The New York Giants are wasting no time in trying to assemble a coaching staff under new head coach Ben McAdoo.
Veteran offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and defensive line coach Robert Nunn will not be returning to the Giants next season. Head strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri is also out, but is likely to be reassigned.
McAdoo is making a major shakeup, seemingly cleaning house as he wants to have complete control of his own coaching staff. Secondary coach David Merritt is now the only remaining assistant left from when Tom Coughlin took over in 2004.
Flaherty, 59, was with the Giants for the past 12 seasons and helped lead the team to two Super Bowl titles, but it appears McAdoo wants to look elsewhere.
Nunn was brought on board in 2010, and did achieve some early success with his defensive line unit, ranking in the top 5 in the NFL in sacks in each of his first two years. However, the Giants failed to crack the top 20 in sacks in three of the past four years, ranking in the bottom 3 in 2015. Although Jerry Reese clearly did not provide the Giants with enough talent, the defensive line was arguably the Giants biggest weakness this year, so the move is understandable. The Giants will certainly look to upgrade the pass rush in the early rounds of the upcoming draft.
Palmieri was one of Tom Coughlin’s closest companions, as the two worked together at Boston College and also with the Jacksonville Jaguars before Palmieri followed Coughlin to New York in 2004. The Giants however, were one of the most injured teams in the NFL over the past few seasons. All five starters on the offensive line missed at least 1 game due to injury this season, and it has been a constant struggle for key members of the defense to remain healthy.
The Giants are hoping that a new strength coach will help to at least reduce the frequency of injuries that they had to endure over past seasons, but obviously luck plays a big part in that as well.
McAdoo has clearly indicated that he wants a fresh start under his regime, which should be welcomed by Giants fans who have had to endure three consecutive losing seasons. It will be interesting to see who McAdoo elects to bring in to fill the many coaching vacancies he has already created.