach Evertt Withers and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder, according to The Athletic's Dan Duggan. These coaches join the likes of tight ends coach Lunda Wells, inside linebackers coach Bill McGovern, and others as those who have left as new head coach Joe Judge builds his own staff. 

The remaining coaches from Pat Shurmur's staff include running backs coach Craig Johnson, offensive line coach Hal Hunter, assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson, defensive assistant Bobby Blick and special teams assistants Tom Quinn and Anthony Blevins

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The man who helped resurrect the Giants franchise and built their first two Super Bowl champions will finally take his long-overdue place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The late George Young, the general manager of the Giants in the 1980s and '90s, was selected to the Hall's special "Centennial Class" of 2020 on Wednesday morning. He was chosen by a "blue ribbon" panel as one of three "contributors" in what will be a monster, 20-person class when he's officially inducted later this year.

"George Young's career is the very definition of a Hall of Famer," said former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who was Young's assistant and later his successor. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of George or something I learned from him. The only bittersweet part is that he's not here."

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Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells, whose status with the team was up in the air with new head coach Joe Judge still assembling his staff, is leaving to become the tight ends coach for the Cowboys, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Wells had been with the Giants since 2012.

His first role with the Giants was as an offensive assistant in 2012. He then served as their assistant offensive line coach from 2013-2017 before becoming tight ends coach prior to the 2018 season.

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The Giants have given new head coach Joe Judge the freedom to choose his own assistants, though his bosses have certainly made their preference for an experienced staff clear. John Mara even said publicly that "having experienced people on both sides of the ball is going to be critical," and that an assistant with head coaching experience "would be great," too.

Judge didn't meet that criteria when he hired Patrick Graham as his defensive coordinator. That's why his next big hire -- offensive coordinator -- will be so interesting to watch.

There are many experienced candidates available for the 38-year-old Judge, including a few that sources say he is considering. It's unknown whom he plans to hire, or if he feels any pressure to bring in someone with head coaching experience. But it's expected that his choice will become clear by the end of the week.

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Patrick Graham isn't just going to be the Giants' defensive coordinator. He's going to be their assistant head coach, too.

The 40-year-old has been given both those titles by new Giants head coach Joe Judge, according to multiple sources. That's not only a sign of the respect Judge has for his new top assistant, but it also explains why he wasn't blocked from leaving his job as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. They couldn't block Graham from leaving for a job that is technically a promotion.

Graham also will likely get a raise over the normal salary for a defensive coordinator, though the terms of his deal with the Giants were not available. It's also unclear what other duties Judge will give his "assistant head coach."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Pro Football Writers of America have released their All-Rookie Team for the 2019-20 season, and one Giant has made the list. 

DL Dexter Lawrence, the 17th overall pick by New York in the 2019 NFL Draft, has made the cut after a solid rookie season. 

Lawrence was actually Pro Football Focus' top-graded rookie after the first six weeks. He had totaled two sacks, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss in those contests. 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants will not be bringing back linebackers coach Bill McGovern or defensive line coach Gary Emanuel next season, per The Post's Ryan Dunleavy.

Moving on from Emanuel was a given after new head coach Joe Judge brought on Ole Miss defensive line coach Freddie Roach on Monday. This will be his first NFL coaching job after spending time with Alabama along with Ole Miss, which is how the two coaches have a connection. 

As for McGovern, it does make sense to get a breath of fresh air at linebackers coach. This unit has been sub-par for a few years now, and Judge recognized that. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham also has a history as a linebackers coach.

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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Ryan Connelly, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jerry Schuplinski is expected to be hired as the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Schuplinski coached with the Patriots during the same time as new Giants head coach Joe Judge. From 2013-18, he first served as an offensive assistant and then as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

He spent the 2019 season with the Dolphins as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants are hiring Freddie Roach to be their defensive line coach, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

This will be Roach's first NFL coaching job. He served as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss for the last three seasons.

Roach has also coached at Alabama, with his time there overlapping new Giants head coach Joe Judge's tenure there as a special teams assistant from 2009-2011.

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Before he was ultimately hired by the Giants as head coach, Joe Judge nearly missed his interview for the job.

Judge opened up on his hectic process, interviewing with Mississippi State before he did the same for the Giants, in Peter King's Football Morning in America column.

Upon interviewing with the Giants last Monday morning, Judge got off at the wrong train station.

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John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)
John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)

As the Giants continue their search for a new offensive coordinator, the Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo, adding another potential candidate to the pool Big Blue was already considering.

The firing of DeFilippo was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

According to Rapoport, the firing came as a surprise.

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Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)
Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge wasted no time in getting a key hire added to his coaching staff Sunday, when he reportedly brought Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham aboard for the same position with New York.

Graham, who turns 41 on Jan. 24, joins Judge just three days after the Giants introduced the former New England Patriots assistant.

The two coached together under longtime Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from 2012-15, but perhaps Graham's Giants ties make for the more intriguing aspect of Judge's move to bring him on to run the defense.

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Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)

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The most important hire Joe Judge will make for his new Giants coaching staff will be his offensive coordinator, who will be entrusted with the development of franchise quarterback Daniel Jones. Perhaps nobody will end up being more important to the long-term success of the franchise.

His new defensive coordinator, though, could come close.

Patrick Graham, who spent last year as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, will get that job with the Giants, a source confirmed, and will be entrusted with the growth of a very young and incredibly underachieving defense. That unit has been the real Achilles heel of the Giants the last three years, including two ugly seasons under outgoing defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to be the next offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

SNY sources say Shurmur had several options, but the Broncos made a big push because they really wanted an experienced play-caller.

The Vikings, Browns and Bears had reported interest in Shurmur, but it look like he'll be heading to Denver.

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The Giants are searching for their next defensive coordinator under Joe Judge. Here is the latest on potential candidates for the job...


Jan 12, 5:36 PM:

The Giants are hiring former Miami Dolphins DC Patrick Graham for their defensive coordinator role, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Graham becomes Joe Judge's first big hire as head coach. The Dolphins are reportedly expected to promote cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer to DC.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski accepting the Browns' head coach position on Sunday, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could be finding his way back to Minnesota next season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from a source that Shurmur is expected to be a candidate to fill Stefanski's role as the team's offensive coordinator. It's the same role that he held with the Vikings in 2017 before he became the Giants' head coach. 

If Shurmur were to return to an offensive coordinator job after serving as a head coach, it would be the second time he's done so. He joined the Browns in 2011 as their new head coach, but would only last two seasons. He, then, went to Philadelphia to become the Eagles' offensive coordinator for three seasons. 

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Giants head coach Joe Judge is getting his roster of coaches together on his staff, but at least one will be an in-house hire.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants will retain wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert under Judge.

Former Giants coach Pat Shurmur brought Tolbert to the Giants in 2018 when he was first hired by the team. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

After a combined nine wins in his first two NFL seasons, there's no doubt Saquon Barkley wants to help lead the Giants out of the rut in which they're currently stuck.

After a rookie season which saw him lead the league with 2028 yards from scrimmage, the Penn State product finished the season with 1003 rushing yards, despite missing three games with an ankle injury. 

That injury was initially expected to keep him out for longer, but Barkley wowed the Giants medical team to return much faster than anticipated.

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The 2019 season was widely expected to be the final one in Eli Manning's career, but the 16-year veteran quarterback has yet to make a decision on his future and has left the door open to possibly coming back.

Giants co-owner John Mara spoke to WFAN early Friday morning and said that although Manning's role as starting quarterback is over (with the ascension of Daniel Jones), there are still other options available for him to stick around.

"I haven't closed any doors on that," Mara said about Manning finding another role within the organization during an appearance on WFAN's Moose and Maggie Show. "Eli came to see me a few days ago, and we had a nice, long talk, but I don't think he's fully decided yet what he wants to do. And I've told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again."

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New head coach Joe Judge's contract with the Giants is for five years, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The financial details of the contract have not yet been reported.

Judge, 38, was introduced on Thursday at MetLife Stadium, with John Mara saying Judge's interview was perhaps the best he's ever been a part of and Judge following that introduction with an intense and at times riveting press conference.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - From the moment Dave Gettleman learned he wasn't fired, he vowed to do whatever his bosses wanted in the best interests of the team. If that meant giving up some of his power or even final say over personnel decisions, he said he'd do it.

In the end, he didn't have to. And it turns out, no one asked.

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On Thursday, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum talked to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the Giants new head coach Joe Judge, going over the challenges that Judge could face.

"Well I think that's really a big part of the interview process," Tannenbaum said. "I want to know what's your first 90 days like or what is it going to be like if Saquon Barkley doesn't show up on the first day of the voluntary offseason program? What's your message to him? Whats's your message to the team? What's your message to the media?"

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Giants head coach Joe Judge
Giants head coach Joe Judge

There are many words you can use to describe how Joe Judge sounded during his introductory press conference as Giants head coach: intense, passionate, to-the-point, and inspiring are among them.

In fact, Judge looks like he's going to be a walking quote card during his tenure with the Giants, as he had some brilliant lines while making his opening remarks and answering questions from the media in attendance.

While there are a plethora to choose from, here are 10 of the best quotes from Judge that shed light on what type of man and coach the Giants have hired…

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge poses for photos after his press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge poses for photos after his press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin had people wanting to run through a wall for him five minutes into his introductory press conference back in 2004. Three years later, he was nearly run out of town, one year before winning a Super Bowl.

Ben McAdoo was mocked for his goofy haircut and ill-fitting suit in 2016, then went 11-5 as a rookie head coach before the walls caved in one year later.

And two years ago, Pat Shurmur looked every bit the "adult" the Giants needed -- a mature, calm, football lifer. Two years later, he was out with a record of 9-23.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano chats with new Giants head coach Joe Judge about his process and plans for Big Blue.

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After being introduced by John Mara on Thursday as the new head coach of the Giants, Joe Judge hit the ground running, outlining exactly who he is and exactly how he'll coach the team during an incredibly intense, focused half hour press conference.

And Judge understood that one of the big questions coming into it was who he was. He asked that question and answered it during his opening remarks.

"What I'm about is an old school, physical mentality," Judge explained. "We're gonna put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are proud of. This team will represent this area. We will play fast. We will play downhill. We will play aggressive. We'll punch you in the nose for 60 minutes. We'll play every play like it's a history in a life of its own with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves."

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants' next head coach is whether or not he'll have any say in the players he has on his 53-man roster. 

And the reason behind that question is because of how old school GM Dave Gettleman is. But Gettleman doesn't understand where that comes from. 

"It's going to be collaborative," Gettleman told reporters after Judge was officially introduced as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday. "I don't understand where that notion comes from. It's got to be coming from people who have never worked with me."

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Giants co-owner John Mara was sold on Joe Judge the second his interview to become head coach finished Monday afternoon. That's exactly what he said in his opening remarks to introduce Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

After speaking with co-owner Steve Tisch on Tuesday morning, Mara said Tisch felt the exact same way. Tisch said "the more homework we did, the more Joe Judge's character stood out."

Reports surfaced that explained how Judge provided that wow factor in his interview, and Mara took it a step further with this remark:

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Freddie Kitchens
Freddie Kitchens

While breaking down who Joe Judge could add to his Giants coaching staff this season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out the possibility that recently-fired Browns HC Freddie Kitchens could be a good match on the offensive side. 

Vacchiano heard Kitchens coming up in some circles from his sources, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed that up this morning saying the Giants do expect to speak with Kitchens about a spot on their staff next season. 

Kitchens lasted just one year as the Browns head coach after Cleveland failed to reach the high expectations placed on them. They ended up with a 6-10 mark for the season, and their offense -- full of weapons like Bradley Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry -- sputtered as the 22nd-ranked group in the NFL. 

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SNY went around and asked random people on the street who Joe Judge is, and some of the answers were pretty out there.

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Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants will be officially making Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge their 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday, as he'll take the podium to introduce himself to the media at MetLife Stadium. 

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch as well as GM Dave Gettleman were quick to pivot to Judge after Baylor head coach Matt Rhule signed with the Panthers to fill their head coach vacancy. This came after Judge wowed the Giants in his interview on Monday, which convinced Giants brass that he was the guy for them. 

However, Judge is still foreign to many Giants fans, who are still trying to figure out exactly who the 38-year-old is and what he brings to the table. And there's no better platform to fill in the blanks than this press conference. 

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Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

It's no secret that Matt Rhule was the Giants' top candidate to fill their head coach vacancy. And the Panthers knew that when owner David Tepper, GM Marty Hurney and communications/external affairs director Steven Drummond traveled to Waco, TX to meet with Rhule on Monday. 

The Athletic's Joseph Person chronicled the Panthers' journey that led to Rhule standing on a podium Wednesday to be introduced as the team's new head coach.

Instead of going to his home like the Panthers, Giants brass had a plane waiting for Rhule in Waco that was set to bring him to New York. Because of that, Tepper added on an extra year to his initial six-year offer, bringing it to seven years and a whopping $62 million. 

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