Couglin brings in Sweatman

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced the hiring of Mike Sweatman as the team's special teams coordinator. It is the second tour of duty with the Giants for Sweatman, who was the team's special teams coach from 1985-92. <BR><BR>

Sweatman, 56, is entering his 21st year as an NFL coach. He has been to three Super Bowls, winning two with the Giants in 1986 and 1990, the latter when Coughlin was a member of the coaching staff.

"Mike has the title of Special Teams Coordinator because special teams are an integral part of winning and losing," Coughlin said. "The title is indicative that we place the same emphasis on that position as we do the offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator."

"I am excited about joining Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants again," Sweatman said. "It is a great franchise in a great city, and we're playing in a great division."

Sweatman was the Chicago Bears' special teams coach the previous three seasons. In 2003, the Bears average start following a kickoff was the 33.5-yard line, the best average starting point in the NFL. The Bears were third in the NFL in kickoff returns, with an average of 23.8 yards, and seventh in punt returns, with an average of 11.8 yards. Jerry Azumah returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 29.0 yards on 41 returns, and R.W. McQuarters returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and averaged 12.2 yards on 37 returns.

The Giants averaged 19.9 yards on kickoff returns and 5.1 yards on punt returns and have not brought back a kick of any kind for a score since 2000.

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