Ben McAdoo has announced the rest of his coaching staff for the New York Giants for the upcoming season. 20 assistants were named including eight on offense and seven on defense. In addition, he hired 3 strength and conditioning coaches and two special teams coaches.
Twelve of the assistants that were named were apart of last year’s staff. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was retained to the same position, and former Quarterbacks coach, Mike Sullivan, will become the new offensive coordinator replacing McAdoo. Yet, if you ask McAdoo, he claims that no one was simply retained, but that they all earned there way to the staff and were hired.
“Nobody was retained, there were no holdovers; everyone was hired. When I sat down with everybody on the staff, that was one thing I wanted to make clear. No one was retained, no one was a holdover. Everyone was hired here as part of a new staff.”
In addition to Steve Spanuolo, the Giants have two other coaches who have been former coordinators. Quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. and Offensive line coach Mike Solari have previous experience as coordinators in the past. Cignetti Jr., who McAdoo called a phenomenal teacher, was the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator for the first twelve games last season. Solari has been in the coaching profession for 40 years, and served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2006-2007 season.
It will certainly be different without Tom Coughlin roaming the sidelines, but this group will try to make their own legacy. McAdoo talked about how the experience of the coaches is a blend of both younger and older coaches.
“I think we have a nice mix of youth and experience. Even our young guys tend to have some experience when you look at it. I think we have good teachers who have high character and get the game and understand what we’re looking for from a vision standpoint.”
At the end of the day, this group will have fairly high expectations in a very winnable NFC East.