Changes are in the air for the New York Giants coaching staff. New York found a replacement for former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who announced his retirement from coaching earlier this month with Ben McAdoo filling his vacated position. McAdoo comes to the Giants after spending the past eight seasons as tight ends and quarterbacks coach with the Green Bay Packers.
With the hiring of McAdoo, the Giants continued to make changes to their coaching staff, firing two offensive position coaches on Wednesday. Running backs coach Jerald Ingram and tight ends coach Michael Pope were both let go by the Giants on Wednesday, adding to the Giants process of shoring up their coaching personnel on the offensive side of the ball.
Both Ingram and Pope have been longtime coaches for the Giants and have both worked with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin for a long time as well.
Pope has been an NFL coach the past 31 years, which included 23 seasons with the Giants. In his NFL coaching career; Pope has coached under great head coaches like Bill Parcells and is the only coach in Giants history to ever be a coach in all five Giants super bowl appearances. Pope has been the Giants' tight ends coach the past 13 seasons.
Head coach Tom Coughlin spoke about both coaching firings.
"Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers," noted Coughlin. "I decided to make a change in our staff that I believe will be productive going forward. These are very difficult decisions, but I felt they were in the best interests of the Giants moving forward."
The Giants work though for this offseason has just begun and there are more changes ahead for Big Blue as the G-Men will look quite different in 2014.