Hufnagel, a veteran coach who has been in professional football for more than 30 years, spent the 2003 season as the quarterbacks coach for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Under Hufnagel's tutelage, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continued to grow and improve and on Sunday, Brady earned his second Super Bowl MVP award after New England's victory over Carolina. In the last three seasons, Hufnagel has worked with three outstanding NFL quarterbacks in Brady, Mark Brunell and Peyton Manning.
In 2003, Brady completed 317 of 527 passes (60.2 percent) for 3,620 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The previous season, Hufnagel was the quarterbacks coach on Coughlin's staff in Jacksonville. Brunell threw only seven interceptions in 416 pass attempts, and his 85.7 quarterback rating was his highest in four years. In 2001, Hufnagel was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis, where Manning completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 4,131 yards. Prior to that, Hufnagel spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns, for whom he helped develop Tim Couch, the first overall pick in the 1999 draft.
As a coach in the Canadian Football League, Hufnagel worked with Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia.
"John has worked with some outstanding players. Flutie. Garcia. Manning. Brunell. Brady," Coughlin said. "Before I hired John in Jacksonville, I talked to Peyton Manning about him, and he gave him a solid recommendation. He is an outstanding football coach. He has an old-fashioned work ethic. He goes to work and does his job. He is not a hype guy. He is meticulous and detailed."
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