Coughlin names Tim Lewis

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced the first member of his coaching staff when he named Tim Lewis the team's new defensive coordinator. <BR><BR>

Lewis, 42, spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He brings a tough and aggressive style of defense to the Giants.

"Tim Lewis is a very impressive young coordinator and play-caller," Coughlin said. "His presentation when I met with him yesterday was outstanding. He has had great success over the last four years, and I have watched him develop because we competed in the same division (when Coughlin coached the Jacksonville Jaguars). His style will establish toughness and an aggressive style of play."

Lewis is equally excited to be joining the Giants.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to work for one of the most storied franchises in sports and to return to the east coast close to my hometown," Lewis said. "Coach Coughlin recruited me to Syracuse in 1978, and I actually signed a letter of commitment, but I changed my mind before the national signing day and went to Pitt. I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to work with him twice. We are going to stop the run and pressure the passer, and we're going to do that in a number of ways."

In 2003, Lewis' defense was ranked ninth in the NFL, allowing 298.9 yards a game. The unit was 12th against the run (108.5 yards a game) and 11th against the pass (190.4). Lewis' 2001 defense was ranked first in the NFL in both total defense and rushing defense and was fourth against the pass.

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