Pat Shurmur hasn't announced his coaching staff yet, but less than a month after being hired as the new head coach of the Giants he has completely filled it, according to multiple sources and reports.
Here's a look at who will be joining Shurmur in New York (though keep in mind, no official announcements have been made yet):
Defensive Coordinator: In James Bettcher, the Giants got a 39-year-old rising star in the NFL, who was very successful in three years as the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator (where he succeeded Todd Bowles). The Cards ranked fifth, second and sixth in yards allowed and sixth, ninth and sixth against the run. The Tennessee Titans tried to hire him too, but he choose the Giants instead.
He's known for a pretty blitz-happy 3-4 scheme. Shurmur was noncommittal when asked if Bettcher would run a 3-4 in New York, or stick with what has become a standard 4-3 for the Giants. He said he expects a little of both. If they do go 3-4, it's not necessarily a huge transition, and Olivier Vernon in particular would seem to be a fit as a DE/LB outside 3-4 pass rusher. The Giants might need to reinforce their linebacking corps to really make a switch work, though.
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach: The final piece of Shurmur's staff took the longest to fill, but after missing out on at least one (and possibly two) of his top choices, he finally settled on Mike Shula, the former offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. He has no clear ties to Shurmur, but his reign as OC in Carolina coincided with new Giants GM Dave Gettleman's time as the Panthers GM. For most of that time, the Panthers' offense was OK. In 2015, though, it was the top scoring unit in the league as Carolina went 15-1 and reached the Super Bowl. Shurmur will be running and calling his own offense, though, so Shula's impact may be felt more in the quarterback room where he'll be the guy in charge of developing Eli Manning's eventual replacement.
Special teams coordinator: The definitive analysis of NFL special teams (so good that even some teams refer to it) is done by long-time Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin. In 2018, to no one's surprise, the Giants were ranked dead last - and other than a brief surge to second in 2015, they've been in the bottom half a lot in recent years. The Panthers, under Thomas McGaughey, ranked 10th last season. And he's had a trail of success as an ST coordinator with the Panthers, 49ers and Jets in recent years. He also, by the way, coached at LSU when Giants P Brad Wing was there. Odell Beckham Jr., too.
Assistant special teams coordinator: He's not just "Coach," he's also Dr. Anthony Blevins, with a PhD in Instructional Systems and Work Force Development from Mississippi State - a degree he remarkably earned in 2015, during his time coaching the Arizona Cardinals (where he had been a coaching assistant/special teams since 2013). He's also an alumni of the short-lived (and recently restarted) XFL. He's only been coaching in the NFL for five years.
The position coaches
Wide Receivers - The Giants lined up a former LSU receiver in Tyke Tolbert to try to handle their star LSU receiver (Odell Beckham Jr). The previous Giants receivers coach, Adam Henry, was Beckham's receivers coach at LSU. It's hard to tell if that helped, given Beckham's maturity issues, but what's really going to matter is Beckham's health. Tolbert's bigger challenge: Getting Sterling Shepard to the next level and developing others around them.
Linebackers - Shurmur promised he was considering multiple holdovers from Ben McAdoo's staff and the first one he hired was Bill McGovern, according to a source. The two worked together in Philadelphia. The Giants' linebacker corps has hardly been a strength, but a lack of overall quality and plenty of injuries haven't helped. He's well-respected in their room, but the position needs a big upgrade.
Defensive backs - A Staten Island native and former Syracuse assistant, Lou Anarumo may have the toughest job on the team because the Giants' defensive backs room was a disaster last season. Assuming most of the same players return, he'll have to find a way to get through to the troubled CB Eli Apple, and patch his relationship with S Landon Collins who publicly called Apple a "cancer". And he needs to make sure CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins buy in to the Giants' plan after both were suspended last season for violating team rules. His training for this? Six years in the NFL, all as the Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach.
Defensive line -- Gary Emmanuel is a former Rutgers and Syracuse assistant who spent most of his career in the college ranks. He jumped to the NFL to coach the Colts' defensive line in 2012.
Tight ends -- Another holdover from McAdoo's staff will be Lunda Wells, a league source confirmed. The former assistant offensive line coach who was being courted by the Raiders will stay on board and coach the Giants tight ends instead. Yet another former LSU coach, he has been on the Giants' staff since 2012.
Running backs -- And yet another holdover for the Giants will be Craig Johnson, whom a source said will retain the position he's held with the Giants since 2014. They haven't exactly had great success with their running backs in his tenure, but much of that has to do with the porous offensive line in front of him. He has always seemed popular among the backs he coached.
Offensive Line -- The Giants have made it clear their rebuilding effort will begin along the offensive line, and they will start fresh with Hal Hunter as the coach of that unit, according to a report. Hunter was out of football last year after one year as the OL coach in Cleveland. Before that, he spent four years as the assistant OL coach in Indianapolis, and eight years as the OL coach and offensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers.
Assistant defensive backs -- After a 13-year career, including 12 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Deshea Townsend jumped right into coaching, joining the Arizona Cardinals staff in 2011 as the assistant defensive backs coach. The 42-year-old spent the last two seasons coaching the Titans defensive backs.
Assistant offensive line -- Yet another coach with LSU ties -- as a player and as a grad assistant -- Ben Wilkerson spent the last three seasons as the Chicago Bears' assistant offensive line coach. He also spent four seasons in the NFL playing for the Bengals and Falcons.