Tom Coughlin met the media for the final time this season. He heads off into 2013 with more questions than he would normally like to have, but did not indicate if he planned on making many - if any - changes to his staff or roster

Opening statement: Good afternoon. We met with our team this morning in their exit meeting, and we talked about the game yesterday against Philadelphia. I did think we played very well. I thought that it was a very fitting way for us to complete the season, with a very good effort, with good execution. We talked about pride and execution being the themes, and I think we did that. But, I immediately moved into… You look at your season, and sometimes when you walk off the field, having lost a game…for example, the first Philadelphia game 19-17, the game in Washington, 17-16…your thoughts are, “Boy, I hope this one doesn’t come back to haunt me, bite us in the butt in the long run.” But in reality, that’s what happened. I look at the first game of the year, the Dallas game.

We had played into February, we were the World Champions, we had extra time on the field, and I thought it would be a huge factor for us, opening the season. It didn’t turn out to be. We lost that game at home. You look at the Pittsburgh game, where we had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and we were not able to hold on. So, you have the ebb and flow of the season, and you just pray that you can rise up, and accomplish what you need to accomplish to get into the playoffs. Our goal is always to win the division. At one point, we did have a three-game lead in the division; we were not able to hold onto that lead. To be 9-7, yes, much better than 8-8, no question about it. Not good enough and I think all of our players are very much aware of that, that our goal was obviously to get into the tournament, we didn’t get to the tournament. So, we’re disappointed in that.

We did play some of the finest games that we’ve ever played here throughout the course of this season against very, very good football teams. But, we weren’t able to sustain that week in and week out. We are disappointed that our season is over, we are not happy that we’re not continuing to play, we have to, as I told the players, I don’t like the exit meeting. I don’t like it at all. I don’t like saying goodbye. I don’t like the unfulfilled. A year ago, we walk from the last exit meeting to get on a bus to go to the Canyon of Heroes parade. That’s kind of where we are emotionally. It’s not an easy day, under any circumstances. To not be in the playoffs, is not, certainly not, as the season began, what we would’ve expected. 

Q: You mentioned yesterday that you would ask some of the players…

A: Yeah, but I didn’t. I just threw the questions out. I haven’t had the chance. I visited with a couple of guys, but they would have to think about it, and I would have to catch them.

Q: Eli spoke about how he felt like missing the playoffs this year was especially rough, because of the talent level.

A: I think when you start a year off, first of all, some of the guys are so young, you know they don’t think like this. But when you’re a coach, and you’ve seen this happen before, and you know that some of these careers are much shorter than others, and the opportunities that these players have to take full advantage of their youth and their ability, and literally the primes of their athletic lives, you just don’t like to see that not happen for them. You don’t like to see a year in which you certainly had high, very high expectations not be fulfilled. Whether you take it to the individual level, or whether you take it to the team level.

Q: When you look at this team, do you still see the core of a championship contender there?

A: Well, I do. Nothing stays the same. You’re going to have, you change. Some of your younger players have to develop, quite frankly, in more ways than just one. One of the things that you find a lot of times with young players is they struggle to get their arms around what the National Football League is all about. For some, it happens quick. For others, it doesn’t. There will be some people in that category that will be major surprises, and probably some that will be disappointments.

Q: The defense was one of the worst in the league, in terms of yards allowed. What changes can be made there to make it a more successful unit?

A: We’ll have to wait and see on that. Naturally, we need to play better, but….

Q: Is Perry Fewell still your Defensive Coordinator going forward?

A: He is.

Q: He had said that the scheme was sound. The players were right there, just not making plays. Would you agree with the assertions that the scheme you guys played was sound, and the players were not executing?

A: As I said before, I would think, based on what was actually said by Perry Fewell in that interview, that the thing that was not happening is that plays were not being made. I don’t think the defense would disagree with you at all on that one.

Q: Have you already started the 2013 season, or do you need more time to digest what happened?

A: Well, we’re jumping into the process of evaluation. That will take some range of time, and then probably digest some of what we discover when we do investigate, and then do some thinking in regard to what our beliefs are. It’ll be a process.

Q: When you go through a season like this, with the ups-and-downs, do you feel like not doing this anymore?

A: No, but I’ll say this to you, the losing part is hard. It’s very hard. It gets harder and harder, I think, the older that you get. The competition and the winning is what fires you, what gives you the true, true desire to seek more. But the losing part is very difficult to get over.

Q: You said that losing is harder, the older you get.

A: Well, I’m not talking about me. I’m much too young for anybody to talk about that.

Q: Has your confidence ever wavered with the leadership in your locker room this year?

A: Well, I think that term goes along with teams when a team is winning, and doing very well, then they have great leadership. When they’re not, there’s a question of whether there is. I think we have people of high character in our locker room. There are certainly ways on occasion when I would maybe do it a little bit differently, if I were a player. For example, I think the idea of players getting after other players may have been part of the past. It’s not necessarily the way it’s done today. They lead by everyone encouraging, and being part of a bigger picture, if you will. When you’re not as successful as you would hope, you may do some investigating, or some thinking about that. I think we have some very strong personalities, and quite frankly, you need to start with yourself, before you start down that road.

Re: Evaluating the personnel to find ways to win more than nine games

A: Well, we won 13 in ‘08, we were gone in the first playoff game. If you look at the division that we’re in, for whatever reason, the competitive nature of it, the parity, whatever you’d like to say. 9-7 wins the division, 10-6 wins it the next year. We won 10 games two years ago, and we didn’t even get into the tournament. I hear you. We were 14-2 one time, many years ago. I’d love to be back in that circumstance, because that’s not easy. It’s not easy to win, as you know. Winning and losing is a very fine line. You can play extremely well. I talked to our team today. When I talked about two games that will probably drive me insane, which would Atlanta and Baltimore. Not a question about how we lost the game, the question about why we didn’t play better. When you think about that, then you understand a little more about… Sixteen, that’s the way I talk to our young guys. It’s 16 games, it’s not 11, it’s not 12. It’s 16. That’s what professional football is. It’s hard. A lot of these guys play 12 games, they think the season is over, when it’s just started.

Q: Is the sting different this year, because of winning the Super Bowl last year?

A: Yeah, it’s a different category for sure. I think in ’08, the Steelers didn’t make it following a Super Bowl win. Here, we find ourselves as well. It’s not pleasant. It’s not pleasant at all. Because, why? Because you expect so much more, and rightfully so.

Q: Will there be any changes to the coaching staff?

A: Not that I would speak about, or have intention of.

Q: Hakeem Nicks’ injury was obviously a big factor in your offense this year. He said it was a six-to-eight week injury. In hindsight, would you alter the decision to not have him play through the injury?

A: You know, I just discussed it with Hakeem. A few weeks ago, Doctor Warren was involved in the discussion about those kinds of situations. In the first place, you love Hakeem. He is an incredible competitor. No matter what happens, he’s not going... He’s had a lot of things that have been an issue for him, medically. He’s had a foot, he’s had a knee, but the thing that you have to remember is he’s a tremendous competitor, he wants to compete and he wants to play. When you speak to a group of individuals, and you talk about having 53 people on your team, when you do have an injury, you’ve got to play through it. Well, he’s a tremendous example of a guy that wants to play through it, and wants to play through it despite that fact, and you love that about him. Was he able to play at the level that if he didn’t have the injury he could play at? No. No. But he believes he can play, and he believes he can be a huge part of it.

Q: How much did Martellus Bennett help the offense, and how much progress did he make this year?

A: Well, I think he’s made outstanding progress. I think he was looking for an opportunity to play, and contribute and be more productive, and he certainly got it. He learned, to his credit, as he went along, learned what we asked him to do, and how he performed in answering those questions, and so on and so forth, and did make a strong contribution. There’s more to be, as there is with all of us. There’s more to be learned, and more to be developed. He does have talent.

Re: On if the decline of the pass-rush will be evaluated

A: It’ll be one of them, yeah. It’ll be just like everything else. We’ll evaluate each one of these issues. That’ll be one of them.

Q: Do you have any reasons as to why the pass-rush disappeared?

A: Not that you haven’t heard.

Q: Are you concerned about Justin Tuck’s lack of production over the last two years?

A: Well, I’m concerned about anybody’s lack of production. No more, or no less than anyone. I mean, that would be my answer to that. I’m concerned about mine.

Q: In terms of some off-season surgeries, it seems like Chris Snee and David Baas, maybe Hakeem Nicks, would be candidates.

A: We’ll see. I mean, I don’t have anything for you right now. We have our standard statement, and our exit meetings, “Get the surgeries as fast as you can. Let’s go, so we can get you back out there on the field in the spring.” What the list looks like right now, I wouldn’t even speculate right now. As soon as the information from the final physicals is put together and Ronnie (Barnes) talks to me, I’ll have a little more information.

Q: Was Corey Webster seriously injured near the end of the game yesterday?

A: No.

Q: Are you coming back next year?

A: As I’m standing right here, if they’ll have me.

transcript courtesy Giants communications dept

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

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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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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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Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

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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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

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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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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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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Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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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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. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
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. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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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A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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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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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)

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:

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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)

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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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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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)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge will have the freedom to choose his staff, and that staff will include Thomas McGaughey, who will be staying on as the special teams coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McGaughey, 46, has been working in that capacity with the Giants since 2018, and oversaw a group in 2019 that was among the bright spots for a Giants team that went 4-12.

Before joining the Giants, McGaughey served as the special teams coordinator for the Panthers (2016-17), 49ers (2015), and Jets (2014). He has also served as an assistant special teams coordinator with the Giants (2007-10), Broncos (2005-06), and Chiefs (2002).

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

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There were only five head coaching jobs available in the NFL this cycle in what even Giants co-owner John Mara called "the deepest group of quality candidates I can recall." There was a Super Bowl winner, a Super Bowl loser, some of the hottest college coaches in the country, and a slew of accomplished, well-respected assistant coaches, too.

That the Giants dipped into that deep pool and ended up with Joe Judge, a 38-year-old, relatively unknown special teams coach who had never interviewed for a top job before, stunned many around the NFL, to say the least. He wasn't in demand. His name wasn't being tossed around the media or inside NFL circles.

To many, it was as if the Giants pulled Judge out of thin air.

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Joe Judge/Bill Belichick (Winslow Townson)

The hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants next head coach brought many questions, the main one being how did this special teams coordinator that most haven't heard of become the next man to lead Big Blue on the field? 

When you break down Judge's coaching resume, one thing that pops out is his championship pedigree. He won two National Championships during his time with Alabama as a special teams coach. Then, during his eight seasons with the Patriots, he has three Super Bowl rings to show for his services. 

And those men that led those two powerhouse teams in Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have nothing but praise for Judge. 

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Joe Judge
Joe Judge

The Giants made the hiring of Joe Judge as their 19th head coach in franchise history official on Wednesday. The news initially broke that Judge was finalizing a deal with New York on Tuesday. 

"I am humbled and honored," Judge said in an official press release. "I want to thank John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams for this opportunity. Over the past couple of days we had great conversations about where this team is and where it is headed and how we are going to get there. My job is to lead our players and coaches. The mission is clear, to win games. There is a process to reaching that objective, and we will implement that process and work that process starting today."

Judge has been a member of the Patriots staff for the past eight seasons, serving most recently as the team's special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. Working under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who gave Judge a great recommendation to the Giants, the 38-year-old has been learning the inner workings of what it takes to build a program from one of the best to ever do it. 

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